The tragedy is real: Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) cancels cinemas and extends online

It's the news we've been expecting but dreading. No MIFF cinema screenings in Melbourne for the second year running.
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With Melbourne’s sixth lockdown expected to continue beyond Thursday 8pm, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has finally made the call that realists expected and cinephiles dreaded. In a statement released this morning, MIFF said:

‘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 Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the in-cinema component of this year’s festival, planned to be delivered from Thursday 12 through Sunday 22 August.’

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is a journalist for Screenhub. She 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. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram

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