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MIFF 2013 - Early Bird Submissions now open and official MIFF 2013 dates

29/10/2012

Early bird submissions for the Melbourne International Film Festival are now open from today, Monday October 29.

The team at MIFF considers and programs films from all over the world, so make sure you submit so that we can consider your masterpiece for our 2013 festival.

We are also delighted to announce the official dates for 2013, Thursday July 25 to Sunday August 11.

We accept all types of feature length films as well as short fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films.

Eligible short films are screened in competition in the Shorts Awards, which are Academy®, AACTA and BAFTA accredited and come with cash prizes. Read all the submission details and enter your film now!

MIFF 2012 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

28/08/2012

As the dust settles over another year of MIFF screenings, the audience polls have been tallied. Over 18 days, MIFF brought you 439 sessions, 337 films, 229 features, 108 shorts, 48 Australian films, 30 World Premieres and 127 Australian premieres.

We're very proud to announce the French film The Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano has taken out the MIFF audience award for best feature, while Searching for Sugar Man, which follows the the mysterious fate of 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez, has won the top prize for documentaries.

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TWO YEARS AT SEA WINS THE TELESCOPE AWARD

19/08/2012

MIFF congratulates English filmmaker Ben Rivers (MIFF guest, 2008) and his film TWO YEARS AT SEA for winning the TeleScope prize for the Best New Feature from the EU.

TeleScope is MIFF’s program of exciting new cinema from the European Union, all without distribution in Australia.

Twelve films from twelve different countries competed for this prize, which was judged by three members of the Film Critics Circle of Australia: Mike Walsh, Dan Edwards and Bernadette Burke.

About the film, the Jury stated: "We have given the award to Two Years at Sea for its bold exploration of ways of going against the grain both in life and in cinema."

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BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT HEADLINES MIFF COMEDY NIGHT

14/08/2012

MIFF is very pleased to confirm that prodigious comic talent Bobcat Goldthwait, director of God Bless America, will be headlining our comedy night in The Festival Lounge on Wednesday 15 August.

He'll be joined by a collection of Melbourne's top comics including Danny McGinlay, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, Matt Kenneally, Geraldine Quinn and Harley Breen, with host and MC Lee Zachariah from ABC TV's The Bazura Project. They'll all be taking turns at the mic, sharing their funniest film tales from 7pm.

Best of all, it's free!

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NEW TALKING PICTURES EVENT ? P.J. HOGAN

10/08/2012

We're excited that director P.J. Hogan as well as his producer, wife and constant collaborator Jocelyn Moorhouse will be joining us for a just-confirmed Talking Pictures event, in conversation with film critic Tom Ryan to talk everything from Muriel to Mental.

From Queensland to Cannes, P.J. Hogan shot onto the world stage with a reputation as one of Australia's most fascinating filmmakers with Muriel's Wedding, continuing with large-scale comic crowdpleasers like My Best Friend's Wedding and Confessions of a Shopaholic to Mental

Mental is Hogan's highly anticipated new work, a working reunion with Toni Collette after 15 years, and MIFF's Closing Night selection for 2012.

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SURPRISE SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED

08/08/2012

MIFF is thrilled to announce that we've added fantastic Cannes hit Laurence Anyways – the third feature from 23-year-old Québécois boy wonder Xavier Dolan – as a surprise screening on Sunday 19 August at The Forum Theatre, starting at 10.15am. Yes, 10.15am!

We've also scheduled the other surprise screenings, all on Sunday 19 August, starting with Into the Abyss in Greater Union 6 at 11am, as a replacement for the cancelled screening last Monday. Ticket sales for this screening will initially be restricted to ticket holders from the previous and cancelled screenings.

In GU 5 at 11am, we're running a second screening of the popular Croker Island Exodus, and in GU 4 at 11am will be a second screening of the equally popular Coniston. In GU 3 at 11am we will screen a repeat of Room 237.

In ACMI 2 at 11am will be a re-scheduled screening of 11:25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate, and in ACMI 2 at 1.30pm an additional screening of the in-demand Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap.

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MIFF 2012: FILM VS DIGITAL

04/08/2012

The onset of digital and the demise of film means that the technical times are a-changing for MIFF; there’s been a huge shift away from 35mm prints and towards DCP (or Digital Cinema Packages, as those people up in the projection booth would say) over the last year. The images on the screen are going to look as good as, if not better than, ever, but there's a whole different way to how we get them there, and both opportunities and challenges for the festival and filmmakers.

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MOLESKINE PARTNERS WITH MIFF FOR A SPECIAL EDITION FILM JOURNAL

04/08/2012

This year, the creation of a customised MIFF Film Passions journal will offer festival attendees the perfect way to create a lasting record of their cinematic experiences. 

Like MIFF, Moleskine loves cinema. Indeed, Moleskine notebooks make regular cinematic cameos – so many, in fact, that there’s even a page on the Moleskine website devoted to them!

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MORE MEET ME AT MIFF SPEED DATING SESSIONS ADDED

02/08/2012

Due to demand, we’ve added two more sessions – a second Under 35s event and a second Queer event.

Going to the cinema is a classic date-night tradition, which is why we introduced Meet Me At MIFF Speed Dating for 2012 – already one of our most popular events. Speed dating with a twist, Meet Me At MIFF offers you the chance to meet other MIFF-centric people, and potentially find someone to share your popcorn.

So if you’re seeking a friend for the night, the long haul or even the end of the world, MIFF has you covered. Attend one of the Meet Me At MIFF sessions on either Monday 6 August or Monday 13 August, then write your own Love Story or Modern Romance in the aisles (but please keep the Vulgaria to yourselves).

If you choose to take your date to zombie rom-com [REC] Genesis, it’s Safety Not Guaranteed. And MIFF knows that not Only the Young or Your Sister’s Sister are looking for love, so we’ve got an eclectic selection of date movies for you to choose, such as Ruby Sparks and Liberal Arts. If Boy Meets Girl is not you thing, try Keep the Lights On. More literary minded lovers might like to check out Bonsai, while cinephiles may bond over the understated Las Acacias or the beguiling Like Someone in Love.

Who knows? You just may find enduring Amour!

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SPECIAL OFFER: 2-FOR-1 SALE

27/07/2012

Can’t decide – or agree with your friends/significant other – on what to see over the first weekend of MIFF? We know the feeling! But we also want to help, which is why we’ve selected some of our favourite films and events and applied a limited 2-for-1 ticket deal!

Choose from SHOCK HEAD SOUL, a unique film telling a remarkable true story of mental illness; Toronto Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize winner AVALON; the strange and compelling Greek absurdist film L; or the IN SESSION: BEN LEWIN event, where Melbourne writer-director Ben Lewin speaks about the long struggle to make his Sundance double award winning crowd-pleaser The Sessions independently.

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MIFF ANNOUNCES DEAD EUROPE

17/07/2012

MIFF is thrilled to announce the confirmation of Tony Krawitz's Dead Europe for this year's festival. To screen on Sunday 19 August, Dead Europe is The Tall Man director's bravura adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas' award-winning novel of the same name. Featuring a cast of local talent including Ewen Leslie (Sleeping Beauty), Marton Csokas (South Solitary) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In; ParaNorman, MIFF 12), Dead Europe offers a “dose of arthouse angst with a gothic garnish” – Variety.

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MIFF LAUNCHES 2012 PROGRAM

11/07/2012

P.J. HOGAN’S MENTAL ANNOUNCED AS CLOSING NIGHT FILM

The Melbourne International Film Festival launched its 61st program last night, announcing P.J. Hogan’s Mental will close the Festival on Saturday 18 August.

“How wonderful that we are able to book-end the 2012 MIFF with what will surely be two of the biggest Australian films of the year, in The Sapphires and Mental. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast, P.J. Hogan’s new film is as outrageously fun as it is smart and moving,” said Artistic Director Michelle Carey.

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