Program Strands

Africa & Middle East

Africa & Middle East

A modern-day Scheherazade. A Gaza-set romance. Faith collides with extremism. A Pandora’s box of traumatic memories. Selfies and a web of lies. Medicine out of reach. Nigeria’s Safdie brothers.
Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific

Tsai Ming-liang. Ryūsuke Hamaguchi. Hong Sang-soo. Lav Diaz. A city-wide blackout. A primal father–son road trip. WWII spy games and betrayal. A squeegee-wielding vigilante mama.
Australian Films

Australian Films

Franco Cozzo. Ian Thorpe. An aspiring Afghan idol. An acid attack survivor. A battle cry against racism. The beauty of rivers. Twentysomething drift. Olympic wine tasting. A father’s love.
Céline Sciamma: Selects

Céline Sciamma: Selects

A selection of films guest-curated by Céline Sciamma.
Documentaries

Documentaries

Truth is definitely stranger than fiction with MIFF 69’s Documentaries strand, which presents – and probes – the many facets of real life.
Documentary Visions

Documentary Visions

Intriguing new dispatches from filmmakers who see the real world in unique, formally adventurous ways – and for whom there is more to the truth than meets the eye.
Europe

Europe

Radu Jude. Alexey German Jr. Amalia Ulman. A murderous water nymph. Global amnesia pandemic. Mother–daughter con artists. Cellmate soulmates. An aspiring erotic star. Magical massages. Tainted love.
Experimentations

Experimentations

Explore the outer limits of feature-length narrative filmmaking with these works that foreground their formal qualities and challenge with bold approaches to sound, sight and storytelling.
Films on Film

Films on Film

Folk horror. Submerged stories. Dennis Hopper. Beauty and damage. The dark price of fame. What better way to discuss, dissect and demystify film than through the medium of film itself?
Headliners

Headliners

Headlining the festival’s wide-ranging program, these films include some of the most anticipated new works from some of the world’s most revered auteurs and exciting new filmmakers.
It Takes a Village: Collective Filmmaking

It Takes a Village: Collective Filmmaking

A series inspired by the growing cultural emphasis on community and togetherness, showcasing the work of collective filmmakers across the world.
Latin America

Latin America

Cops undercover. Drug cartels. Unexpected parenting. Mixtec community life. A felt but unseen spectre. Dirty money. A middle-aged mum turned avenger.
MIFF Play

MIFF Play

Streaming Australia-wide, MIFF Play offers a selection of MIFF 69’s most scintillating films – available to view right from your couch. There are over 60 titles to choose from!
Music on Film

Music on Film

Always one of MIFF’s most popular programs, Music on Film presents a cine-sonic smorgasbord that thrusts the aural onto the big screen.
New Iranian Cinema

New Iranian Cinema

A special MIFF 69 strand dedicated to showcasing the strength, talent and extraordinary impact of Iran’s visionary filmmakers – both revered and on the rise.
Night Shift

Night Shift

A perennial favourite, Night Shift is the home of things that go bump in the dark, weird, outlandish and hilarious cinematic spaces.
North America

North America

Nicolas Cage. Aubrey Plaza. Michael Caine. A tweetstorm-turned-film. Threat of deportation. Surrogate pregnancy. Hawaiian ghosts. Subterranean tunnels. The self-described “Black Miranda July”.
Premiere Fund

Premiere Fund

The 2021 MIFF Premiere Fund slate showcases a record 11 titles – the largest ever slate in the fund’s 14-year history of supporting Australian ‘stories that need telling’.
Restorations

Restorations

A program of cinematic treasures, classics and curios, newly restored to their former glory – ready to be discovered or ripe for rediscovery.
Shorts

Shorts

The much-loved and internationally acclaimed MIFF Shorts program highlights the art of saying more with less.
Special Events

Special Events

Fulldome presentations, food-and-film experiences, exclusive cinema concerts and the world’s first ever live documentary.
Talks

Talks

No-one likes a talker in the theatre. But outside the cinema, that’s another matter – MIFF Talks will have you discussing, questioning and arguing all things cinematic with the festival’s guest filmmakers and personalities.
XR

XR

Extend your reality with MIFF’s program of XR experiences, which rewrite the frontiers of storytelling through total audiovisual immersion.