Film Festival News - Lineups, Announcements

Melbourne 2016: World Premiere THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM To Open MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival is weeks away, but the excitement is already growing for this year's event. Hopefully to set the tone, MIFF have announced key sponsor Grey Goose Vodka as well as some information on the fun genre-blender... More »

Melbourne 2016: WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS And More Next Gen Gems Announced For MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is nearly upon us, no wonder it is starting to feel cold already. The festival takes place in winter and while we are a few weeks away yet, the films for Next Gen's programming... More »

Melbourne 2015: Opening Night Avoids Genre For Intensely Personal Australian Drama

The opening night film for the Melbourne International Film Festival has just been announced, finally eschewing the fun genre trappings of its previous two years to embrace a deeply personal tale of cancer from Melbournian writer/director Paul Cox.The film is... More »

Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; MIFF's Cannes Line-Up

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films MIFF has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we... More »

Melbourne 2015: First Glance Posits New York And The U.S As Central Narratives

First Glace has arrived. Not a program section per-say but a taster of things to come across the broad spectrum of nigh 300 films that comprise MIFF. The spill of new program reveals highlight more information about the Premiere Fund... More »

Melbourne 2015: Next Gen Program Offers Thoughtful, Hopeful And Diverse Learning Experiences

Details have emerged regarding the full slate of films from the Melbourne International Film Festival's progressive Next Gen program. This film selection is aimed at varying youth groups and encourages teacher participation and curriculum. Each film has specific learning objectives about... More »

Melbourne 2015: Premiere Fund Renewed, Plus: World Debut Titles

An exciting development has emerged from this year's upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). In an era of arts funding being cut to ribbons, it is a huge relief that the always excellent Premiere Fund has been renewed! According to an... More »

Melbourne 2014 Giveaway: Win 1 Of 3 Double Passes!

Twitch is excited about all things MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) and we want you to be too!Having perused the program, I can honestly state it is one of the strongest line-ups in years, and certainly something for everyone, no... More »

Melbourne 2014: The Full Program Reveals A Full-Bodied Selection of Cinema

The Melbourne International Film Festival is now in full swing having revealed its program mid-week. Tickets have opened for members and media alike. The program itself is one of the more exciting and well-rounded ones in MIFF history. It consists... More »

Melbourne 2014 Announces The Most Ambitious Screening Yet

I am quite conflicted about this one. The Melbourne International Film Festival has announced it will be screening obscure French production Out 1 Noli Me Tangere in its twelve-and-a-half hour entirety. This dystopic serial directed by Jacques Rivette was commissioned then... More »

Melbourne 2014 Reveals Educational & Enlightening Next Gen Program

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has announced the line-up for their very youth-centric all-ages program dubbed Next-Gen. Running since 2007, this terrific and diverse range of films seek to capture the imagination of young minds and inspire a new... More »

Melbourne 2014 Opens Strong With Aussie Sci-fi Noir PREDESTINATION

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) brings the cinematic delights to the winter-chilled city of Melbourne Australia year after year, and after a fantastic array of festivals across the globe it is refreshing to see that the opening night film... More »

Melbourne 2013 Wrap: Audience Choice Films

The 62nd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) ended on August 11 after 17 days, screening 320 films over 453 sessions from 63 countries in 45 different languages, including 23 world premieres and 52 Australian films."2013 has been a very successful... More »

Melbourne 2013: THE TURNING Gala Showcases Directors to Watch

For the past two weeks the Melbourne International Film Festival has taken over the city and Twitch (both myself and prolific reviewer Kwenton Bellette) have been everywhere, attending as many films and events as our eyes and livers can handle.... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   

Melbourne 2013: I'M SO EXCITED! Proves An Amiable Party Starter

Ah, MIFF, at last you grace Melbourne, Australia with your proliferating presence; more than 300 films in just under two weeks? I will be covering a heck of a lot on Twitch, so let's get started, shall we?Opening night kicked... More »

LYGON STREET: SI PARLA ITALIANO Showcases the Post-World War II Migrant Experience

For a country built so much on recent immigration, there are remarkably few stories of the immigrant experience told in Australia, especially those from those who came here after the Second World War. I know, I've looked. As a second... More »
By Simon de Bruyn   

Melbourne 2013: The Program Guide Reveals Plenty Of Australian Premieres For World Fest Faves

The Melbourne International Film Festival program guide was unveiled yesterday to the media and to lucky MIFF members alike who are booking tickets as you read this (sales open to non-members on Friday).Besides the already exciting First Glance and Cannes... More »

Melbourne 2013: Strong Asian Lineup from Cannes Acquisitions And More!

The timing of the Melbourne International Film Festival is magical. Positioned soon after Cannes, the programmers have done a stellar job of sourcing the best films from the Croisette. This is a relief. After last year's poorer effort at representing New Wave... More »

Melbourne 2013: MIFF Gets SO EXCITED For Opening Night

The opening night Australian premiere has just been revealed for the Melbourne International Film Festival (25th July - 11th August) and rather than an Aussie film we can all get behind (or feel alienated by) it is instead a renowned... More »

Melbourne International Film Festival 2013 Reveals Its First Glance

Melbourne International Film Festival has unveiled its First Glance, a snapshot of the documentary, narrative fiction, shorts and the Next-Gen program that will be playing at the 2013 festival.Of course it's not a full line-up and there are a lot of... More »
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