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ACMI celebrates the birth of Bollywood, queer mythology and Teletubbie avatars during Asia TOPA
Joining Arts Centre Melbourne and a consortium of cultural organisations, ACMI showcases the colorful, the queer and the cutting-edge during the inaugural Asia TOPA program in 2017 – a festival-style program that celebrates the wellspring of moving image, performing arts and culture from the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

Provocative documentaries reveal clandestine government actions in new 'Lies and Secrets' season at ACMI Cinemas
Thursday 15 September
From 13 October a film program designed to shape the debate around some of the most urgent issues of our time hits ACMI Cinemas, with screenings of four critically-acclaimed documentaries.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Laurie Anderson and Rachel Tsangari to captivate audiences at ACMI Cinemas
Monday 5 September 2016 
Three films featuring the work of boundary-pushing artists will screen at ACMI Cinemas across September and October with exclusive limited seasons of Heart of a Dog, from writer, director and performance artist Laurie Anderson; Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, an intimate portrait of the provocative 20th Century photographer; and Chevalier, from one of the leading forces in Greek New Wave cinema, Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Collisions: Lynette Wallworth
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Opening as part of the Melbourne Festival, ACMI presents Collisions, a deeply poetic and thought-provoking virtual reality film experience by acclaimed Australian filmmaker and artist, Lynette Wallworth, exploring the collision of science and spirit. Collisions is Wallworth’s first work using VR technology and the first known VR document of an Indigenous story.

Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Entries open for a new, game changing program for school students: the Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge, a free Microsoft coding competition for students, presented by Microsoft and the Victorian Department of Education, and supported by ACMI.

ACMI X Co-workers Revealed
Tuesday 26 July 2016 
ACMI is delighted to welcome the foundation members of ACMI X, the first co-workers to join Australia’s first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution. A range of cross disciplinary practitioners have been selected by ACMI from an outstanding field of applications, with round two applications invited from today. 

Wednesday 20 July 2016
At a time when politics around the globe has never been more entertaining - nor more alarming - ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen. With both Melbourne International Film Festival screenings already sold out, the critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality, shows exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 1 September 2016.

SCORSESE Film and Public Program season: 12 July to 18 September
Tuesday 12 July 2016
At the halfway point in ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition season, ACMI presents a new range of film and public programs delving further into the expansive world of prolific auteur, Martin Scorsese. From cinefiles to the curious, these events will instil a deep appreciation (and some trivia) for the work of the director before or after stepping inside the gallery.

Sandy Powell: Masterclass in Costume Design
Wednesday 6 July 2016
To coincide with ACMI’s exclusive-to-Melbourne SCORSESE exhibition, ACMI and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) present a special event for lovers of costume design: multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA winning costume designer, Sandy Powell OBE, in a special night of conversation promising a fascinating insight into her extraordinary craft and career.

Monday 27 June 2016
To celebrate the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, ACMI presents RETROLYMPIAD, an evening of food, drinks and Olympics inspired retro videogames from the 80s through to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. For one-night only on Saturday 23 July, RETROLYMPIAD transforms ACMI’s ‘Lightwell’ and ‘Cube’ spaces into a pop-up arcade playground for adults.

ACMI presents Winter in Motion
Friday 17 June
ACMI is primed for kids and families to make the most of the cold weather with a packed schedule of indoor activities including award-winning kids’ flicks screenings, a huge list of creative workshops including popular favourites and brand new offerings, plus Little Big Shots, a film festival curated especially for kids.

ACMI in association with The University of Melbourne presents Shakespeare on Film
Tuesday 14 June
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, ACMI, in association with The University of Melbourne, present an international touring program from the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI) that explores the deep affinity between cinema and The Bard.  From 14 to 26 July this prestige program showcases a selection of new digital restorations and special presentations.

NFSA and ACMI mark new era for collaboration through signing MOU
Tuesday 7 June 2016 
On Monday 6 June 2016, the Chairs of ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new era of collaboration between the two agencies. 

Applications open for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission no. 3 
Monday 6 June 2016 
ACMI and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust invite artists to apply for the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI.

ACMI presents The Fits
Friday 3 June 2016
ACMI presents an exclusive limited season of Anna Rose Holmer’s internationally acclaimed feature debut The Fits (2015), an atypical coming of age tale with a mysterious twist, set as a group of young women train to defend their reigning title in the fierce dance battle world. Following its recent local festival debut, ACMI screens The Fits in its first and only Melbourne cinema season for a limited run from 18 June to 10 July.

Thursday 26 May 2016
From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the most influential directors of our time. Now the first exhibition celebrating the indelible cinematic legacy of the prolific and passionate auteur has opened at Melbourne’s ACMI.

Little Big Shots Film Festival 2016
Thursday 5 May 2016
After hosting Little Big Shots since its inception 12 years ago, for the first time ACMI welcomes the festival as one of its internal programs in 2016. This new partnership consolidates the relationship between Australia's premiere film festival for kids, and Australia's premiere organisation for the moving image.

SCORSESE Film and Public Programs
Wednesday 4 May 2016
In conjunction with the SCORSESE exhibition, ACMI presents a mix of film and public programs that showcase, celebrate and contemplate the work of Martin Scorsese.

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose
Tuesday 3 May 2016
Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, ACMI presents new exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. 

New Board Members for ACMI
Wednesday 30 March 2016 
In further exciting news from an organisation undergoing significant transformation, ACMI today announced changes to its Board membership. 

Hothouse 2016: Virtual Reality
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Emerging media artists wanted – Victorian students in Years 10 to 11, applications close Friday 27 May 2016. ACMI and the Victorian Government have together created the ultimate incubator for emerging media artists and are seeking promising young Victorians to apply for this once in a lifetime learning opportunity.

Games Lab Version 2.0: ACMI reboots its popular gameplay lounge
Friday 18 March 2016 
ACMI is bringing a new look and feel to its Games Lab, a communal game playing hub in the heart of its Screen Worlds exhibit. The redesigned Games Lab will feature eleven new games, an enticing mix of big budget and independent releases that celebrate the craft, culture and community of videogames. Now up and running at ACMI’s free, permanent Screen Worlds exhibition.

ACMI appoints James Hewison to head up film programs  
Tuesday 15 March 2016 
ACMI has appointed film industry specialist James Hewison as its new Head of Film Programs. Hewison’s appointment to the Executive Team comes amid ACMI’s move into a new phase of its evolution with an ambitious strategy for extending its audiences, enhancing programming and strengthening engagement with the creative and screen industries. 

ACMI presents new ongoing program ART+FILM 
Thursday 10 March 2016
ACMI presents ART+FILM, a free monthly program featuring one-off film screenings with accompanying talks. Presented in the ACMI Cinemas, ART+FILM showcases short and feature-length films by leading Australian and international artists, shedding light on the space where artistic practice and film intersect. 

ACMI presents Autumn School Holiday Program
Monday 7 March 2016
ACMI presents a program of kids’ flicks and workshops to delight parents and children alike when schools break for holidays. From Monday 28 March to Sunday 10 April, follow a family of Moomins on their journey to the French Riviera, embark on an (Oscar® nominated) journey through Celtic legend, and get creative while learning some neat new skills at creative workshops that cover coding, flipbooks, Minecraft and more!

ACMI in partnership with ABC RN presents Future Manifestos
Monday 29 February 2016 
Future Manifestos is an afternoon of short talks investigating the relevance and place of the manifesto today. Organised to coincide with ACMI’s Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto exhibition which meditates on the texts shared in a bygone era, Future Manifestos will take place at ACMI on the afternoon of Sunday 13 March.

Melbourne Secures Australian International Documentary Conference for 2017 
Monday 29 February 2016 
The Australian International Documentary Conference will return to Melbourne in 2017 for its 30-year anniversary, with hosting rights secured by the Victorian Government through Film Victoria. Continuing the partnership between the supporting organisations, ACMI has been confirmed as the return venue for next year’s milestone conference, scheduled for 5 to 8 March 2017.

Wednesday 24 February 2016
From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the most influential directors of our time. Now the first exhibition celebrating the indelible cinematic legacy of the prolific and passionate auteur comes to Melbourne’s ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).

ACMI in collaboration with Sydney Dance Company presents world first virtual reality experience Stuck in the Middle With You
Wednesday 17 February 2016
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is proud to present their first virtual reality (VR) commission, Closer Productions and Sydney Dance Company’s Stuck in the Middle With You. Jointly directed by award-winning filmmaker Matthew Bate and internationally acclaimed director/choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, Stuck in the Middle With You fuses choreography, performance, documentary and drama. This landmark moving image work is free to experience daily at ACMI from Saturday 5 March to Monday 14 March 2016.

ACMI presents In Praise of Parker Posey 
Wednesday 10 February 2016
From 13 to 28 March, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents In Praise of Parker Posey, a film season that turns the spotlight on our favourite ‘90s party girl’ who The New Yorker recently named “the greatest character actress of the last few decades.”

Announcing ACMI X: ACMI Creates Next Generation Creative Hub
Wednesday 3 February 2016 
In a game changer for museums, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announces the first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution in Australia, ACMI X. 

ACMI presents Screen It 2016
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Teachers and parents be warned: children around Australia are about to be inspired, creative and occupied, as ACMI calls for young creatives to enter Australia’s biggest student film competition, Screen It. This year’s theme, Mystery, is set to fuel ideas and classroom discussions, spurring school students around the country to create original and inventive films, animations and videogames. 

Fashion on Film 2016
Wednesday 27 January 2016
ACMI presents Fashion on Film, a carefully chosen collection of fashion documentaries hot off the runways in London, Milan, New York and Paris, as part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). Between 25 February and 14 March 2016, marvel over the last collections of Alexander McQueen, meet Hubert de Givenchy, and learn about the hat that sat atop some of Hollywood’s greatest stars. As always, each documentary is accompanied by a short film that has been handpicked from the 2016 VAMFF Film Competition.

ACMI welcomes Australian International Documentary Conference to its new home
Friday 22 January 2016
In 2016 Australia’s shrine to cinema, ACMI becomes the new home of Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) when the annual event is hosted by ACMI from 28 February to 2 March 2016. AIDC is the Asia-Pacific’s premier event for documentary, specialist factual and unscripted entertainment. The event combines a dynamic marketplace, ideas forum and public screening program into four days of invaluable project and professional development, inspiration and networking. 

Summer Late Night for 15 to 25 year-olds
Wednesday 20 January 2016
ACMI announces the first Summer Late Night session targeted for 15 to 25 year-olds: a free, late night party from 5 to 11pm on Friday 22 January 2016. Participate in interactive experiences including a live Robotic Performance by Dylan Martorell, and see headline music act The Stevens fresh from their recent USA tour, plus gain afterhours access to ACMI’s current exhibition Julian Rosefeldt: Manifesto. Food and drink will also be on offer along with a showcase of work created during the Signal Summer program. This is an all ages event, with an enclosed licensed area provided for the consumption of alcohol for guests who are over the age of 18 years.

ACMI announces Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride
Tuesday 19 January 2016
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are proud to present the world premiere of Phantom Ride, a brand new work by one of Australia’s leading moving image artists, Melbourne-based Daniel Crooks. Practising across a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Crooks’ work plays with the notion of time, stretching and distorting reality while questioning our perception of it. 

ACMI announces White Night Melbourne 2016 program
Wednesday 6 January 2016
For White Night Melbourne 2016, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will once again open its doors to host a night of special activities and film screenings, along with providing after hours access to its world-class exhibitions. LOL at the Internet Cat Festival, battle it out and witness elite guest gamers in the Gameplay Lounge, experience Virtual Reality from behind Google Goggles and plenty more, all in one night on Saturday 20 February 2016.

ACMI presents the world premiere of Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett 
Wednesday 14 October 2015
This summer ACMI unveils the world premiere of Manifesto (2015), a new thirteen-channel work by pre-eminent artist Julian Rosefeldt starring Cate Blanchett. Manifesto is at the heart of Rosefeldt’s survey exhibition opening at ACMI on Wednesday 9 December 2015.

Seb Chan joins ACMI as Chief eXperience Officer
Monday 20 July 2015
ACMI has appointed internationally recognised museums sector digital revolutionary, Seb Chan, to a newly created role of Chief eXperience Officer (CXO) – the first role of its kind in the international museum sector.

David Bowie is...Opens at ACMI 
Wednesday 15 July 2015 
ACMI today launched the critically acclaimed exhibition celebrating one of the most influential artists in music, film and video, fashion and performance. David Bowie is comes to ACMI from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) for a strictly limited season from 16 July 2015 as part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

ACMI announces two new executive positions
Tuesday 7 July 2015
ACMI has appointed two new senior roles responsible for the organisation’s marketing, brand, audience development, and fundraising and stakeholder engagement activities. ACMI Director & CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, today announced that Emma Levy has been appointed to the role of Head of Marketing, with Tamara Harrison appointed to the newly created position of Head of Development.

ACMI announces broadcasting executive and former film festival director Katrina Sedgwick as new Director and CEO
Thursday 11 December, 2014
Peter Lewinsky, President of the ACMI Board, today announced the appointment of broadcasting executive and award-winning former festival director and creative producer, Katrina Sedgwick, to the role of Director and Chief Executive Officer at ACMI. 

Daniel Crooks awarded $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission
Thursday 30 October 2014
Following the first critically acclaimed Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI today announced the second $100,000 commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists has been awarded to celebrated Melbourne-based video artist, Daniel Crooks.

Melbourne farewells DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition to the world!
Tuesday 28 October 2014
ACMI and Los Angeles-based studio, DreamWorks Animation, on Sunday farewelled DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, after a hugely successful world premiere run as part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing finds its way across Australia
Tuesday 16 September 2014
The Australian Government’s Australia Council for the Arts has awarded ACMI a $241,185 touring grant to take the popular Melbourne-made exhibition Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film to nine regional centres from 2015.

New President appointed to the ACMI Board
Friday, 29 August 2014
ACMI today announced the appointment by the Victorian Government Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria MP, of Mr Peter Lewinsky to the role of Board President.


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