It's an understatement to say that life has changed for all of us in pandemic times. Still, there is plenty out there that sparks joy and urges us to stay positive and connected, including this year's MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival). Stay home and see the world from 6-23 August 2020, with a digital showcase of over 60 features, 4 shorts packages, talks, events, activations and more. It's all available to stream across Australia, and THE PROGRAM is now LIVE, with TICKETS going on sale Friday 17 July 2020. MIFF MEMBERS get first dibs with the pre-sale NOW OPEN. Why not become a member.
If you share a passion for film and for our great country, think about making a donation. The Arts are crying out for help and any amount, great or small will help contribute to MIFF's endurance and future. HIT IT HERE to give to MIFF, become a Partner, a Patron or a Member. MIFF has definitely worked hard at bringing this event to us in the face of dramatic disruptions in the global film industry.
Aside from the great films, new releases, premieres and more, Chin Chin X Chandon are offering Opening and Closing Night Banquets available from 6 August 2020 for Melbourne and Sydney. Choose the link related to your state on the website and enjoy a banquet for two or four people.
Recreate Opening and Closing Night at home with a specially curated dinner from Chin Chin Melbourne and Sydney and Chandon. What's a MIFF special event without luxury and glamour? Treat yourself to a scrumptious dinner and make your at-home gala a night to remember. You'll find the full list of mouth-watering deliciousness including chilli salt chicken wings, Vietnamese slaw with chopped prawns, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and more listed via the links.
Get yourself a BUNDLE of films and save. Chose from a pack of 10 World Cinema presented by SBS World Movies for $115. Once rented, the items in your bundle will be available in your account for 2 days. Once you press play on a specific film, the watch window begins and you have 30 hours to watch that film as many times as you like. However, you do need an account so be sure to enter your email address. The following are also available as bundles along with a full list of films you'll see.
Documentary Features 10 pack; Cinephile 10 pack; 3 pack bundles for Social Justice, LGBTQIA, Music, Hand Picked, Dark Thriller, Coming of Age; 2 pack bundles for Post-Apocalypse and Comedy; and a host of Feature Films with Pre-Feature Shorts in 2 pack bundles. In honour of National Reconciliation Week this year, there's a compiled list of MIFF-featured titles made by, or in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation cinema: First Nations filmmaking at MIFF includes iconic films like Bran Nue Dae with Ernie Dingo; Bastardy with Uncle Jack Charles; Rabbit-Proof Fence with Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan and Everlyn Sampi; Emu Runner with Rhae-Kye Waites, and more, including The Turning by the great Tim Winton.
From First Cow - the Opening Night Film about an itinerant Jewish chef and a Chinese immigrant concocting schemes to collaboratively earn a living to Closing Night Film Ema, a delirious, intoxicating dance-drama about a couple falling apart after a failed adoption, there's a lot to enjoy at MIFF. Seek out films in the spotlight, world premieres, Australian premieres, drama, docos and more. Start compiling a list of all you want to see so you can nab the tickets as soon as the tickets go on sale. As aforementioned, become a member and grab them now.
Aside from films, check out MIFF Talks and enjoy in-depth conversations, panel of filmmakers and more. At the conclusion of the festival, the craft of short-form cinema across several categories will be celebrated and you can view these shorts for FREE on the MIFF PLATFORM. Browse films by genre or from A-Z, check out Films for Thought or get the FAQs, just get in there and stay in touch for updates via Facebook.
I was looking forward to a more accessible film festival but it's not. I'm very disappointed that it's so expensive and there are limited tickets just to watch on a tv screen! It was an opportunity to be more inclusive and increase the audience . Possibly more income too: price drop=bigger audience!