Not only is the Melbourne International Film Festival Australia’s largest film festival but it has gained a reputation on the circuit as one of the best. From the 24th July to 9th August, moviegoers will be spoilt for choice with almost 300 films and shorts screening from around the globe. Now in its 58th year the Melbourne Film Festival has become a cultural event not to be missed.
While the program can be overwhelming, the full list of films can be seen online (including celebrity picks if you want to watch what they’re watching). The Forum Theatre, Kino Cinemas, Greater Union and ACMI will be the film venues, all of which are located in the city and can be easily reached by public transport and tram.
Single tickets ($17 adults and $14 for concession) can be purchased online or at the main box office inside the Forum Theatre. If you plan on spending some time staring at the big screen then a mini pass is also available and allows you access to 13 different sessions.
Special events include 3D IMAX screenings of Coraline and Van Gogh, a conversation with score composer Michael Nyman and the closing night gala which includes a screening of the Australian film Bran Nue Dae. This year’s special guest is French New Wave icon Anna Karina who has an entire program dedicated to her films, including two which she directed.
All films are strictly 18 , apart from those showing in the Next Gen program which have been approved for those 15 and over. The Festival Lounge will also be open until late with performances and music. For drinks and food, a great list of nearby venues is available online. Whatever your genre, there’s something for everyone at MIFF.