Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed its first lineup
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06.06.2024

Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed its first lineup

Melbourne International Film Festival
Words by Staff Writer

Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed its first lineup of films, gala events, international highlights and off-screen experiences.

Proudly screening in Naarm and surrounds from 8-25 August, Melbourne International Film Festival brings together some of the most talked about films of the year, hotly anticipated hits from the worldwide festival circuit and future award contenders – many of which will be shown for the first time in Australia – for 18 days of sheer cinematic revelry.

For a thorough look at opening night film, Memoir of a Snail, head here. For our list of the best international films to watch at Melbourne International Film Festival’s 2024 program, head here.

Sharing an early First Glance look at some of this year’s program, the festival has revealed details of its Gala events, the 2024 Premiere Fund Film slate, a suite of international highlights and a bevy of unmissable big screen and off screen experiences.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2024

  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2024 runs 8-25 August
  • Adam Elliot’s Memoir of a Snail will make its Australian Premiere premiere at the 2024 Melbourne International Film Festival Opening Night Gala on Thursday 8 August
  • The Music on Film Gala screening of Ellis Park, presented by Triple R, will take place on Saturday 10 August
  • The Family Gala screening of Magic Beach will take place on Sunday 18 August

Find Melbourne’s latest film, TV, literature and gaming news here.

First Glance Titles: Melbourne International Film Festival 2024

  • A Different Man
  • Blue Sun Palace
  • Cuckoo
  • Didi
  • Flathead
  • Fungi: Web of Life
  • Future Council
  • Grand Theft Hamlet
  • I Saw the TV Glow
  • La Cocina
  • Look Into My Eyes
  • Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros
  • My Favourite Cake
  • Occupied City
  • She Loved Blossoms More
  • Teaches of Peaches
  • We Were Dangerous
  • Welcome Space Brothers

Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund Films

  • Audrey (Premiere Film Fund)
  • Ellis Park (Premiere Film Fund)
  • Left Write Hook (Premiere Film Fund)
  • Magic Beach (Premiere Film Fund)
  • Memoir of a Snail (Premiere Film Fund)
  • Queens of Concrete (Premiere Film Fund)

Explore Melbourne’s latest arts and stage news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Melbourne’s wintry streets will be set abuzz with the energy of Melbourne International Film Festival with round-the-clock screenings held across seven CBD and inner city theatres and plus talks, exhibitions and events taking place in the city’s restaurants, performance halls, museums, bars and special festival pop-ups.

Outside of metro Melbourne, the Melbourne International Film Festival Regional showcase expands its far-reaching tour with venues in Bendigo, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Echuca, Geelong, Rosebud and Shepparton set to screen some of the festival’s biggest titles. And MIFF’s digital offering will be back from 9-25 August, with a limited selection of festival highlights, including new films, retrospectives, and free short films available on demand with MIFF Online – streaming via ACMI.

The annual MIFF Awards will return to once again share in one of the richest filmmaking prize pools in the world, including the landmark $140,000 Bright Horizons Award supported by the Victorian Government through VicScreen, in a celebration of cinematic excellence, technical innovation and filmmakers on the rise.

The full MIFF 2024 program, including the Bright Horizons competition line-up, will be unveiled Thursday 11 July. Nominees for the various MIFF Awards categories will be announced in late July.

MIFF Premiere Fund

Memoir of a Snail

Led by the highly anticipated Opening Night feature, Memoir of a Snail, the 2024 MIFF Premiere Fund line-up is again brimming with top-tier creatives, fresh local ideas and remarkable Australian storytelling.

Melbourne International Film Festival’s film commissioning fund provides co-financing to assist the production of new Australian feature films which then go on to premiere at MIFF. The Premiere Fund deepens the festival’s relationship with homegrown filmmaking talent and helps to realise a diverse array of incredible new filmmaking to discover each year at MIFF. Now in its second decade, the Premiere Fund continues to proudly support a diverse crop of local talent and voices in telling their stories.

Magic Beach

Screening as the 2024 MIFF Family Gala feature, Magic Beach brings to life the much loved Aussie children’s book classic by Alison Lester as reimagined by ten Australian animators each with their own unique style.

Music on Film Gala

And for this year’s Music on Film Gala, rock ‘n’ roll legend Warren Ellis of The Bad Seeds and Dirty Three shares his personal passion project to establish an animal sanctuary in Sumatra in Ellis Park, directed by Justin Kurzel (Nitram).

Audrey

Natalie Bailey’s Audrey follows soap opera hasbeen and self-proclaimed Mother of the Year, Ronnie Lipsick (Jackie van Beek, The Breaker Upperers) as she tries to take another stab at stardom by stealing the identity of her comatose teenage daughter. Also starring Hannah Diviney (Latecomers), Josephine Blazier (The Gloaming) and Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (The Dry), this nutty black comedy takes a mother’s love to the extreme.

Left Write Hook

Presented by DECJUBA, Left Write Hook will screen as MIFF’s inaugural Premiere with Purpose feature, a world premiere black-carpet event at ACMI. This powerful local documentary takes audience the inside a transformative recovery program attended by seven female survivors of childhood sexual assault.

Under the guidance of boxing instructor and trauma survivor Donna Lyons – who also serves as producer on the film – the women band together as they break their silence for the very first time. Directed by Shannon Owen, the documentary explores how the physicality of boxing combined with the emotional power of creative writing gives space to survivors to release their memories, reclaim their bodies, and imagine new lives for themselves.

Queens of Concrete

Directed by Eliza Cox, Queens of Concrete is a coming-of-age documentary that follows three young skateboarders – Hayley, Ava, and Charlotte – as they strive to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics, all the while juggling the familiar obstacles of teenage girlhood. Competing for a few select spots on the Australian team and against the expectations of a male-dominated sport, the trio are on a mission to make their Olympic dreams come true.

Exhibitions, XR, MIFF Schools and Talks

MIFF’s special events and expanded programming offering is an opportunity for audiences to connect, debate and engage beyond the dark of the cinema.

To coincide with the Australian premiere of Adam Elliot’s Memoir of a Snail at MIFF 2024, ACMI’s centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, will play host to some of the custom sets and characters from the film, as well as designs and development materials to give insight into the incredible creative and technical skill witnessed in every single shot.

Visitors will be able to explore the film’s reimagining of iconic Melbourne locations, such as Brunswick Street and Luna Park, and get to know its claymation stars through a selection of puppets. The display will also feature Adam’s hand-drawn storyboards and behind the scenes footage of the animators at work.

MIFF XR

Also at ACMI, MIFF XR is back with cutting-edge extended reality (XR) experiences set to blur, bend and redefine storytelling boundaries. And for younger viewers, MIFF Schools offers a carefully curated program of global cinema aimed at enriching classroom learning and curriculum and the development of storytelling, language, media analysis skills and broader intercultural understanding.

Further details of attending special guests, restoration and retrospective screenings, MIFF Talks, MIFF Shorts and MIFF XR programming will be announced at Program Launch on Thursday 11 July.

The full program will launch on Thursday 11 July. Audiences are encouraged to plan ahead, with MIFF Mulitpasses and MIFF Memberships – which offer exclusive pre-sale access – available for purchase now via miff.com.au/tickets