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Switch Your Phone To Silent, MIFF Is Bringing You A Massive Online Film Festival This August

By Rick Stephens
7th May 2020

Neon sign reading MIFF on a stage at a bustling after-party.

After some uncertainty, the 69th Melbourne International Film Festival will go ahead, though it’ll expectedly look a little different.

Dubbed MIFF 68½, the festival will run throughout its usual dates from Thursday 6 August to Sunday 23 May on a bespoke online platform.

The program is expected to feature groundbreaking headline titles originally intended for the annual film event. Along with newly discovered feature-length films, MIFF 68½ will also feature four short film streams, shorts awards and a virtual adaptation of their critics campus.

To recreate the comprehensive MIFF experience from home, the team also plan to bring a virtual iteration of the popular Talks programs, which will be available on the platform currently in development. 

The news comes following a generous philanthropic donation in support of the festival going ahead for 2020, which has assisted MIFF in the development of state-of-the-art streaming platform.

Films will be streamed on a pay-per-view basis, with most titles available for your viewing pleasure over the entirety of the festival. A full program launch is due for release on Tuesday 14 July.

Meanwhile, Sydney Film Festival has teamed up with Tribeca, Cannes and more for the We Are One Festival. Find out more here.

Image credit: MIFF

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