Melbourne's iconic annual film festival - the Melbourne International Film Festival opens this Thursday presenting more than 200 films over 18 days. Offering a festival that is today run completely by a non-for-profit organisation, this is one of the oldest film festivals in the world.
Continuously running since 1952, MIFF is today one of the leading film festivals in Australia and with a mission to 'bring to you the story of the world through curated and unforgettable screen experiences' this year's event remains committed to delivering unforgettable cinema, delivering films that give a unique experience.
MIFF this year will feature a range of key events, including a glamorous a Opening Night Gala, Centrepiece Gala, which showcases local Australian film The Merger, the Kids Gala, MIFF at the Regent and Astor theatres, and also takes itself seriously as a film festival - hosting a range of film industry events.
In addition to the comprehensive MIFF program, launched the 10 July, the festival also has an investment fund (the Premiere Fund) and the director's development program, Accelerator, which provides four days of workshops, screenings, seminars and networking events on the business and creative aspects of the film industry.
This year's selection of films hosts a kaleidoscope of international offerings, and with genres like experimental, documentaries, short films, headliners, Australian, African film rediscovered, animation, virtual reality and many more, this is arguably one of Australia's most varied and dynamic selection of films from around the world. MIFF also offers a range of talks, offering direct access to directors, film-makers and actors.
Check out the full selection of films on offer for MIFF this August and their website here.
Dates: 2-19 August 2018
Location: multiple venues - see the website for full details
Times: vary - see website for full details