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But have you ever thought that it might be worth joining MIFF for other reasons behind the discounted festival tickets and elusive Festival Passports (admission to all screenings at all venues and available only to members).
A membership costs $88 a year and $72 for a concession holder, such as a pensioner or full-time student. (Two people who share the same address can also join up and save a little more - dual membership for two $154, and $119 concession.)
So far this year, if you were a member, you would have been able to have attended special free screenings of great films such as: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Kon-Tiki, Hyde Park on Hudson, North By Northwest (Super High Definition 4K Screening), Compliance and Silver Linings Playbook, amongst a myriad of other great offerings.
MIFF run between 2-3 screenings a month at many popular cinemas such as, Cinema Nova, Palace Cinemas Elsternwick and the Astor Theatre . The only real condition is that you need to book your tickets online.
Three movies a month is pretty much all most film goers get time for in any case. So that even if you didn't get to the Melbourne International Festival, you would still have got your money's worth.
If the movie you want doesn't come up, you can still get concession entry to MIFF's cinema partners using your MIFF membership card including: Cinema Nova, Palace Cinemas, Kino Cinemas, Classic Elsternwick, Astor Theatre, Cameo Belgrave, Greater Union, Imax (20% discount), Mornington Cinema, Sun Theatre, Rivoli Cinemas and Village Cinemas Europa
Then there is the yearly Melbourne International Film Festival and all that membership entails such as priority access, an invite to the Members Festival Launch, the opportunity to buy tickets before the general public and so forth.
Like many people I will probably only get to go along to the Melbourne International Festival perhaps once this year, but I will join up to get $4 off my ticket, plus I am looking forward to all those other preview movies I will get to see before everyone else during the year.
Cost:A membership costs $88 a year and $72 for a concession holder such as a pensioner or full-time student. (Two people who share the same address can also join up and save a little more - dual membership for two $154, and $119 concession.)
Ooh, thanks for this! I'm an unemployed bum at the moment but when funds permit I will definitely consider now I know what the membership benefits are ... and they're partnered with my local in Belgrave. Awesomeness! :)