Melbourne International Film Festival sets dates for huge 70th anniversary

Melbourne International Film Festival sets dates for huge 70th anniversary

Melbourne International Film Festival
Photo by Tony Zara
Words by Staff Writer

The 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival will be the biggest in the festival's history as MIFF celebrates 70 years from August 4 - 21.

70 years is an enormous accomplishment for Melbourne International Film Festival, rendering it one of the world’s oldest film festivals and the southern hemisphere’s oldest and largest film fest.

As it damn-well should be considering Melbourne lays claim to making the world’s first feature film (Story Of The Kelly Gang, 1906).

So in celebration of this momentous occasion, MIFF has today announced it will return bigger and better than ever in theatres across Melbourne’s CBD, its suburbs, and regional Victoria throughout August, with films also showing nationwide through its celebrated MIFF Play program.

In-theatre showings will run from August 4-21 throughout the CBD, in the inner-suburbs and in select regional Victorian theatres from August 12-21, while MIFF Play will run from August 11-28.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne International Film Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022
  • The expanded festival program will run from August 4-21 in-theatre, and August 11-28 online
  • The full MIFF program will be announced on Tuesday 12 July

Keep up with the latest Melbourne film and television news here.

The full MIFF program will be announced on Tuesday 12 July, so the festival is getting in nice and early by announcing their dates today, but nevertheless there’s good reason to be excited. MIFF 2022 will represent a landmark expansion for the festival as it continues to seek to establish its global reputation, recently announcing 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 grand prize for 70th anniversary

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 remaining Melbourne cinema screenings as part of the 2021 festival.

Melbourne International Film Festival’s CBD program

When: 4–21 August

What: 18 days of premiere showcases, 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: 12–21 August

What: While there haven’t been any confirmed plans to take MIFF to outer-suburban cinemas that we’ve seen, for two weekends (plus some bonus dates at The Astor), you can watch select MIFF films in some of Melbourne’s best independent theatres across the inner-suburbs, plus a very solid range of theatres in regional Victoria, covering all the major regional centres.

Where: MIFF’s suburban venues: The Astor (St Kilda), Lido Cinemas (Hawthorn), Pentridge Cinema (Coburg) and Sun Theatre (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), Theatre Royal (Castlemaine) and Wallis Cinemas (Mildura).

Online streaming across Australia

When: 11-28 August

What: MIFF Play will screen a wide selection of films from the 2022 program across the nation, after the relative success of pivoting to this model under forced conditions during the pandemic. Delivering cinematic content directly to audiences, wherever they may be located, 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 pre-sale opportunities here, while you can start perusing the passes and tickets on offer here.