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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Bold works from emerging Australian and New Zealand filmmakers.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Preview the next generation of homegrown directors.

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The African Desperate

The African Desperate

A caustically funny art-world satire and an on-point millennial snapshot – The African Desperate wraps these and more into a delicious debut.

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Ahed's Knee

Ahed's Knee

Director Nadav Lapid

A filmmaker faces some home truths in this staggering, stylistically accomplished Cannes prize winner by auteur Nadav Lapid.

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All That Breathes

All That Breathes

Director Shaunak Sen

This Sundance winner follows two brothers whose commitment to rescuing birds highlights the need for humans to care for nature – and one another.

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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Forms collide in this assorted collection of visual storytelling.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Impassioned narratives from this continent’s best.

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Black Fire

Black Fire

First Nations people discuss their place in Australian society in this pioneering work of Aboriginal cinema.

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Blaze

Blaze

A traumatised girl manifests a dragon in this imaginative fable from acclaimed visual artist Del Kathryn Barton, starring Simon Baker and Yael Stone.

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Blue Island

Blue Island

Hong Kong has long been an epicentre of activism. This film uses the prism of generational change to shed light on its ongoing fight for its future.

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CAI-BER

CAI-BER

Desperate to escape the alienation of post-revolution Egypt, a young woman secretly arranges to flee Cairo for Berlin.

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Call Jane

Call Jane

Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver star as activists providing abortions and a lifeline to desperate women prior to Roe v. Wade.

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Children of the Mist

Children of the Mist

A delicately handled documentary portrait of a sparky teen girl torn between her community’s traditions and an independent future.

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Citizen Ashe

Citizen Ashe

A powerful documentary about the life and cultural impact of tennis icon Arthur Ashe, the first Black athlete to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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Clean

Clean

The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

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Closing Night Gala - Clean

Closing Night Gala - Clean

The genuinely inspirational story of how ‘trauma cleaner’ Sandra Pankhurst responded to an unseen world with radical kindness.

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Costa Brava, Lebanon

Costa Brava, Lebanon

Director Mounia Akl

A family escapes toxic Beirut for the idyllic countryside in this heartfelt, politically charged debut set in a near-future Lebanon.

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Delikado

Delikado

From the frontlines, this thriller-esque documentary cuts like a chainsaw at the heart of the Philippines’ fight for its environmental life.

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Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets

Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets

The improbable tale of the irreverent subredditors who took on Wall Street at the height of the pandemic – and caused a financial sensation.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Far-reaching, resonating subjects pulled from various corners of the world.

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The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

Director Maya Newell

Acclaimed filmmaker Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) collaborates with trans trailblazer Georgie Stone for this story of activism and gender affirmation.

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Emily the Criminal

Emily the Criminal

Aubrey Plaza plays a woman with nothing to lose in this thriller about the late-capitalist lines some are willing to cross for the American Dream.

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Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Unconventional cinema that tests the boundaries of form and function.

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Fire Front

Fire Front

Eddie Martin puts viewers on the frontlines of the 2019–2020 bushfires, capturing the catastrophe with a perspective and scale never before seen.

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Franklin

Franklin

A young Tasmanian activist follows in the literal footsteps of his late father, who in the 80s fought to save the pristine Franklin River wilderness.

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From Senegal to Somalia: New African Voices in Cinema

From Senegal to Somalia: New African Voices in Cinema

Stories about unfathomable loss and forbidden lust. These storytellers reflect colonisation's continued impact on the people left in its wake.

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Geographies of Solitude

Geographies of Solitude

A portrait of one woman’s quest to preserve a unique landscape in the face of ecological devastation and the limits of her solitary existence.

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Gondwana

Gondwana

Bear witness to the possible futures of the planet’s oldest tropical rainforest in a world-first durational VR installation.

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Go With Grace

Go With Grace

MIFF Accelerator Lab alumna Domini Marshall (Slap) delivers an affecting exploration of victim-survivor trauma.

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Greenhouse by Joost

Greenhouse by Joost

Joost Bakker investigates what it would be like to grow all the food you ever needed, leaving no waste as you do so, right at your doorstep.

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Harka

Harka

This engrossing, Cannes-premiering debut explores the trials and tribulations of a young Tunisian man in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution.

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History of Ha

History of Ha

Director Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz explores mid-20th-century Philippine history through this rare venture into genre: a finely tuned black comedy.

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Hit the Road

Hit the Road

The debut feature from Jafar Panahi’s son Panah – a 2021 Directors’ Fortnight title – is a chaotic, tender road trip set against a rugged landscape.

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Holy Cowboys

Holy Cowboys

In small-town India, a teenage boy and his friends set off on a quest to become saviours of the holy cow.

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A House Made of Splinters

A House Made of Splinters

This Sundance winner offers a timely, immersive glimpse at the lives of Ukrainian children near the frontlines of the pre-invasion war with Russia.

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I Am Trying to Remember

I Am Trying to Remember

This powerful act of collective cultural memory mixes archival footage, stills and recollections to summon the ghosts of the Iranian Revolution.

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I Didn't See You There

I Didn't See You There

Winner of Sundance’s US Documentary Directing Award, this formidable, deeply personal piece of filmmaking inhabits the perspective of disability.

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International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Remarkable short-form favourites from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

An award-packed cornucopia from directors known and new.

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Leonor Will Never Die

Leonor Will Never Die

In this daring and delirious ode to Philippine cinema, fiction clashes with reality and an elderly filmmaker becomes the hero of her own life.

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Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

In Chad, where religion rules with an iron fist, a teenage girl seeks to end her pregnancy.

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Man on Earth

Man on Earth

Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Ruin, Bastardy) returns to MIFF with this unfaltering, compassionate exploration of voluntary assisted dying.

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Mass

Mass

Director Fran Kranz

Two couples come together for a painful emotional reckoning in the aftermath of a school shooting in this acclaimed debut feature.

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Mud Crab

Mud Crab

Reflecting on her own culpability, a woman recounts the traumatising assault she witnessed of a young man in a small Australian coastal town.

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Nothing Compares

Nothing Compares

Sinéad O’Connor broke the mould: she was a nuclear bombshell, an angelic-voiced firebrand and a woman ahead of her time. But she was broken in return.

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Perianayaki

Perianayaki

For this Sri Lankan immigrant, it’s another day of stacking supermarket shelves – and of cultural misunderstandings.

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Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.

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Sandstorm

Sandstorm

Director Seemab Gul

A Karachi schoolgirl’s world falls apart after she shares a sensual dance video with her virtual boyfriend, who proceeds to blackmail her.

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Seeing Red and Feeling Blue

Seeing Red and Feeling Blue

Director Jane Oehr

Women open up about menstruation, childbirth and their bodies in this cathartic 1974 feminist documentary.

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Shadow

Shadow

This film from world-renowned ensemble Back to Back wonders whether an AI-led future society will further disenfranchise the disability community.

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Tori and Lokita

Tori and Lokita

The Dardennes present another heartbreaking, empathetic tale from the margins of Belgium’s underclass, which won the Cannes 75th Anniversary Prize.

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Under Cover

Under Cover

Director Sue Thomson

As Australia’s housing crisis deepens, this Margot Robbie–narrated film shows us the fastest-growing social group facing homelessness: women over 55.

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Warsha

Warsha

Director Dania Bdeir

This surprising and transcendent Sundance award-winner stars a gender-defying belly dancer as a crane operator in Beirut.

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Watcher

Watcher

Director Chloe Okuno

Maika Monroe stars in a stylish, slow-burn psychological thriller that uses its female gaze to raise questions about who’s watching, and why.

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We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here

From the ancient past to a dystopian future, this genre-hopping First Nations anthology film challenges colonial myths and celebrates resistance.

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When Pomegranates Howl

When Pomegranates Howl

On the streets of Kabul, a child dreams of making it big. Will a chance encounter with a foreigner bring his shot at stardom closer?

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