73 features and 107 short films were screened from 6 June to 21 June
Program in Focus
Geoff Gardner, Melbourne Film Festival's second director in 30 years (with Erwin Rado as programming consultant), produced the festival's biggest program to date. Continuing the festival's committment to short films, Gardner also programmed a retrospective of István Szabó shorts and paid homage to Bob Godfrey, an Australian-born animator who won an Academy Award for his animated short on the engineer Brunel, titled Great. Two of his short cartoons, Instant Sex and Dream Doll, featured in the 1980 program.
Notable films programmed: The Meetings of Anna (Chantel Akerman), The Man Who Loved Women (François Truffaut), Rough Treatment (Andrzej Wajda), The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff)