Sixth Melbourne Documentary Film Festival tells of a changing world

The sixth Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is on this year, online from the 1st - 31st July and in-cinema from the 21st - 31st July 2021, at Cinema Nova as part of Documentary Month!

The festival showcases the very best documentaries from the following film festivals: Venice, SXSW, Slamdance, CPHDOX, Doxa, Hot Docs, VIFF, Shanghai Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Cinema Nova's Documentary Month comprises of more than 140 documentaries, web series, VR and shorts, hosting four world premieres 15 Asia/Pacific premieres, 40 Australian premieres, 10 Victorian premieres, and six digital Australian premieres.

In conjunction with this, the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is proud to showcase an incredible 60 Australian documentaries, web series, VR and shorts. Of the 60 Australian documentaries being showcased, an incredible 19 of these are feature length Australian documentaries!

Also on offer are documentaries from filmmakers Warrick Thornton and Bruce Beresford! The opening night of the festival will be on 21st July 2021 at 6.15pm, at Cinema Nova featuring the world premieres of two local Melbourne, documentaries, Finding Creativity and The Healing.

The closing night will be held on 31st July 2021 at 5.10pm with a live screening of the awards followed by Meeting the Beatles in India.


Masterclasses will be running online this year via Zoom and will be hosted by Chris Pankhurst of Documentary Life. The masterclasses are free to attend by registering at

  • 24th July 2021: Experimental Documentary with Ashleigh McArthur

  • 24th July 2021: Introduction to mobile phone filmmaking for documentary filmmakers from Cinespace

  • 25th July 2021: Mental health and documentary filmmakers with Doug Block, The D Word and Rebecca Day

  • 25th July 2021: Documentary Open Mic - A review of rough cuts, trailers and feedback on short documentary with Helen Gaynor, Andrew Garton, Heather Mcintosh

Selected highlights of the festival include Castro& the 39s Spies, Floating, ClayDream, and Alien on Stage.

Find out about all the films on offer at this festival on their website here and be sure to tune in online!


Dates: 1st - 31st July 2021 online and 21st - 31st July 2021 in-cinema at Cinema Nova

Location: at home (online) or in-cinema

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Website