Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) rejigged for restrictions – Here’s what you need to know

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has pushed its screenings back to 12 August, with extended online options and fresh additions from Cannes.
Julia Ducournau's Palme d'Or winning 'Titane' has been added to the MIFF lineup

Victoria is currently in a snap 7-day lockdown, where public gatherings are not permitted. These restrictions are expected to remain in place until Thursday 12 August 2021, subject to public health advice.

Whether in-cinema MIFF screenings, including the Gala opening of The Drover’s Wife can go ahead as planned from the 12th, remains up in the air. Our sincere sympathies go out to the festival organisers and anyone involved in a film that’s scheduled to premiere. It’s a year of disappointments. MIFF issued an email to subscribers today saying:

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk