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As part of MIFF's Next Gen program, we will be screening the powerful, important documentary Bully (presented by headspace). MIFF has now confirmed a special discussion event around the film exclusively for student groups. The film's director and international festival guest Lee Hirsch joins Ruby Rose, Joel Pellicci (headspace youth ambassador), Rosie Thomas (Project Rockit), Jack Heath (SANE) and Dr Judith Slocombe (The Alannah and Madeline Foundation) to talk about making a film designed to bring about change, and how we can all act to stop the problem of bullying in Victorian high schools.

This exclusive Next Gen event for School Bookings is on Tuesday 14 August, 1.30pm – 3pm at the Festival Lounge, Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders Street, Melbourne. $8 per school student (GST free).

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Cannes Titles Released


The 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will screen its biggest selection of films straight from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

MIFF is one of the first festivals to screen these films after their world premiere at Cannes, meaning Melbourne audiences will be one of the first in the world to watch them after their debut on the French Riviera.

Over 35 films from Cannes are included in this year’s Festival line-up. Along with Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning Amour, Benh Zeitlin’s Camera d'Or winner Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, all announced in MIFF’s First Glance on 5th June, MIFF audiences will be treated to a huge selection of the world’s best filmmakers and films.

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First Glance official preview


MIFF's First Glance of its 2012 program has been revealed! Ahead of the full program announcement, out in The Age on 13 July, First Glance offers a preview of the Festival with highlights drawn from a cross-section of the program.

"We've been keeping mum up until now so it's good to let at least a few little cats out of the bag," said Festival Director Michelle Carey. "We're thrilled to be bringing Michael Haneke's stunning Amour from Cannes to Melbourne as well as the latest work from the always deligthful Wes Anderson and festival favourite Werner Herzog. There are of course many more exciting announcements coming up, with the complete line up of films from Cannes revealed later this month and the full program launch in July. I can’t wait to have these titles out there. I think it’s going to be the best MIFF yet!”

Click here to view the First Glance preview.

Opening Night Announced!



The 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is proud to announce that the 2012 Festival will open with the Australian Premiere of The Sapphires. Australia’s brightest stars and biggest names in film and entertainment will walk the red carpet at one of the most anticipated events on the Australian film calendar.

Festival Director Michelle Carey commented “MIFF is thrilled to be presenting The Sapphires straight from Cannes. Not only is this one of the most anticipated Australian films of the year, a Victorian story and a brilliant filmmaking team, the film will leave audiences on an immense high, ready to kick up their heels at what is sure to be one of the most celebratory parties of the year.”


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Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts



TIckets are on sale NOW for a series of four all-day script seminars from leading Los Angeles-based developer, writer and lecturer Wendall Thomas who has written and developed projects for companies including Disney, Warners, Paramount, Universal and Showtime and teaches at UCLA's Graduate Film School as well as consulting for the ACE Producing Program in Paris and the New Zealand Film Commission’s Rewrite Workshops.

Presented exclusively to Melbourne by the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator, the four stand-alone Wendall Thomas Talks Scripts seminars run 6th to 9th August inclusive.

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Next Gen Announced



The Next Gen program for younger viewers has been announced. Across animation, drama and documentary, these fascinating films sensitively explore issues such as prejudice, war, violence, grief and bullying.

Among the animations are A Letter to Momo, Hiroyuki Okiura’s tale of a young, grieving girl and three michievoud spirits; and ParaNorman, a vividly engaging 3D zombie tale from the makers of Coraline (MIFF 09). The dramas include 11 Flowers, a sensitive portrayal of boyhood set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution; and Kauwboy, a double award winner at the 2012 Berlinale. And in the docoumentary category there's a special coming-of-age double feature; and the controversial must-see Bully, which looks at the issue of schoolyard bullying.

Click here to view the full program.

Adrian Wootton Film Talks 2012


TIckets are on sale NOW for a series of three Adrian Wootton's acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks, this year focusing on Charles Dickens and Film to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the most screen-adapted author in history. Presented exclusively to Melbourne by the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator and The Wheeler Centre, the 90-minute talks by Wootton (a former British Film Institute and London Film Festival Director) run 17, 18 and 19 August.

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Life in Movement



After its sold out sessions at MIFF 2011 the inspiring documentary LIFE IN MOVEMENT went on to win six prizes nationally and internationally.

Embraced by critics and audiences alike this film is a must see on the big screen, if you missed it at MIFF 2011 or just want to see it again, don't let the opportunity pass you by. Screening in Melbourne exclusively at Nova Carlton and cinemas throughout the country, you won't be disappointed. 

Its on now for a limited time. Here is what some audience members thought of the film.

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MIFF Membership Pays


Melbourne International Film Festival is a film lovers’ feast, but for those film fans seeking something extra, MIFF Membership delivers. MIFF Members enjoy red-carpet treatment, with an enhanced range of benefits – from discounted tickets to preview screenings.

During the festival, members receive generous discounts on tickets and priority access to all venues, guaranteeing them the best seats in the house. And only MIFF Members have the opportunity to purchase the Festival Passport.

But why wait until the festival to take out membership? Throughout the year, MIFF Members receive concession prices at MIFF cinema partners (including 20% off entry fees at IMAX) and invitations to exclusive preview screenings of the latest art-house films. Become a MIFF Member today, and start enjoying the benefits right away.

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eMINI Gift Passes On Sale


MIFF 2012 may not be on until August but MIFF eMini gift passes are now on sale, allowing you to treat a film-loving friend (or give a present to yourself).

Recipients of the eMini pass will be able to book 10 sessions online (with a bonus of three sessions before 5pm on weekdays) throughout the 2012 festival.

eMini gift passes are also available with gift voucher artwork, if required.

Click here for full details.



Applications for the 2012 MIFF 37ºSouth Market are now open and close on 20 April 2012. Producers wishing to meet local and international co-financiers during the opening weekend of MIFF can click here to apply!

Australia’s only film co-financing market to occur in the context of a major festival, MIFF 37ºSouth  Market brings the global film financing marketplace to Melbourne in the opening weekend of MIFF – Australia's oldest and largest film festival. 

The exclusive Australian partner of the London Production Finance Market (PFM), MIFF 37ºSouth  Market last year invited a record 44 international and local film co-financiers, including sales agents, distributors and gap funders, to meet with a record 100 selected producers for four days of meetings, screenings, panels and roundtables. 

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ANDY X Screening



This month sees MIFF partnering with the Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide Film Festivals to support the national release of ANDY X. Directed and developed by the iconic Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show), ANDY X is an audacious 40-minute adventure in modern screen culture, combining song, verse and montage in a playful and original exploration of the legendary artist Andy Warhol.

MIFF is offering Widescreen subscribers a special online preview of the film on Saturday 18 February, prior to its official premiere on the anniversary of Warhol’s death on 22 February. The preview will take place from 8.30pm at, followed by an interactive Q&A with Jim Sharman. There is a $6.99 charge for the preview and general public online screenings.

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