The Capitol acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

Melbourne International Film Festival (Now Online)


“We will again share a world of cinema, reignited, to welcome Melburnians back to places far beyond the familiarities of the last year.”

Al Cossar, Artistic Director, MIFF

In light of the current COVID situation in Melbourne, and with the safety of audiences and staff at the forefront of their thinking, the Board and Management of the Melbourne International Film Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel the in-cinema component of this year’s festival, planned to be delivered from Thursday 12 to Sunday 22 August. Refunds will be issued to all patrons who have booked tickets for these sessions. Refunds will also be issued to all pass holders. For any ticket or refund queries please contact

MIFF is committed to the national delivery of our streaming platform MIFF Play with an expanded program, alongside MIFF’s world-leading XR (extended reality) program, which is available to audiences, for free, globally.

They’ve added more than 30 new titles to our MIFF Play program so that you can continue to enjoy the festival from home. Streaming films and sharing your favourite titles with your friends is a great way to stay engaged with the latest in cinema from around the world, and to support filmmakers and the festival.

There are over 100 titles to choose from, including free MIFF Shorts packages, available to stream Australia-wide until Sunday 22 August.

Celebrating its 69th edition, Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) returns in 2021 with an astonishing lineup of 283 international and Australian films and transformative screen experiences.

Highlights at The Capitol include the historical kaleidoscope Ablaze (2021), Alec Morgan and Tiriki Onusa’s compelling untold story of activism, resistance and politically-driven art-making; Gero von Boehm’s Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful (2020), an expansive portrait of the controversial fashion icon capturing both light and shade; and Palme d’Or contender Bergman Island (2021), the latest instalment in French writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve’s oeuvre of delicate, semi-autobiographical investigations into love.

Presented by Melbourne International Film Festival.