- Melbourne Film Festival will go digital as this year's festival gets canceled.
The Melbourne Film Festival (MIFF) has unveiled its plans for a virtual edition as the festival scheduled for August is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual edition dubbed MIFF 68 ½., will feature 40 narrative and documentary features from this year’s program.
The films will be available to stream during the festival’s original planned dates on August 6 to August 23. 30 to 40 shorts will also be available to stream for free. The festival will highlight emerging filmmakers and provide support.
The virtual event will be accessed via pay-to-play ticketed access but four select titles will be available to stream to audiences at specific time and will feature Q&As.
“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,” said MIFF artistic director Al Cossar.
The festival will also include a scaled-down virtual version of its MIFF Talks program. The streaming platform is being built by New Zealand-based Shift72, which has worked with SXSW previously.
The full lineup will be announced on July 14. The 69th Melbourne International Film Festival will take place on August 2021.