A massive collection of graduate films will be free to watch for two weeks only

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A massive collection of graduate films will be free to watch for two weeks only

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Photo by Zan Wimberley
words by Kaya Martin

Viewers can enjoy the works of up-and-coming filmmakers from home this December 5 to 18 via MIFF Play.

Step aside Netflix (and Binge, Prime Video, and even good old fashioned cable) because the works of some of Melbourne’s most exciting emerging filmmakers will be available to stream for free from December 5 and 18. On the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF Play app, fans will be able to watch 60 short films made by Victorian College of the Arts graduates.

This year’s selection will be the biggest yet, spanning a wide variety of genres including comedy, drama, thriller, arthouse horror, animation and documentary. Graduates from the school’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Film and TV are set to showcase their work.

Victorian College of the Arts graduate films

  • From December 5 to 18, fans can stream 60 short films for free on MIFF Play
  • The films are the works of the VCA’s top film and TV students
  • Graduates from the program have gone on to win coveted international awards

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MIFF artistic director Al Cossar says the collection is “unmissable” viewing for those looking for who’s up next in the local film scene. 

“The VCA continues to usher in some of the most fascinating and singular voices in Australian cinema – it’s a setting from which we are always excited to see the emergence of new talent, those who newly compel us as viewers every year,” he says. 

Check out a teaser from last year’s lineup.

Considered one of the most prestigious Australian film schools, the University of Melbourne’s VCA has seen graduates go on to win awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, and even the Oscars. This year’s collection will tell stories of love and infidelity, transition, share-housing, missing persons, immigration detention, bad haircuts and a kleptomaniac photographer.

The class of 2022 graduate films will be up for two weeks only. Grab your popcorn and overpriced soda, get comfortable on the couch, and don’t miss your chance to get in early on some of the city’s hottest new filmmakers.

To take a look at the full program of VCA graduate films screening from December 5 to 18, head here