Melbourne Film Festival Has Launched And With MIFF Awards


MIFF 70: MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH EXPANSIVE PROGRAM OF WORLD-CLASS FILMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

Heralding a milestone celebration, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced a monumental 70th program overflowing with premiere showcases, buzzworthy international features and special anniversary events in the festival’s first in-cinema Melbourne schedule since 2019.
Throughout August, Melbourne’s city and surrounds will be consumed by film, with 257 feature films, 102 shorts and 12 XR works on the bill for MIFF’s 70th anniversary. The 2022 line-up will showcase 18 world premieres, 12 international premieres and 177 Australian premieres, including a record 61 titles arriving from Cannes.
Across the festivities, MIFF’s 70-year role in connecting cinema with audiences will be honoured through curated ambassador screenings, star-studded guest appearances, expertly-executed restorations and an extensive Melbourne on Film retrospective.
The festival’s status as the Southern Hemisphere’s leading and longest-running film festival will be firmly cemented with the introduction of the MIFF Bright Horizons Competition.

Over 18 days (4-21 August), the 2022 in-cinema program will unfold across familiar metro sites, while a far- reaching suburban and regional program will see MIFF stretch its footprint across the state through the month. MIFF Play, the festival’s online streaming platform, will host 105 festival features and shorts, enabling audiences to join the party at home and across Australia from 11-28 August.
The MIFF Premiere Fund celebrates MIFF’s 70th with a record 11 films in the line-up, including Of an Age, from MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Goran Stolevski, having the honour of being the Opening Night film at Hamer Hall, and Franklin, from MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Kasimir Burgess, featuring as the first night film across MIFF’s nine-town regional program.
Of the landmark occasion, MIFF Artistic Director, Al Cossar, said: “MIFF in 2022 marks an extraordinary welcome back to Melbourne cinemas and beyond, following two years of COVID-19 disruption – a full scale program, suburban and regional expansions across nine country Victorian settings, and Australia wide access to an incredible film program via MIFF Play. On top of everything, we turn 70 years young, a milestone to celebrate by charting, across our program, the special connection MIFF has with Melbourne itself; and a moment to not only mark history, but make it, with the introduction of the extraordinary filmmakers of the Bright Horizons Competition. How special and exciting it will be for all of us to step back into the world of festival movie-going and share the magic of MIFF once more.”

MIFF AWARDS
For the first time in its 70-year history, 2022 will mark the launch of MIFF’s own in-festival competition program. As the Southern Hemisphere’s richest feature film competition, the Bright Horizons Competition will champion bold Australian and international directorial voices and fresh filmmaking talent, with a specific focus on first and second time features.

Minister for Creative Industries, Steve Dimopoulos, said: “In this landmark 70th year, we’re proud to support the festival to deliver a major new award that positions MIFF among the world’s top film events. The award, and our continued investment in the success of MIFF, are part of the Victorian Government’s VICSCREEN strategy which is delivering Victoria onto the world stage as a screen powerhouse.”

In addition to the flagship $140,000 Bright Horizons Best Film Award, The Blackmagic Design Australian Innovation Award will recognise an Australian filmmaking talent for their work – i.e. as director, creative lead or cinematographer – within a film screening at the festival, with $70,000 awarded to the winner.

The MIFF Audience Award will also return, with punters given the chance to vote for their favourite flick from across the festival program.
Presented by Nicolas Feuillatte, the MIFF Awards Ceremony will take place on 20 August at The Forum Melbourne.

GALAS
• Of an Age
• DC League of Super-Pets • Clean
HEADLINERS
• Alcarràs
• Broker
• Close
• Corsage
• Crimes of the Future • Decision to Leave
• The Eight Mountains • Funny Pages
• Godland
• Hit the Road
• One Fine Morning
• Stars at Noon
• Sweet As (Premiere Fund)
• Three Thousand Years of Longing • Tori and Lokita
• Triangle of Sadness
• Where Is Anne Frank
BRIGHT HORIZONS COMPETITION
• Aftersun
• The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future • Domingo and the Mist
• Leonor Will Never Die
• Mass
• Neptune Frost
• Petrol (Premiere Fund)
• Playground
• Robe of Gems
• Rodeo
• The Stranger
AUSTRALIAN FILMS
• Anak
• Audrey Napanangka
• Because We Have Each Other (Premiere Fund) • Blaze
• Everybody’s Oma
• General Hercules
• It’s Fine, I’m Fine
• The Lonely Spirits Variety Hour
• Lonesome
• The Lost City of Melbourne
• Man on Earth
• Moja Vesna (Premiere Fund)
• The Plains
• Senses of Cinema (Premiere Fund)
• Seriously Red
• Shadow
• Under Cover (Premiere Fund)
• Volcano Man (Premiere Fund)
• We Were Once Kids
• When Pomegranates Howl
DOCUMENTARIES
• The Balcony Movie • Blue Island
• Children of the Mist • Citizen Ashe
• Diamond Hands: The Legend of WallStreetBets
• Dreaming Walls
• Fashion Reimagined
• Framing Agnes
• Futura
• Hide and Seek
• A House Made of Splinters • I Didn’t See You There
• Lynch/Oz
• Mr Landsbergis
• My Imaginary Country
• My Old School
• Navalny
• Nelly & Nadine
• The Pawnshop
• The Pez Outlaw
• The Real Charlie Chaplin
• The Reason I Jump
• Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams • We, Students!
DOCUMENTARY VISIONS
• 107 Mothers
• A Night of Knowing Nothing • De Humani Corporis Fabrica • Foragers
• Gods of Mexico
• Il Buco
INTERNATIONAL: ASIA PACIFIC
• The Apartment With Two Women • Are You Lonesome Tonight?
• Before, Now & Then
• The Cloud Messenger
• History of Ha
• In Front of Your Face
• Joyland
• Kāinga
• Millie Lies Low
• The Mole Song – Final
• The Novelist’s Film
• Plan 75
• Return to Dust
• Return to Seoul
• Whether the Weather Is Fine • Yuni
INTERNATIONAL: AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
• Ahed’s Knee
• The Blue Caftan
• Boy From Heaven
• Costa Brava, Lebanon
• The Dam
• The Exam
• The Gravedigger’s Wife • Harka
• Holy Spider
• Leila’s Brothers
• Lingui, the Sacred Bonds • Mediterranean Fever
• The Stranger
• Under the Fig Trees
INTERNATIONAL: EUROPE
• Brian and Charles
• Burning Days
• Everybody Loves Jeanne
• Evolution
• LOLA
• Metronom
• The Mountain
• Pacifiction
• Pamfir
• The Passengers of the Night • Peter von Kant
• Pilgrims
• The Quiet Girl
• R.M.N.
• Reflection
• Rimini
• Sick of Myself
• Silent Land
• The Silent Twins
• Unclenching the Fists
• Unrest
• Vortex
• The Water
• We Might As Well Be Dead • Will-o’-the-Wisp
INTERNATIONAL: LATIN AMERICA
• 1976
• The Box
• Clara Sola
• Eami
• La Jauría
• A Male
• Mars One
• Prayers for the Stolen • Utama
INTERNATIONAL: NORTH AMERICA
• The African Desperate • Call Jane
• Dual
• Emily the Criminal
• Falcon Lake
• The Humans
• The Integrity of Joseph Chambers • A Love Song
• On the Count of Three
• Palm Trees and Power Lines
• Please Baby Please
• That Kind of Summer
• War Pony
• Warm Blood
MUSIC ON FILM
• Age of Rage – The Australian Punk Revolution • Ennio
• Jane by Charlotte
• Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind
• Meet Me in the Bathroom • Moonage Daydream
• Nothing Compares
• Pub: The Movie
• Rewind & Play
• Who Killed The KLF?
NIGHT SHIFT
• Bodies Bodies Bodies • Enys Men
• Final Cut
• Flux Gourmet
• Incredible but True
• Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon • Piggy
• Saloum
• Sissy
• Something in the Dirt
• Speak No Evil
• Watcher
• You Won’t Be Alone
THE NATURAL WORLD
• All That Breathes
• Delikado
• The Endangered Generation? (Premiere Fund) • Fire Front
• Fire of Love
• Geographies of Solitude
• Greenhouse by Joost (Premiere Fund)
• I’m So Sorry
• A Marble Travelogue
• Nature
• Franklin (Premiere Fund)
RESTORATIONS
• The Cassandra Cat • Demon Pond
• Sambizanga
• Vive L’Amour
EXPERIMENTATIONS
• The Afterlight
• The Cathedral
• El Gran Movimiento
• Give Me Pity!
• The Tale of King Crab
• The Tsugua Diaries
• The United States of America
ANIMATIONS
• Battlecry
• Marcel the Shell With Shoes On • My Sunny Maad
• No Dogs or Italians Allowed
• Unicorn Wars
DIRECTOR IN FOCUS: LUCILE HADŽIHALILOVIĆ
• City of Pirates
• De Natura
• Earwig
• Évolution (Hadžihalilović)
• The Goddess
• Inferno
• Innocence
• La bouche de Jean-Pierre
• Nectar
• The Spirit of the Beehive
• Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
DIRECTOR IN FOCUS: MÁRTA MÉSZÁROS
• Adoption
• Diary for My Children • Don’t Cry, Pretty Girls! • The Girl
• The Heiresses
MIFF SCHOOLS
• Embrace Kids
• My Small Land
• The Crossing
• We Are Still Here
SPECIAL EVENTS
• Bluey: In Cinema with Joe Brumm
• David Thomas Tribute Screening – Splice Here: A Projected Odyssey
• Hear My Eyes: Chopper + Springtime & Mick Harvey
• MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: One More Time With Feeling + This Much I Know to Be True
• MIFF Ambassador Special Screening: The Sound of One Hand Clapping
• Sounds of the Screen: Movie Music Across Victorian Landscapes
MELBOURNE ON FILM RETROSPECTIVE
• 2000 Weeks
• An Ordinary Woman
• Black Fire
• Body Melt
• Bonjour Balwyn
• Clay
• The Club
• Death in Brunswick
• Dogs in Space
• Endangered
• Faces 1976/1996
• Ghosts… of the Civil Dead
• Harry’s War
• Head On
• Hey Al, Baby
• The Home Song Stories
• Homosexuality: A Film for Discussion • In Search of Anna
• In This Life’s Body
• Love and Other Catastrophes
• Maggie May
• Mad Max
• Malcolm
• The Melbourne Wedding Belle
• Monaco
• Monkey Grip
• Moving Out
• Noise
• No Way to Forget
• Oz – A Rock’n’Roll Road Movie
• The Pudding Thieves
• Pure Shit
• The Rise and Fall of Squizzy Taylor
• Seeing Red and Feeling Blue
• Showing Melbourne to Maningrida
• The Spag
• The Story of the Kelly Gang
• A Ticket in Tatts
• Violence in Cinema: Part 1
• We Aim to Please
• Winter’s Harvest
• Your House and Mine

MIFF SHORTS
• [STERILE]
• after a clearing
• An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
• Anxious Body
• Astel
• Becoming Male in the Middle Ages
• CAI-BER
• Camera Test
• The Canyon
• Creature
• The Demands of Ordinary Devotion
• Ding
• The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone
• Five Cents
• The Flying Sailor
• Fury
• Gem
• Gemini
• Go With Grace
• Goodbye Jérôme!
• Hideous
• Holy Cowboys
• Home
• Horse Brothers
• A House
• I Am Trying to Remember
• Ice Merchants
• In His Mercy
• Inner Outer Space
• Intersect
• Isn’t It a Beautiful World
• It’s Raining Frogs Outside
• Lime Parfait
• Long Line of Ladies
• Lucky Peach
• Masquerade
• Mate
• Mira’s Daughter
• Mom’s Cat
• Moshari
• Mud Crab
• Murmurs of the Jungle
• Myth
• Nazarbazi
• Not Dark Yet
• Nowhere to Go but Everywhere
• Patterns of the Afternoon
• Perianayaki
• Persona
• Phlegm
• Pink Reef
• Polycephaly in D
• Punctured Sky
• RIM
• Rustling
• Same Old
• Sandstorm
• Show Me Other Places
• Sierra
• Skin & Bone
• Soft Animals
• Something in the Garden
• The Sound of Dreaming
• Strange Country
• Subtotals
• Sushi Noh
• Tremor
• Trumpets in the Sky
• Tsutsué
• Tuī Ná
• Victim
• Warsha
• Washday
• Wasteland No. 3: Moons, Sons
• The Water Murmurs
• We Never Asked for This
• Will My Parents Come to See Me • Will You Look at Me
XR: 360
• Madame Pirate: Becoming a Legend • Montegelato
• The Reflected City
• Tearless
XR: INTERACTIVE
• Child of Empire • Diagnosia
• Gondwana
• Monoliths
• Night Creatures
• On the Morning You Wake (To the End of the World)
• Project Zero
• Speak of Country

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