Wednesday 26 July - Sunday 13 August
Get off the couch and get into the nation's largest film event with close to 400 film screenings.
The Melbourne International Film Festival, celebrating its 55th year, presents the most diverse and immediate range of contemporary cinema in the country and engages the biggest cinema-going audience. With the majority of films screened being Australian premieres, you can see it first and be the one to give your friends the heads-up.
This year, we turn our attention to Denmark, which has given the cinema world maverick Lars von Trier and a further generation of inventive talent. Our Danmark Nu programme is a sampler of creativity from some truly great Danes.
Jafar Panahi is one of the most influential and internationally renowned filmmakers of Iranian post revolutionary cinema. He will be a guest of the festival, his contentious films the focus of MIFF's now staple Homelands Now program.
Our new program Super SK8mm presents Buddy and Rick's Super 8 Skating Adventures. Responsible for the 1999 cult classic Fruit of the Vine, Coan "Buddy" Nichols and Rick Charnoski have charted an unorthodox path. They make films that are about (hardcore) skateboarding, but they're as far from the sanitised world of the pro circuit (and Larry Clark) as you can skate.
Check for program updates at http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/