I tend to catch up on my movies when the semester is over and summer is around! And there is a good choice of film festivals happening in the spirit of summer and celebration of warmer days!
01) Black Nite Cinema
The first movie event is free. This is happening at ACMI at Federation Square with several movie, short film and documentary screenings throughout the day from Friday 8th February to Sunday 10th February! Talk about a weekend movie marathon. The special thing about this event is that these films feature artists from aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origins. There are many movies to choose from; The Sapphires, Wadumbah, Buried country, etc. If you can't choose, why not head over in the morning and get comfortable and enjoy a marathon of free entertainment. A full list of show times can be found here.
This event is not free, but it does make you think about sustainability and solutions for a world with ever increasing problems. You can't put a price on that! This event will be happening from 17th of February to 24th of February at Cinema Nova on Lygon Street. You can book your tickets online for shows such as Promised Land starring Mat Damon, Arise, Planeat, Who Cares, Connected, etc. The ticket Prices range from $25 (Concession $18) on the opening night to $17 (Concession $12) on the other days. If you still want to watch some ground shaking sustainable films for free, you can at the public screen at Federation Square from the 15th and 16th of February as part of the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend.
Want to snuggle up on a picnic rug on the grass, enjoy good food and wine and relax at the Royal Botanic Gardens while watching a movie? Well, now you can. This event is on till the 31st of March with movie classics like Top Gun (with a very handsome Tom Cruise), Zoolander (if you want to see how male models clad in skin tight bright colours set fire to themselves), Disney classic Aladdin, for fairy tale enthusiasts and even Rocky Horror Picture Show. The chances are you'll find something that fits in with your favourite genre of movies. Prices begin at $18 for adults ($16 for concession), $14 for child/senior and $32 for gold grass (not sure how that works!).
If you want some family fun for nothing at all, there will be films shown Argyle Square, better known as Piazza Italia in Carlton. This event takes place every Saturday night at 7pm from 26th January to 16th February, unless of course the rain gods are angry and decides to wash away the fun. The line-up of movies includes The Cup, Footrot Flats, Strictly Ballroom and Sundowners. There are seats provided but you can always bring your personal supply of blankets and luxuries. And located along Lygon Street, Gelato and Pizza is just a hop and a skip.
Rooftop Cinema is for those who have been around for more than 18 years. Located in the heart of Melbourne, the tickets can either be purchased online or from authorised stores. Prices are $20 for adults and $16 for concession. There are upcoming movies from 21 Jump Street, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Looper, The Dark Knight Rises and even The Matrix. It's on till 30th of March and is located in Curtin House; don't forget there is a rooftop bar as well, so you can always enjoy a drink after the movie and a burger and fries before the movie.