MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. Established in 1952, MIFF showcases the best in current cinema and provides other related entertaining events. Local and international films together account for the 370 films at this festival, making it our largest right here in Melbourne.
The main screening venues this year are The Forum, Kino Cinemas, Hoyts Melbourne Central, the newly restored Treasure Theatre and the new kid on the block, The Comedy Theatre on Exhibition street and numerous other venues holding other speical events. Aside from the best in current cinema from around the world, there'll be retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs.
The opening night gala has completely sold out and those lucky ones with tickets in their hands will experience the red carpet moment when the stars of film walk right past them, sometimes stopping to say hello. After the screening of the opening night film Force of Destiny, the festivities will continue with ticket holders moving on to Hamer Hall, where they'll rub shoulders with the stars as they enjoy drinks, canapés and music.
Force of Destiny filmed in Melbourne and India is a 109 minutes long highly autobiographical Australian film starring David Wenham. It's about Robert (David Wenham) a renowned sculptor who has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. While comprehending his reality he meets Maya, an Indian marine biologist. As his passion for her grows stronger, he must face the pain and the euphoria of finding a love that has eluded him all his life just as his body is about to fall apart.
The Closing Night film Mistress America is an 84 minute long American comedy and the price of the ticket includes the after party. If you're hanging out for tickets, get in quick as they're selling fast. Please note that the session in Cinema 3 will have open captions on the screen throughout the film.
Tracy (Lola Kirke) a college freshman embarking on her career path is having a hard time fitting in. However, feeling uncool and unpopular starts fading into the background when she meets her future stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig). Looked upon as mentor and muse by Tracy, Brooke gets her involved in some crazy schemes that spins between an idosyncratic female buddy film to all-out screwball farce.
Running between 30 July and 16 August 2015, check out the website for all other details so you can plan your 18 days of viewing pleasure. The 2015 eMini Passes are on sale and a must for the movie buffs to save some dollars for the multiple films they're about to watch. There's also a MIFF App you can download for IPhone, IPad and Android. Get your general public tickets online, call the MIFF Box Office on (03) 8660 4898, or get it in person at the The Forum Theatre (154 Flinders Street, Melbourne).
Enjoy the largest festival yet, filled with international festival award winners, local down under world premieres, new and old favourites of all genres that can run from 3 minute shorts to 5 hour epics. Keep abreast of updates via MIFF's Facebook page.