MIFF 68½: A Digital Melbourne International Film Festival this year!

Chayanika Roy
Jun 02, 2020 13:14 IST

MIFF aims to build an enlightened society through films and the lockdown can't stop them. Cinephiles need not stress as The Melbourne International Film Festival will move online this year.

The leading film festival, MIFF has been continuously running since 1952, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the fraternity. It is the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, giving innovative screen experiences to audience and filmmakers.

The film industry is severely hit with this novel pandemic. Amidst the disruptions of normalcy, MIFF 68½ — A Digital Film Festival for 2020 is being introduced to provide the film fanatics with a program of newly released films from around the globe.

This iconic cultural event will be a ticketed affair where viewers can watch movies on a pay-per-view basis. Though it is scheduled to commence from 6–23 August 2020, the full program will be announced on 14 July 2020.

The 69th edition will feature approximately 40 features. The program will also include a presentation of shorts across Australian, International, Animation and Documentary packages, the Shorts Awards, MIFF Talks, Critics Campus, as well as virtual adaptations of their social events.

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MIFF artistic director Al Cossar said to Screen Daily: “MIFF 68½ is our response to these difficult times – the result of our desire to sustain MIFF’s outstanding film programming, stay connected with our audience and foster new audience connections during this truly unparalleled time. While it will not have the scale of a regular festival, it will certainly have all of the heart.

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