MIFF 2018 opening night gala
MIFF 2018 opening night gala

Melbourne International Film Festival 2021


Update from MIFF

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Thank you for being patient.

MIFF is back for its 69th festival. Preview some of the much anticipated world premiere films and special events.

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) returns with a packed program top-lined by MIFF’s first-ever Opening Night film from a female Indigenous director, the debut of a record 11 Premiere Fund films, the first Australian film in Cannes Competition in a decade, plus much-anticipated titles from Berlin, Venice and Sundance film festivals.

Building on the success of MIFF’s 2020 online-only festival – which reached the largest audience in the festival’s history – the innovations of MIFF 2021 will give films their biggest ever platform at MIFF, presenting for the first time ever as a hybrid festival across cinema and digital. Once again meeting audiences where they are, MIFF returns to familiar theatres across Melbourne city, while expanding into five suburban sites, screening in eight regional centres and streaming online nationally via the festival’s new digital platform, MIFF Play.


5–22 Aug 2021


MIFF returns in 2021, opening with Leah Purcell’s acclaimed and highly anticipated film The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson, alongside the festival debut of a record 11 Premiere Fund films – including the first Australian film in the Cannes competition in a decade – and standout titles from the Berlin, Venice and Sundance film festivals.

Explore a selection of the most eagerly awaited world-premiere films, international award winners and special events in our 69th festival.

Explore the full program
Leah Purcell pointing a rifle in a still from 'The Drovers Wife' (2021)

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