Melbourne International Film Festival sets dates for huge 70th anniversary
Staff Writer’s Words
The 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival will be the biggest in the festival’s history, with MIFF celebrating its 70th anniversary from August 4-21.
70 years is a huge achievement for the Melbourne International Film Festival, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the oldest and largest film festival in the southern hemisphere.
As it should be considered, Melbourne claims to make the world’s first feature film (History of the Kelly Gang1906).
So, to celebrate this momentous occasion, MIFF today announced that it will be returning bigger and better than ever to cinemas in Melbourne’s CBD, suburbs and Greater Victoria throughout August. , with films also streaming nationwide through its acclaimed MIFF Play program.
Theatrical screenings will run from August 4-21 across the CBD, in inner suburbs and at select regional Victorian theaters from August 12-21, while MIFF Play will run from August 11-28.
What do you want to know
- The Melbourne International Film Festival turns 70 in 2022
- The extended festival program will take place from August 4 to 21 indoors and from August 11 to 28 online
- The full MIFF program will be announced on Tuesday July 12
Keep up to date with the latest film and TV news from Melbourne here.
MIFF’s full schedule will be announced on Tuesday July 12, so the festival comes early in announcing its dates today, but there’s good reason to be excited nonetheless. MIFF 2022 will represent a historic expansion for the festival as it continues to seek to establish its global reputation, recently announcing the introduction of a grand prize of $140,000 for the winner of the MIFF Best Film award, funded by the state government.
Melbourne Film Festival presents $140,000 70th anniversary grand prize
It also comes after MIFF was forced to completely cancel the IRL component of its 2021 festival, first postponing its first week of screenings due to restriction changes in Victoria, then forced to cancel all cinema screenings of Melbourne remaining as part of the 2021 festival.
Melbourne International Film Festival CBD Program
When: August 4-21
What: 18 days of never-before-seen showcases, international feature films, exclusive screenings, commissioned works, panel discussions, industry events, live talks and XR experiences
Where: MIFF CBD venues: ACMI, The Capitol, Forum Melbourne, Hoyts Melbourne Central, IMAX, Kino Cinema and Cinema Nova.
MIFF Peri-Urban and Regional Program
When: August 12-21
What: While there have been no confirmed plans to take MIFF to the suburban cinemas we saw, over two weekends (plus some bonus dates at The Astor) you can catch some MIFF films in some of Melbourne’s best independent cinemas. theaters across the inner suburbs, plus a very strong range of theaters in regional Victoria, covering all major regional centres.
Where: MIFF suburban cinemas: The Astor (St Kilda), Lido Cinemas (Hawthorn), Pentridge Cinema (Coburg) and Sun Theater (Yarraville). Regional MIFF theatres: Capitol Cinema (Warrnambool), Paramount Cinemas (Echuca), Peninsula Cinemas (Sorrento), Star Cinema (Bendigo), Sun Cinema (Bairnsdale), Sun Cinema (Bright), The Pivotonian Cinema (Geelong), Theater Royal (Castlemaine) and Wallis Cinemas (Mildura).
Online streaming across Australia
When: August 11-28
What: MIFF Play will screen a wide selection of films from the 2022 schedule across the country, following the relative success of pivoting to this model under forced conditions during the pandemic. By delivering cinematic content directly to audiences, wherever they are, MIFF Play has proven essential in 2020 and 2021, and this online offering will return in 2022.
Where: The official MIFF Play website here.
You can join MIFF here to take advantage of a range of discounts and pre-sale opportunities here, while you can start browsing the passes and tickets on offer here.