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2008

2008

Blake Williams returns to MIFF with a stereoscopic 3D piece that collapses time, distance and intimacy.

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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Revisit selected Australian titles from the MIFF 68½ Shorts program, featuring work by filmmakers participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021.
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Ain't No Time for Women

Ain't No Time for Women

Hot Docs 2021’s Best Canadian Short Documentary winner turns the lens on Saïda’s, a salon where Tunisian women can talk politics while getting their hair done.

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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Diverse new animated shorts from around the world and closer to home.
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As One

As One

In the woods, a young woman and man scuffle as they fight for life.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films.
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Azor

Azor

A complex mystery unravels within the pressure cooker of 1980 Argentina, revealing just how dark and dirty the privileged world of money really is.
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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Director Radu Jude

Sex is fodder for black comedy in this scathing portrayal of life in the age of COVID-19.

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Baltasar

Baltasar

An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.

Beautiful They

Beautiful They

A chance meeting paves the way for a deeper connection.

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The Bends

The Bends

A mixed martial arts fighter discovers she’s pregnant in the lead-up to the most important fight of her career.

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Blind Ambition

Blind Ambition

From Zimbabwe to South Africa and onto France, four refugees with a passion for wine dream big and defy expectations in this feel-good film of Olympic proportions.
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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

After 18 months and however many lockdowns later, bodies tremble for movement. But there is another performer on stage: the camera.
Bodyless

Bodyless

Military rule fuses with ultra-modern digital technologies to open up an ethereal portal that transcends time.

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Bonanza!

Bonanza!

Commissioned by Chunky Move, this playfully experimental work traverses ritual, body modification and algorithms.

Bridge to Sovietopia

Bridge to Sovietopia

Roam through Soviet ruins in this poetic dissection of a crumbled past and an always forward-looking future.

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Bubble

Bubble

Director Haonan Wang

A couple’s date at a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall takes a turn for the ravenous.

Bulletproof

Bulletproof

Hot Docs award winner Todd Chandler examines disturbing evolutions in today’s USA, where schools operate in the shadow of mass shootings.

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CODA

CODA

Director Siân Heder

A sweet, touchingly funny tale about a working-class teen whose newfound passion for singing helps her connect with her deaf family in new ways.

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Coming Home in the Dark

Coming Home in the Dark

For one family, a wholesome trip to New Zealand’s remote countryside turns into the stuff of nightmares.

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Craftsman

Craftsman

Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.

Cryptozoo

Cryptozoo

Director Dash Shaw
Lake Bell and Michael Cera lead the voices in this animated oddity that takes a surprisingly emotional trip through eco-activism, nature and mythical creatures.
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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Short documentaries from around the globe.
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Don't Forget to Go Home

Don't Forget to Go Home

Two Fijian-Indian sisters escape their cousin’s wedding to get high on disobedience and drugs.

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The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

Leah Purcell AM writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.

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Each Other

Each Other

An absurdist study of the human body as a limitless instrument for self-discovery.

Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Films that experiment with form, content and style.
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Finding Jedda

Finding Jedda

The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.

Gaia

Gaia

Director Jaco Bouwer

Mytho-pagan eco horror meets fungi-infused body horror in the primordial South African jungle.

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Geeta

Geeta

This true story of an acid attack survivor’s fight to alter her daughter’s destiny is an inspiring and heartwarming call-to-action.

Genus Pan

Genus Pan

Director Lav Diaz

Slow-cinema master Lav Diaz returns with another mordantly meditative piece – one that nabbed him Venice’s Orizzonti Best Director gong.

The Gig Is Up

The Gig Is Up

Subtitled A Very Human Tech Doc, this timely documentary exposes the true cost of the gig economy quietly powering our everyday lives.

Girls | Museum

Girls | Museum

A guided tour through art history as seen through the female gaze – and a savvy, subversive rejoinder to centuries of representation from the eyes of the male beholder.

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Glen

Glen

Divorced, lonely and inept with the web, a 50-year-old man decides to try his hand at finding love online – with spectacularly catastrophic results.

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Gravedad

Gravedad

In a world with extremes of gravity, Rosa must navigate what it means to feel emotional ups and downs.

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Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful

Misogynist or champion of women? This expansive portrait of a controversial fashion icon captures both light and shade.

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Hot Mother

Hot Mother

Director Lucy Knox

Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.

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The Human Voice

The Human Voice

Tilda Swinton sets the screen ablaze in Pedro Almodóvar’s expressionistic, dangerously dramatic English-language debut.

I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face

Director Sameh Alaa

Cannes’ 2020 Short Film Palme d’Or winner depicts the lengths a young man goes to in a bid to see his girlfriend one last time.

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The I and S of Lives

The I and S of Lives

Kevin Jerome Everson’s camera dances with a rollerskater in this mesmerising exercise in fluidity and embeddedness.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

A collective springs to life in this radiant tribute to radical Black politics.

International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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In the Earth

In the Earth

In a forest in England, Ben Wheatley builds the folk horror of your most feverish pandemic nightmares.

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Ithaka

Ithaka

The campaign to free Julian Assange takes on intimate dimensions in this documentary portrait of an elderly man’s fight to save his son.

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Jeanette Is the Dog

Jeanette Is the Dog

Director Pat Mooney

Melbourne has never looked sleeker than in this low-key mumblecore piece.

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

Oliver Stone knows who really killed the president. Now, his new documentary sets out to convince you.

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The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.

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The Kids

The Kids

Award-winning filmmaker Eddie Martin revisits the cultural landscape of Larry Clark’s iconic 90s film, which paved a bumpy path for its young stars’ future success.

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KKUM

KKUM

Prayers by day, dreams by night – a mother keeps her son safe.

Lagos at Large

Lagos at Large

Weave your way through the bustling streets and idyllic beaches of Lagos.

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Laura

Laura

Two estranged friends stumble upon each other and reconnect over a shared loss.

La Verónica

La Verónica

Ema star Mariana Di Girólamo is magnetically front and centre – literally – as a dangerous wannabe social media influencer in this dark drama.

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Lili Alone

Lili Alone

Director Zou Jing

Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.

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Listen to the Beat of Our Images

Listen to the Beat of Our Images

As humans shoot for the stars, what do we lose along the way?

Luzzu

Luzzu

A lead turn reminiscent of Marlon Brando anchors this neo-realist look at the Maltese fishing industry.

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Maat Means Land

Maat Means Land

Director Fox Maxy

Poised at the intersection of activism and art, wunderkind Fox Maxy’s TikTok-esque tapestry documents the injustice and legacy of colonisation.

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MIFF Centrepiece Gala - Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

MIFF Centrepiece Gala - Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

The “Black Woodstock” of 1969, which was filmed but never seen, finally makes it to the big screen in this Sundance US Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner.

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MIFF Opening Night Gala - The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

MIFF Opening Night Gala - The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

Leah Purcell AM writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.

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Moffie

Moffie

This bruising, tender queer drama reminiscent of Beau Travail explores homophobia and repressed desire in the Apartheid-era South African military.

The Monopoly of Violence

The Monopoly of Violence

This timely, intelligent and emotional examination of state-sanctioned violence reveals a disturbingly universal story.

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Director Maria Speth

This sprawling, tender documentary captures the inspiring relationship between an unorthodox German schoolteacher and his culturally diverse teenage class.

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Multiply

Multiply

Director Rhys Graham

A 2020 large-scale participatory-dance work choreographed by the acclaimed Stephanie Lake expresses the inexpressible in lockdown.

Nafi’s Father

Nafi’s Father

Director Mamadou Dia

Two brothers with diametrically opposed approaches to their faith are pitted against one another in this tense family drama.

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Nest

Nest

A timber feller, kept awake by his infant child’s cries of hunger, encounters something perturbing in the woods.

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Nestor

Nestor

Routine is the only thing keeping Nestor afloat.

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Nezunoban

Nezunoban

Michael Beets depicts an elderly woman enacting the titular Japanese death ritual for her husband.

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Nina

Nina

In this multi-award-winning drama, a child pickpocket dreams of a better life.

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The Ninth Tower

The Ninth Tower

When the Victorian Government locks down his public-housing building, a teenager responsible for his mother’s welfare is pushed to the brink.

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Nitram

Nitram

A narrative depiction of the events leading up to one of the darkest chapters in modern Australian history from MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Justin Kurzel.

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

Maliciously outed after his death, musician Billy Tipton is now a transmasculine icon.

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo Mixteco

The lives of Indigenous women collide in this powerful feature debut, which takes aim at poverty, prejudice and the patriarchy.

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O Black Hole!

O Black Hole!

Director Renee Zhan

Loneliness is operatic in the latest film by Renee Zhan.

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Off Country

Off Country

Indigenous teenagers navigate exams, social dramas and maintaining meaningful connections to home while at boarding school.

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Oldboy's Apples

Oldboy's Apples

Director Brad Hock

Join a demon, a puppy and a rat in this stop-motion headtrip about a mysterious, magically summoned apple tree.

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One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

Director Wang Yuyan

In the age of information overload, the challenge is to avoid drowning.

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The Painted Bird

The Painted Bird

This winner of multiple Czech Lion awards as well as Venice’s UNICEF Award is a stunning, utterly harrowing indictment of humanity at its worst.

Pebbles

Pebbles

Awarded IFFR’s top prize, this lean, arresting debut follows a primal father–son road trip across the arid landscapes of southern India.

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Pleasure

Pleasure

Göteborg’s Best Feature Film winner fearlessly dissects the contemporary porn industry through the perspective of a young woman determined to be a star.

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Poise

Poise

Stuck in a holding pattern, two men attempt to break the cycle.

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Poleng

Poleng

Director Naina Sen

Naina Sen explores the relationship between biracial identity and generational belonging through traditional Balinese dance.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Director Lydia Rui

A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.

Queen of Glory

Queen of Glory

Director Nana Mensah

This gutsy and charming film about a young Ghanaian-American woman at a crossroads marks the arrival of a filmmaker with a fresh, unique vision.

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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

This Sundance 2020 Audience Award winner is a revelatory, immersive adaptation of Naoki Higashida’s memoir of a neurodiverse life.

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Reptile

Reptile

You always have to watch out for those early warning signs.

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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

An intimate portrait of the life and death of beloved globe-trotting television presenter Anthony Bourdain from the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet from Stardom.

Rock Bottom Riser

Rock Bottom Riser

Director Fern Silva

Erupting with unforgettable images of Hawaii, this boundary-breaking essay film captures the splendour and turbulent colonial history of the island nation.

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The Scary of Sixty-First

The Scary of Sixty-First

Horrific real-world news story becomes giallo-inspired horror in this gleefully deranged interrogation of our conspiracy-fuelled, edgelord-filled times.

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Slap

Slap

An intimidating encounter with a group of teens forces a 12-year-old to ponder her place in the world.

Souad

Souad

Director Ayten Amin

Tradition and technology meet head-on in this tense coming-of-age drama about two Egyptian teens and a web of deceptions.

Spirits and Rocks: An Azorean Myth

Spirits and Rocks: An Azorean Myth

A meditative guide through the Azores archipelago’s history and its inhabitants’ connection to the volatile land.

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Such Small Hands

Such Small Hands

When a new arrival is alienated by her peers at a girls’ orphanage, she exacts revenge by inventing an activity that takes gameplay to the extreme.

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

The “Black Woodstock” of 1969, which was filmed but never seen, finally makes it to the big screen in this Sundance US Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner.

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Sun Children

Sun Children

A gang of streets kids is hired to pull off a dangerous heist in this Oscar-shortlisted coming-of-age drama from Iranian master director Majid Majidi.

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Sunset Country

Sunset Country

A middle-aged woman cares for her elderly father, whose will to live is on the wane.

Topside

Topside

A tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.

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Tough

Tough

After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.

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Uluru & the Magician

Uluru & the Magician

A Sydney magician devises a stunt to disappear Uluru, but is his dream of making it big as illusory as his planned vanishing act?

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Unclenching the Fists

Unclenching the Fists

Winner of the 2021 Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes, this Russian drama from the producers of Beanpole travels to the dark heart of an unusual family.

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The Wasteland

The Wasteland

Abbas Kiarostami protégé Ahmad Bahrami’s 2020 Venice Orizzonti Award winner is a dreamlike expedition to a remote Iranian factory.

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With the Cattle

With the Cattle

A ruminative film on the interplay between bovine lives and human consumption.

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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From race to religion, flesh to nature, this comprehensive documentary explores how cinema exhumes the old traumas that modernity tries to bury.

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You and Me, Before and After

You and Me, Before and After

Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.