|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|No. of films||300 (approx.)|
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual film festival held over three weeks in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world following the founding of the Venice Film Festival in 1932, Cannes Film Festival in 1939 and Berlin Film Festival in 1951. Originally launched at Olinda outside Melbourne in 1952 as the Olinda Film Festival, in 1953, the event was renamed the Melbourne Film Festival. It held this title over many decades before transforming in the Melbourne International Film Festival.  MIFF is one of Melbourne's four major film festivals, in addition to the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) and Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). Erwin Rado (1914 - 1988) was the Melbourne Film Festival's iconic director appointed in 1956. The Australian Dictionary of Biography notes Mr Rado was the Festival's first paid director and also shaped its character with his 'uncompromising drive for excellence'. He served as MIF Director until 1980, returning to stage the 1983 event. Other notable Directors include Tait Brady, Sandra Sdraulig, James Hewison, Artistic Director Michelle Carey and current AD, Al Cossar appointed 2018.
Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and has become the most notable screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in various theatres in the Melbourne CBD, presenting an acclaimed screening program including films from local and international filmmakers, alongside industry events.
MIFF is the largest film festival in both Australia and the southern hemisphere, and is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema. The 2012 festival generated A$8 million for the Victorian economy.
As of 2013, the festival is accredited by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Australian Film Institute and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
As of 2013, the festival's CEO is Maria Amato, Carey is the Artistic Director and Mark Woods is MIFF's Industry Director/Executive Producer.
In 2013, the festival program consisted of the following categories:
The festival is conducted across various venues located in Melbourne and in 2013 the following venues were used: Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Forum Theatre, Greater Union Cinemas, Mandala Festival Wine Bar, Hoyts Melbourne Central, the Arts Centre Melbourne, Kino Cinemas, Wheeler Centre, Village Roadshow Theatrette, and Speakeasy Cinema.
The 37ºSouth Market is the only international film financing marketplace to take place during a film festival in Australia or New Zealand (NZ). The event occurs during the opening days of the festival and is a forum for around 45 invited sales agents/distributors to meet with up to 100 pre-selected Australian and NZ producers who are seeking co-financing support. As of 2013, the 37ºSouth Market is also the exclusive partner of the London's Production Finance Market (PFM) for Australia and NZ. As of 2013, the 37ºSouth Market has attracted companies such as: Studio Canal, Wild Bunch, Paramount Pictures, BBC Films, HanWay, Independent, Miramax Films, Visit, Bankside, The Works, eOne, Cargo, West End, Aver, Level K.
Since 1962, MIFF has staged a short film competition, as well as numerous feature film award categories. It also presents audience popularity awards for feature film and documentary. The festival's inaugural award was 'Best Short Film', but the title was changed to 'Grand Prix for Best Short Film' in 1965. From 1985 onwards, the Grand Prix has been officially presented by the City of Melbourne.
As of 2013, the MIFF short film awards are accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), and winners in the Best Short, Best Fiction, Best Animation and Best Documentary categories are eligible to submit their films for Academy Award consideration. The judges for the 2013 MIFF short film awards were Lorin Clarke, Michael Matrenza and Ramona Telecican.
|1965||La gazza ladra||Giulio Giannini, Emanuele Luzzati||Italy|
|1966||The Inheritance||Harold Mayer||United States|
|1967||Petrol-Carburant-Kraftstoff||Hugo Niebeling||West Germany|
|1968||You're Human Like the Rest of Them||B. S. Johnson||UK|
|1969||Pas de deux||Norman McLaren||Canada|
|1973||Street Musique||Ryan Larkin||Canada|
|1974||Edward Burra||Peter K. Smith||UK|
|1975||Last Grave at Dimbaza||Nana Mahamo||South Africa|
|1977||Corralejas de Sincelejo||Mario Mitrotti||Colombia|
|1978||Manimals||Robin Lehman||United States|
|1981||New York Story||Jackie Raynal||United States|
|1983||Douglas Mawson: The Survivor||David Parer||Australia|
|1984||Aquí se lo halla||Lee Sokol||United States|
|1985||In Heaven There Is No Beer?||Les Blank||United States|
|1986||My Life Without Steve||Gillian Leahy||Australia|
|1987||Panya shugeki||Naoto Yamakawa||Japan|
|1988||The Critical Years||Gérard L'Ecuyer||Canada/United States|
|1989||Twilight City||Reece Auguiste||UK|
|1991||Sink or Swim||Su Friedrich||United States|
|1992||The Writing in the Sand||Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen||UK|
|1993||Lektionen in Finsternis||Werner Herzog||Germany|
|1994||Only the Brave (film)||Ana Kokkinos||Australia|
|1997||At Sea||Penny Fowler-Smith||Australia|
|1998||The Storekeeper||Gavin Hood||South Africa|
|1999||So-poong||Song Il-gon||South Korea|
|2000||Wildlife||Kate de Pury||UK|
|2002||Palace II||Kátia Lund, Fernando Meirelles||Brazil|
|2004||Talking with Angels||Yousaf Ali Khan||UK|
|2005||Silent Companion||Elham Hosseinzadeh||Iran|
|2007||Blood Sisters||Louise N.D. Friedberg||Denmark|
|2009||Next Floor||Denis Villeneuve, Phoebe Greenberg||Canada|
|2010||The Lost Thing||Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann||Australia|
|2011||A Fine Young Man||Kevan Funk||Canada|
|2012||It’s Not A Cowboy Movie||Benjamin Parent||France|
|2013||Pandas||Matúš Vizár||Czech Republic|
|2014||The Queen||Benjamin Parent||Argentina|
|2015||Everything Will Be OK||Patrick Vollrath||Germany|
|2016||Mrs Metro||Aggelos Papantoniou||Australia|
In 2000, MIFF's rejection of a feature film written and directed by Richard Wolstencroft led him to form the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). In subsequent years, MUFF has attracted controversy by criticising the content of MIFF, as well as its management, specifically the leadership of former directors. MUFF sees itself as a space for exciting and edgy Australian cinema that may not be played at MIFF.
In June 2009, Ken Loach, Paul Laverty (writer) and Rebecca O'Brien (producer) pulled their film Looking for Eric from the festival because the Israeli Embassy was a sponsor and the festival declined to withdraw their sponsorship. Moore compared Loach's tactics to blackmail, stating that "we will not participate in a boycott against the State of Israel, just as we would not contemplate boycotting films from China or other nations involved in difficult long-standing historical disputes".
During the 58th festival in 2009, the film The 10 Conditions of Love (2009), which documents the life of the exiled Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, was screened despite many attempts by the Government of China to have the film withdrawn from the festival. Chinese filmmakers withdrew their films from the festival two days before it opened on 24 July 2009. Former MIFF director Richard Moore refused to remove the film from the festival program, despite the hacking of the festival website and attempts to hack its online ticketing system from IP addresses of Chinese origin. Later, both pro-Chinese and pro-Uyghur activists attempted to disrupt ticketing due to the media coverage. The Chinese Government contacted Robert Doyle, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne asking him to intervene, but he refused. Australia's Ambassador to China Geoff Raby was summoned by China's Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun to express displeasure about Kadeer's attendance at MIFF.
Victoria Police was placed on alert during the screening of the film and Pro-Uighur demonstrators also gathered outside the Melbourne Town Hall, and the Dalai Lama sent a message of support via Michael Danby, the MP for Melbourne Ports: