If there's one event that sets the heart of cinephiles aflutter, it's the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). With a history dating back to 1952, MIFF holds the distinction of being one of the oldest film festivals in the world, a cinematic extravaganza that has woven itself into the very fabric of the city's cultural landscape.

Whether you're a seasoned visitor or simply enjoy the magic of the big screen, MIFF promises to transport you to new worlds, challenge your perspectives, and ignite your passion for storytelling. Ready to immerse yourself in the world of cinema and film? Here’s everything you need to know about the Melbourne International Film Festival.

A History of the Melbourne International Film Festival

Born in the golden age of cinema when movie theatres still had a touch of glamour, MIFF began as a modest event showcasing just 16 films. Fast forward 7 decades and it has evolved into a global showcase of cinematic brilliance that launches hundreds of movies into the world.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, MIFF holds immense cultural significance. It's a veritable celebration of storytelling on celluloid, fostering a sense of unity among cineastes who gather to explore the depths of human experience through the lens of cinema.

Instrumental in catapulting Australian films onto the world stage, Melbourne International Film Festival shines a spotlight on local talent and narratives that might otherwise have remained undiscovered.

 Movie and film memorabilia Inside ACMI

Screening Locations of the Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) offers a range of venues for film enthusiasts to enjoy the cinematic experience. ACMI, located in Federation Square, and ARU's Campari Cinema Lounge are prominent venues.

Other notable venues include Capitol Cinema Warrnambool, Cinema Nova and Hoyts Melbourne Central, which offer diverse film experiences. Lido Cinemas and The Astor Theatre provide boutique and classic cinema experiences, respectively.

The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong and Palace Westgarth Cinema screens both new releases and arthouse films, The Wheeler Centre hosts literary events and discussions, and Melbourne Planetarium offers a cosmic and educational experience. Overall, MIFF offers a range of cinematic experiences, catering to diverse interests and preferences.

People watching a film at MIFF

Tips to Make the Most of MIFF

Unlock the full potential of your Melbourne International Film Festival 2023 (MIFF) adventure with these savvy tips. From film selection to exploring the city's treasures, let these insights be your roadmap for an unforgettable experience, making the most of every cinematic moment and vibrant city discovery.

Embrace the Variety

MIFF is a cinematic kaleidoscope, offering a dazzling array of films that cater to every taste and preference. From thought-provoking documentaries to avant-garde indie films, and from heartwarming local stories to pulse-pounding international blockbusters, there's something for everyone.

Plan Ahead

With such an eclectic lineup, planning your festival journey is key. Take advantage of the festival's website and app to create a schedule that ensures you catch your must-see films while leaving room for spontaneous discoveries.

Immerse Yourself

Don't limit your MIFF experience to the cinema alone. Engage in post-screening discussions, Q&As, and panel talks. The festival is a hub of intellectual and artistic exploration, offering insights directly from filmmakers and industry experts.

Indulge in the Atmosphere

The air is thick with excitement as you queue up for a screening, surrounded by fellow cinephiles who share your passion. And after the credits roll, engage in spirited debates and discussions that add a layer of depth to your cinematic journey.

Book Accommodation Early

With the festival's popularity, accommodation fills up fast, so booking in advance guarantees a comfortable and convenient stay amidst the cinematic excitement. Dorsett Melbourne blends heritage with contemporary elegance, to elevate your MIFF journey. By securing your accommodation early, you ensure a seamless and immersive festival adventure from start to finish.

Melbourne International Film Festival 2023 Parties & Events

Golden bar with bottles at Dorsett Melbourne

MIFF isn't just about films; it's a celebration. Join the opening and closing night parties, along with MIFF's industry events, to mingle with filmmakers and fellow enthusiasts. It's a chance to revel in the festival's achievements and create new memories.

Explore cultural legacies and enduring friendships in "Abebe - Butterfly Song," and reframe cinema through a unique lens with "The Tuba Thieves." The Closing Night Gala presents “Theater Camp," a hilarious mockumentary that guarantees a night of laughter.

And with Melbourne being the cosmopolitan icon it is, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to bars, lounges, restaurants and entertainment. Specifically at Dorsett Melbourne’s very own Jin Bar which explores a diverse range of speciality cocktails, wines and beers. Perfect for a pre or post-theatre drink! Whether you’re looking to let your hair down and dance the night away or sit down to a film-focused dinner and discussion, you’ll find it all her in Melbourne.

Stay Like a Movie Star at Dorsett Melbourne

Studio Guestroom with large bed at Dorsett Melbourne

Elevate your Melbourne International Film Festival experience by making Dorsett Melbourne your cinematic haven. Positioned in the heart of the city, Dorsett Melbourne mirrors the dynamic spirit of MIFF, seamlessly blending historical charm with contemporary elegance.

Offering sophisticated design and attentive service, Dorsett Melbourne is more than just a hotel — it's the ultimate base for immersing yourself in the festival's excitement. Check into stylish, well-appointed guest rooms featuring walk-in rain showers, large flatscreen TVs, sumptuous bedding and all of the facilities and amenities you need for a comfy stay.

Whether you need help finding the best local venues or want some insider knowledge on the hottest parties and after-shows to see, our friendly and helpful team are on hand 24/7.

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Contacting the Melbourne International Film Festival

For inquiries and information about MIFF, you can visit their official website or reach out to their dedicated team via email or phone. The festival's representatives are always ready to assist you.

How to Make a Submission to the Melbourne International Film Festival?

If you're an aspiring filmmaker, MIFF provides a platform for your work to shine. Keep an eye on their submission guidelines and deadlines to ensure your masterpiece gets the attention it deserves.

Is There a Dress Code for MIFF?

While there's no strict dress code, many attendees opt for a smart-casual ensemble, reflecting the blend of sophistication and artistic flair that characterises the festival.

Do I Need to Pre-book Tickets for MIFF?

It's highly recommended to pre-book your tickets to ensure you secure your spot for the films you're eager to watch. Popular screenings tend to sell out quickly.

What Else Should I Prepare for My Visit?

Apart from your tickets and enthusiasm, consider bringing a notebook to jot down your thoughts and impressions after each screening. A comfortable pair of shoes is also a must, as you'll be navigating between various venues.

So pack your curiosity, your enthusiasm, and your sense of adventure, and let Melbourne's film festival sweep you off your feet. And when you're ready to rest your head after a day of cinematic indulgence, Dorsett Melbourne awaits, ready to be your oasis in the heart of this cultural haven.