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Film Archive


Focus Seasons

focus on spike lee

A career survey of the provocative, powerhouse filmmaker who revolutionised the role of African American talent in the contemporary cinema.

focus on johnnie to

Take an idiosyncratic ride through the always unpredictable streets of Hong Kong cinema with one of its greatest and most prolific filmmakers.

focus on víctor erice and abbas kiarostami

A survey of rare early works and classics by the directors featured in Correspondences, plus key works from their respective film traditions.

focus on jim henson

Jim Henson's legacy is celebrated in a special season ranging from rarely screened experimental works to the pioneering puppetry of Sesame Street.

Focus on Ozploitation

Lashings of gratuitous sex, violence and fuel-injected muscle car mayhem - the 70s and 80s Aussie exploitation films that broke all the taboos.

focus on john cassavetes

Rediscover the daring and emotionally raw films of the quintessential actor's director and defining figure of American independent cinema.

focus on a century of russian cinema

Featuring monumental films from Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, don't miss this celebration of newly restored and rarely seen Soviet-era cinema classics.

focus on gus van sant

Lyrical, wry and formally elegant, the hypnotic films of Gus Van Sant explore the search for love, connection and a place to call home.

focus on the greek diaspora

Immigration in Greek Cinema (1956-2006) arrives from Melbourne's sister city, Thessaloniki.

Weekly & Monthly Programs

long play archive 2008

Selections of the finest offerings of new and newly-restored international cinema for extended run seasons.

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australian perspectives archive 2008

What makes Australia's filmmakers tick?

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first look archive 2008

ACMI presents exclusive monthly screenings of superb new films and restored classics that you won't see anywhere else.

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freaky fridays archive 2008

Worship at the temple of cult cinema every Friday - featuring the enigmatic, the anti-establishment, the quirky and movies so wrong they're right!

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seniors' cinema archive 2008

An ongoing program of quality films for discerning audiences that draws on the best of Australian and international cinema.

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kids' flicks archive 2008

From Tigger to Tin Man, our new expanded kids program is the place for movie magic on a budget.

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cinémathèque archive 2008

From cinema classics to experimental and underground achievements, Cinémathèque is Australia's only weekly forum for serious engagement with film.

melbourne filmoteca archive 2008

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American film. Monthly screenings celebrate the richness of latin filmmaking, from classics to experimental new work.

Special Programs

rmit baaim / bam 2008

A selection of animation, video and motion graphic shorts from RMIT's Animation, Interactive Media and Multimedia graduates.

homeless world cup

Celebrate the round ball game with these free screenings, and get seriously inspired by a special Big Issue showcase performance.

another gay sequel: gays gone wild!

Raise much-needed funds for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and at the same time raise the roof with laughter as we bring you Another Gay Sequel!

12th japanese film festival

Discover the best of Japanese cinema with this annual showcase celebrating its twelfth year at ACMI!

deakin film and video showcase 2008

A program of the best student work of 2008 from the Film and Video major and the Masters of Film and Video of the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University.

drifters, dreamers and cowboys

Experience the guitar-strumming tobacco-chewing penitentiary-living whisky-drinking highway-driving and hell-raising at the heart of country music.

hola mexico film festival

Now in its third year, the Hola Mexico Film Festival returns to ACMI with its biggest program yet.

vca film & tv grad show 2008

The annual showcase from graduating students of the VCA Film and Television School.

holmesglen annual student screenings

Celebrating the accomplishments of students from the Advanced Diplomas of Animation and Screen at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in 2008.

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The latest graduate work from Swinburne's Advanced Diploma of Screen.

the 2008 festival of jewish cinema

Premiering the best in Jewish cinema from around the world.

serce na dloni (a warm heart)

Puma Media presents the latest film by acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi, screening as part of the 2008 Polish Festival.

the 48 hour film project 2008

In a wild, sleepless weekend, you and a team will make a movie - write, shoot, edit and score it in 48 hours.

tao of the traveller

A film celebrating the great spiritual traditions of the mystical poets of East and West: Rumi and Tagore, Emily Dickenson and Saint Theresa.

Buddhist Film Festival 2008

The rich tapestry of films featured in this festival highlight Buddhist values and the cultural aspects of various traditions of Buddhism.


Presented by Arts Project Australia, a selection of short animated films produced by artists with intellectual disabilities.

wesley on screen

A showcase of works produced by Wesley College students.

short flicks 2008

Innovative new works from La Trobe University's best and brightest.

melbourne international arts festival

Don't miss these special films screening as part of Australia's premier celebration of international performing and visual arts.

seniors' film festival 2008

A festival of fine films for discerning seniors.

an evening with crispin glover

Two nights with the irrepressible Crispin Glover, presenting his travelling Big Slide Show and two recent films, plus a Q&A and book signings.

l'oréal paris 2008 afi awards screenings

Join the judges for the screenings of all feature films, short films, animation and documentaries in competition for the AFI Awards in 2008.

yves saint laurent on film

Celebrate the life and brilliant career of a fashion icon with this selection of documentaries and feature films starring his muse Catherine Deneuve.


Encore! The funky, revolutionary, and fist-shakingly brilliant 1972 concert film returns.

australian malaysian film festival

This outstanding program features some of Malaysia's newest and best films - a must for culture lovers and film lovers alike.

melbourne international film festival

This year's Melbourne International Film Festival will screen films from world-renowned filmmakers, as well as some unknown, hidden gems.

mera pati ho to aisa (love him or hate him)

The first film to be made in Hindi in this country, this is a drama about four Indian families living in Australia, and the conflicts between them.

the beautiful game

A collection of films from all corners of the globe showcasing the round ball and those who love it.

feast of fury marathon

Welcome to a world of pain at the first ever extreme movie marathon for gamers!

stories of an african australia

Five short films made by young local film makers celebrate the diversity and dynamism of new African Australian cultures emerging in Melbourne.


The debut screening of an ambitious new independent horror short, presented by the filmmakers.

meet the croc doc

Never smile at a crocodile? Meet the man who does, and who lives to tell the tale!

aphids reel music festival

A dynamic new series of screenings that combine live music performances with the moving image.

videobrasil 2007 jury awards selection

Videobrasil Director Solange Farkas presents the Jury selection from the 2007 Festival.

melbourne international animation festival 2008

Featuring over 300 films from all around the world, MIAF combines the best new animation with retrospective programs and historical films.

machinima film festival 2008

Here's your chance to see the latest and coolest machinima films from around the world.


East and West collide in a heady mix of biting realism and Bollywood escapism.

little big shots 2008

An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled festival highlighting the best in local and international children's shorts, animations and documentaries.

open channel's 2008 short & sharp pitching competition

Eight filmmakers pitch an original human rights short film idea for the chance to get their film made.

siggraph asia 2008 presentation

Computers can create image representations that are more optically 'perfect' than ever before. But what makes a character 'realistic'?

john foxx's tiny colour movies

Founding member of Ultravox! - John Foxx - presents an explosion of film fragments.

reeldance festival 2008

The 5th biennial ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival.

top screen

Each year, Top Screen profiles the state's best screen based art and moving image works created by year 12 VCE students from around Victoria.

karasevdah: srebrenica blues

A deep, poetic meditation on the nature of suffering and the possibilities for reconciliation.

la mirada

Jewels of Spanish Cinema.

british council screenings

See the latest in new media and moving image practice being produced in Britain today.

citizen juling

A long strange trip through Thailand's soul in a time of crisis.


A poetic and powerful story of a father forced to choose between love and duty.

chapel of chic

A stunning documentary delving into the worlds of fashion, style and multiculturalism.

melbourne queer film festival

The 18th Melbourne Queer Film Festival brings to ACMI the best in queer film from Australia and around the world.

chanel on film

From Coco to Karl, delve into the world of one of the few remaining couture fashion houses.

feast on film

These hard-hitting and heart-warming films will inspire debate about our sustenance on this planet.

the spirit of the beehive

The 2008 La Mirada Festival program is being launched with a screening of the 2007 Festival's sold out inaugural film.

airplay uk

The very best music videos being produced in Britain today.

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