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Despairing of his second feature, British filmmaker Benjamin (Merlin’s Colin Morgan) quickly falls for singer ...


Alice, abruptly discovering that her life savings were depleted by her husband’s use of escort ...
Greener Grass

Greener Grass

An appropriately bizarre addition to this year’s Sydney Underground Film Festival, Greener Grass wants you ...
The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

They’re men! Men in belts, tight belts! They roam around the dojo looking for fights! ...
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Share the gift of film at MIFF 2020. Our new Share Pass can be split with up to four people for any individual film session or selected talks. That means you can book 2 people into 6 sessions, 3 people into 4 sessions, 4 people into 3 sessions or any combination that suits you and yours. Get passes now → Image: Benjamin (MIFF 2019)
Along with our screening of the NFSA - National Film and Sound Archive of Australia digital restoration of Bruce Beresford's 1991 Australian/Canadian co-production Black Robe at MIFF 2019, Bruce joined us for a one-hour conversation about his extraordinary career. Watch the full conversation, moderated by Philippa Hawker, now on the MIFF Blog → Photo by Zan Wimberley
The January submissions period is open now! If you've made a feature length narrative or documentary film, short film or VR work, we want to see it. Submit your project during the January submissions window to access a discounted rate. Find out more → Image: Lucretia Martel directing Zama (MIFF 2018)
"Nothing compares to really being part of something bigger than your film itself in a curated atmosphere" FilmInk chats to Executive Producer of the MIFF Premiere Fund Mark Woods about its record seven film slate for 2019, the current landscape for Australian film distribution, and what's in store for the MIFF Premiere Fund in 2020! Find out more → Image: Measure for Measure (MIFF 2019)
Congratulations to MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director John Sheedy whose MIFF 2019 Premiere Fund-supported H IS FOR HAPPINESS has been selected to have its international premiere in the Generation K-plus section of February's Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival! Image: H is for Happiness (MIFF 2019)
WIN a double pass to the documentary film MACHINE, in cinemas now 🤖 Infiltrating everything from transport to military to healthcare – among an ever-growing list of fields – artificial intelligence is no longer merely the realm of science fiction. In a world where machines are fast becoming smarter than people, what makes humanity special? And what does our increasing reliance upon and subservience to technology mean for our future? Tag a friend you think is most excited about AI for your chance to win!
Is this you, lost in reverie, wondering what to gift your loved ones this holiday season? Look no further than a MIFF Gift Vouchers, which can be redeemed for ticket, passes and membership at our 2020 festival. Available now → Image: Call Me by Your Name (MIFF 2017)
Share the joys of MIFF with our new Share Pass! Book 12 standard festival sessions that can be shared with up to 4 friends per session. That means you can book 2 people into 6 sessions, 3 people into 4 sessions, 4 people into 3 sessions or any combination that suits yourself and yours... Get passes now → Image: Yourself and Yours (MIFF 2017)
"With short films you can be poetic and you don't have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom.” Take a note from MIFF Accelerator Alumnus Taika Waititi and submit your film for consideration at our festival! Waititi's short film TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT screened in MIFF 2004, later followed by three feature films. Discounted rates apply all through the month of December. For full submission regulations, FAQs and to submit your film visit → Image: Taika Waititi in What We Do in the Shadows (MIFF 2014)
Yet to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member this holiday season? Gift Vouchers and passes are on sale now → Image: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (MIFF 2018)
Congratulations to MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Maziar Lahooti whose MIFF Premiere Fund-supported BELOW has been named one of 2019's best Australian films by Screenhub, which hails the film's "blackest satire" of Australia’s controversial asylum-seeker detention system. Check out the full list → Image: Below (MIFF 2019)
🏆 Congratulations to MIFF Accelerator Lab alumnus director Rodd Rathjen whose MIFF Premiere Fund-supported modern slavery thriller BUOYANCY has won the Audience Choice Award at the 4th International Film Festival & Awards • Macao 澳門國際影展暨頒奬典禮, where star Sarm Heng (pictured) also took out a Best Actor prize for his "raw, bold and honest performance." At Macao, Variety described BUOYANCY as "a powerful dramatization of human trafficking" and "a role model for cultural sensitivity and activism.”
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