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Melbourne International Film Festival (Now Online)

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.

How To Live…

This event has been cancelled in line with the Victorian government’s public health announcement on Thursday 27 May. If you are a ticket holder for this date, RISING will issue a refund for the price of your ticket, which will be processed to the card you booked with. For further information on RISING and their COVID-19 update please visit their website.

Renowned for her crystalline, deeply humane reflections on spirituality, technology, and the natural world, multiple Emmy award-winning artist Lynette Wallworth turns the lens on herself in the soul-baring performance memoir How To Live…

With tenderness, intimacy, and humour, Wallworth unearths memories of her coming- of-age as prophetess in a radical Christian community, and recounts her exodus back to freedom. As she stages the drama of her loss of self and path to rediscovery, she finds a world governed by the influence of cults not unlike the one she left behind.

Using her artworks and a wry sensibility Wallworth navigates the beauty and the perils of shared belief systems. Her illuminating personal experience calls into question; how are we influenced, what are we seeking, and how can our realities co-exist? Where different worldviews collide is empathy more valuable than truth?

Ahead of this world premiere show, Wallworth with also be In Conversation with ACMI Director Katrina Sedgwick, reflecting on her years of storytelling through art and film on 31 May.

Presented by The Capitol, RMIT Culture and RISING. Commissioned by RISING and Sydney Opera House.

Speaker bio

Lynette Wallworth, artist and filmmaker
Lynette Wallworth is a multiple Emmy® Award-winning Australian artist and filmmaker whose immersive video installations and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world.  She has been awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award, the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence, and in 2016 she was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the year’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Wallworth’s most recent VR works have been developed at the invitation of Indigenous communities. Wallworth’s work has shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Smithsonian, the Royal Observatory Greenwich for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; Auckland Triennial; Adelaide Biennial; Brighton Festival and the Vienna Festival among many others as well as film festivals including – Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Glasgow Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Margaret Mead Film Festival. Wallworth’s works include the interactive video installation Evolution of Fearlessness; the DOMIE Award-winning fulldome feature Coral, with its accompanying augmented reality work; the AACTA Award-winning documentary Tender, the Emmy® Award-winning virtual reality narrative Collisions which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the 2016 World Economic Forum, Davos and the Emmy® Award-winning XR work Awavena 2018 which was in competition at Venice film festival after premiering at Sundance Film Festival. Wallworth is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and sits on the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. She is currently Artist in Residence at the Australian Human Rights Institute, UNSW and at AFTRS, Sydney. She directs the New Narratives Lab at the World Economic Forum developed to create opportunities for underrepresented voices to access global decision makers.

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