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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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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Forms collide in this assorted collection of visual storytelling.

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The Apartment With Two Women

The Apartment With Two Women

Director Kim Se-in

This multiple Busan International Film Festival award-winner, including Actress of the Year, is an electrifying portrait of familial rupture.

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Astel

Astel

An exquisitely told coming-of-age drama about a young Senegalese girl whose relationship with her father undergoes a significant shift.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Impassioned narratives from this continent’s best.

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Before, Now & Then

Before, Now & Then

Amid Indonesia’s 1960s political upheaval, a woman in a loveless second marriage finds comfort and understanding from an unexpected quarter.

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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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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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Clara Sola

Clara Sola

In remote Costa Rica, a sheltered 40-year-old woman with healing gifts experiences a sexual and mystical awakening.

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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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The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future

This surreal, offbeat fable of environmental destruction and familial reconciliation defies audience expectations at every turn.

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Creature

Creature

This dazzling, Locarno award-winning experimental work explores the interiority of a mind in which pain takes the form of a creature.

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The Crossing

The Crossing

Mixing realism and myth, this award-winning film uses a unique animation style to tell the story of two war-torn siblings with beauty, light and hope.

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The Demands of Ordinary Devotion

The Demands of Ordinary Devotion

Director Eva Giolo

A sensualist exploration of plain pleasures, constructed from a game of chance and encounters in workshops and homes across Rome.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

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

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Dreaming Walls

Dreaming Walls

Step inside New York’s iconic Chelsea Hotel as a decade-long refurbishment nears completion, and meet its colourful residents and illustrious ghosts.

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Eami

Eami

Director Paz Encina

The winner of Rotterdam’s Tiger Award melds magic realism, mythology, ecology and ethnography into an exquisite cine-poem.

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Earwig

Earwig

Lucile Hadžihalilović’s latest enigma – a beguiling body-horror nightmare – will wriggle its way into your mind.

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Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Unconventional cinema that tests the boundaries of form and function.

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Faces 1976/1996

Faces 1976/1996

A silent exploration of the beauty of unadorned human faces and the identities they express.

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Fire of Love

Fire of Love

Director Sara Dosa

In this love story written in lava, two intrepid scientists who adore volcanoes as much as each other gift the world with something extraordinary.

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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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Fury

Fury

Director Julia Siuda

Disembodied heads, fingers, limbs and teeth run amok in this wildly imaginative, deeply unsettling animation.

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Futura

Futura

Three of Italy’s finest filmmakers take to the road to craft a humanistic portrait of the country today, as seen through the eyes of its youth.

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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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Home

Home

A young Rwandan woman returns to her family home in this Locarno award-winning drama that takes an unflinching look at domestic violence.

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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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Inner Outer Space

Inner Outer Space

This Oberhausen Special Mention recipient explores the relationships between characters and landscape, image and sound, materiality and artifice.

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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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It's Raining Frogs Outside

It's Raining Frogs Outside

In this fresh Filipino vision of the end of the world, a young woman confronts the terrors of her childhood home as frogs pour down from the sky.

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Jane by Charlotte

Jane by Charlotte

Charlotte Gainsbourg makes her directorial debut with this tender, quietly revelatory portrait of her mother, Jane Birkin.

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Kāinga

Kāinga

Following the New Zealand anthologies Waru and Vai, this third film in the series recounts eight Asian women’s search for belonging across Aotearoa.

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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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Lime Parfait

Lime Parfait

Director Pat Mooney

On a hot day in Melbourne’s western suburbs, a young woman paints her nanna’s pergola before the house is auctioned.

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Long Line of Ladies

Long Line of Ladies

A girl and her community prepare for her Ihuk, the once-dormant coming-of-age ceremony of the Karuk tribes of Northern California.

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Lucky Peach

Lucky Peach

Director Grace Tan

An imaginative, deeply personal story about the tensions that develop between an immigrant mother and a young woman as she prepares to head abroad.

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Masquerade

Masquerade

Director Olive Nwosu

A queer woman returns to her Lagos home in search of healing, where she discovers a new understanding of the people and experiences that shaped her.

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Millie Lies Low

Millie Lies Low

In first-time feature director Michelle Savill’s anxiety-inducing knockout, a woman misses a flight and digs herself a very deep, very funny hole.

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Mira's Daughter

Mira's Daughter

Seeking to emerge from her mother’s shadow, a 12-year-old sabotages the aspiring celebrity’s reality TV audition.

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Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Join a telekinetic young woman on a wild and bloody trip to New Orleans in this horror-comedy from the director of A Girl Walks Home at Night.

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My Small Land

My Small Land

Hirokazu Kore-eda protégé Ema Kawawada debuts with this heart-rending drama exploring the little-seen world of Kurdish asylum seekers in Japan.

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Myth

Myth

When strangers appear outside her window and lure her mother away, seven-year-old Sophie follows.

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Nazarbazi

Nazarbazi

In this film about love and desire in Iranian cinema, which won a Rotterdam Ammodo Tiger Short Award, depictions of intimacy and touch are prohibited.

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Not Dark Yet

Not Dark Yet

Director Bonnie Moir

Confined to his room in an aged-care facility, an older man in decline struggles with his son’s abrupt departure.

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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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Palm Trees and Power Lines

Palm Trees and Power Lines

Director Jamie Dack

In this powerfully unsettling examination of consent and predation, which won a Sundance Directing Award, a teenager falls for a man twice her age.

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Patterns of the Afternoon

Patterns of the Afternoon

Two women cross paths one afternoon as they move into and out of an apartment block.

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Persona

Persona

Director Sujin Moon

The first Korean animated short to be selected for Cannes’s competition, Persona is a bizarre trip through the toxic beauty standards of social media.

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Piggy

Piggy

The cruelty of teenage girls is more distressing than the growing pile of bloodied bodies in this ferocious study of the horrors of bullying.

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Pink Reef

Pink Reef

A mermaid struggles with identity in an alienating suburban world without running water.

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Plan 75

Plan 75

This disquieting sci-fi drama direct from Cannes envisions a dark path for Japan’s ageing population.

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Playground

Playground

A gripping child’s-eye view of the cycles of bullying and how the schoolyard mirrors the ‘playground’ of adult life.

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Please Baby Please

Please Baby Please

What would you get if you threw John Waters, Marlon Brando and A Clockwork Orange into a neon-soaked celluloid blender? This film might be the answer.

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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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Soft Animals

Soft Animals

Director Renee Zhan

MIFF favourite Renee Zhan (O Black Hole!, Reneepoptosis) returns with a beautifully rendered oddity about a pair of ex-lovers.

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Sweet As

Sweet As

Director Jub Clerc

The Breakfast Club meets the outback in this uplifting coming-of-age road movie by Nyul Nyul / Yawuru director Jub Clerc (The Turning, The Heights).

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The Tsugua Diaries

The Tsugua Diaries

Both a “lockdown journal” and a piece of fiction, this collaboration between Portuguese auteurs pushes the limits between truth and tale.

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Unclenching the Fists

Unclenching the Fists

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

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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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Washday

Washday

As her father turns his car into a water pump, a little girl transforms into a force of nature.

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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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The Water Murmurs

The Water Murmurs

Director Story Chen

The 2022 Cannes Short Film Palme d’Or winner is a hypnotic work that watches with strange wonder as the world ends in the aftermath of an asteroid.

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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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We Might As Well Be Dead

We Might As Well Be Dead

A sanctuary on the fringes of a dystopian civilisation crumbles from its own oppressive prejudices in this inventive and surreal feature debut.

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We Never Asked for This

We Never Asked for This

Director Ella Lawry

Frankie and Charlie regret moving into a tiny home, but a sick cockatiel offers a welcome distraction.

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Yuni

Yuni

Toronto’s 2021 Platform Prize winner is a vibrant yet bittersweet portrait of adolescent girlhood colliding with the weight of cultural expectations.

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