Melbourne Documentary Film Festival goes online for virtual screenings

John Carpenter narrating for The Rise of the Synths (Directed by Ivan Castell)

This year's Melbourne Documentary Film Festival (MDFF) is Australia's first, virtual documentary festival! This year's selection has more than 50 Australian documentaries, premiering representing 55 percent of the total festival slate. This year's festival features four world premieres, 38 Australian Premieres and 8 Melbourne Premieres.

Held online and nationwide from 30th June to 15th July, this years' festival presents an eclectic mix of documentaries to appeal to everyone's tastes. Featuring world-class documentaries, the festival itself is regarded among the world’s best and has a strong commitment to local, Australian, indie and industry documentaries.

Documentaries on show include those funded by International Documentary Association, Time Magazine, the BBC, SBS, ABC, Film Victoria, Screen Australia, Screen Tasmania and Wide Angle Tasmania. A further 45 documentaries featured are directed by female directors.

This year's selection also has a strong international flavour with documentaries from Brazil, Russia, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, France through to the competition. More than 90 documentaries in competition come in direct from the Camden International Film Festival, Vision Du Reel, Sheffield Doc Festival, DOXA, Slamdance, SXSW, RIDM, Hot Docs, Tribecca, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, FIFO, CPHDOX, Antenna Film Festival IDFA, Jerusalem Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival and many more.

Key events on offer include:

  • Introduction to Virtual Reality with Mike Lyons at 10 am on 4 July

  • 12 Tips for Indie Filmmaker with Melody Gilbert at 10 am on 11 July

  • Being a Documentary Entrepreneur with Chris Parkhurst at 10am on July 18

  • Investigative Journalism with Carmela Baranowska on 10am on 25 July

Check out the full listing of events and documentaries on show at the MDFF or Eventive website.


Dates: 30 June - 15 July 2020 Time: 24 hours a day Cost: Streaming costs apply MDFF Website

Eventive Website