Melbourne International Film Festival Sets Big 70th Anniversary Dates

Words by Staff Writer

The Melbourne International Film Festival in 2022 will be the biggest in the festival’s history as MIFF celebrates its 70th anniversary from August 4 – 21.

70 years is a huge achievement for Melbourne International Film Festival, making it one of the world’s oldest film festivals and the oldest and largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

As damn well it should be, Melbourne claims to be making the world’s first feature film (Story of the Kelly Gang1906).

To celebrate this momentous occasion, MIFF announced today that it will return bigger and better than ever this August to theaters in Melbourne’s CBD, suburbs and regional Victoria, with films also shown nationwide through the celebrated MIFF Play- program.

Theatrical performances will take place from August 4-21 in the CBD, in the inner cities and select regional Victorian theaters from August 12-21, while MIFF Play will take place from August 11-28.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne International Film Festival will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2022
  • The extensive festival program runs from August 4-21 in the theater and August 11-28 online
  • The full MIFF program will be announced on Tuesday 12 July

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The full MIFF program will be announced on Tuesday 12th July, so the festival will be kicking in early with today’s announcement of dates, but there’s good reason to be excited nonetheless. MIFF 2022 will be a milestone for the festival as it continues to seek to establish its global reputation, with the announcement of the introduction of a $140,000 grand prize for the winner of MIFF’s Best Film Award, funded by the state government.

Melbourne Film Festival Introduces $140k Top Prize For 70th Anniversary

It also comes after MIFF was forced to completely cancel the IRL component of its 2021 festival, first postponing the first week of screenings due to restriction changes in Victoria, and then being forced to cancel all remaining Melbourne cinema screenings as part of the 2021 -festival.

Melbourne International Film Festival CBD Program

When: August 4-21

What: 18 days of premiere shows, international features, exclusive screenings, commissioned works, panel discussions, industry events, live talks and XR experiences

Where: MIFF’s CBD venues: ACMI, The Capitol, Forum Melbourne, Hoyts Melbourne Central, IMAX, Kino Cinema and Cinema Nova.

MIFF’s Suburban and Regional Program

When: August 12–21

What: While there are no confirmed plans to bring MIFF to suburban cinemas we’ve seen, over two weekends (plus some bonus dates at The Astor), you can watch select MIFF films at some of Melbourne’s best independent theaters in the suburbs, plus a very solid range of theaters in regional Victoria, covering all major regional centers.

Where: MIFF’s suburbs: The Astor (St Kilda), Lido Cinemas (Hawthorn), Pentridge Cinema (Coburg), and Sun Theater (Yarraville). MIFF’s Regional Venues: 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).

Streaming online across Australia

When: August 11-28

What: MIFF Play will screen a wide selection of films from the 2022 program across the country, following the relative success of shooting this model under forced conditions during the pandemic. Delivering cinematic content directly to audiences wherever they are, MIFF Play proved essential in 2020 and 2021, and this online offering will return in 2022.

Where: The official MIFF Play website here.

You can become a MIFF member here to enjoy a range of discounts and presale opportunities here, while checking out the passes and tickets on offer here.

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