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Otto Bloom is living his life in reverse. Is he psychic, a time traveller, a madman or living proof of Einstein’s theory of relativity? Find out when The Death and Life of Otto Bloom World Premieres at the 65th MIFF Opening Night Gala on Thursday 28 July, from 7pm at Hamer Hall! Get your tickets now.
In 2016, Virtual Reality is a new frontier in storytelling, and Eric Darnell (director of Madagascar and Antz) is one of its emerging masters. He's also the Chief Creative Officer at Baobab Studios (one of the "Disneys of early VR"), which has established itself with the launch of its Ethan Hawke-starring Invasion! (pictured). Darnell will join MIFF this year for a special session on Saturday 13 August to talk about lessons learned from the fascinating new world of VR, building immersive worlds, inspiring audiences and rewriting the rules of storytelling. Tickets on sale now.
Now in its 10th year, MIFF's Next Gen program for schools is here! Screening films in the languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools – French, German, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin – Next Gen is a carefully curated selection of high-quality, diverse and age-appropriate films that are not available online, not available on home entertainment, and not guaranteed a cinema release in Australia. So see them at MIFF or risk missing out! School bookings are now open.
Applications to volunteer for the 65th MIFF are now open. Volunteers are an integral part of the festival, and not only is volunteering for MIFF fun, all MIFF volunteers receive free transport on the Metro rail network throughout the festival dates, thanks to Principal Partner Metro Trains Melbourne. Applications close Sunday 19 June.
Obviously you're not going to be anywhere else but in the cinema with us between 28 July-14 August 2016. Plan ahead and purchase eMinis and Passports (available exclusively to MIFF members) right now!
When is MIFF on this year? Block out your schedule between 28 July-14 August 2016 and join us for the 65th MIFF!
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For our next round of videos re-live the discussion about film's future in Cinema, Reimagined, full video here. Plus, revel in a spirited discussion on the art of designing posters in Getting the Look: The Pitch of the Movie Poster, Or watch here.Talking Pictures Podcast : iTunes RSS
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Scott Hicks (Shine) explores the appeal and intrigue of string instruments with a layered documentary that spans the globe, from the modest homes of the musicians who make up the Australian String Quartet to the picturesque violin-crafting township of Cremona, Italy, to Manhattan's Plaza Hotel - home to the Carpenter family, the self-anointed "Kardashians of the stringed world".
Juxtaposing the skill of craftsmen and musicians with the growing interest in the collectability of instruments by the ultra rich, Hicks weaves an involving story of passion, ego and skill.
10.30am, Sunday 1 May
Cinema Nova, Carlton
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