MIFF 2022, Al Cossar: We’re looking to the future with Bright Horizons

11 films will compete for the $140,000 Best Film Award, which the Artistic Director says is fitting for the Festival's 70th birthday.

It goes without saying that the last couple of years have been far from ideal for film festivals, or for most things, really. Which is why the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is champing at the bit for this year’s return to an in-person event, which kicks off next month in Melbourne and its surrounds.

‘The last two years have seen an extraordinary amount of disruption,’ Al Cossar says. ‘There’s been an absurd amount of complexity to work through for a festival like MIFF, to create something for our audiences that was essentially new.’

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Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites