The Made In Melbourne Film Festival is unapologetically proud. Our city by the bay has a thriving film community and festival culture and MIM aims to provide emerging and established filmmakers a platform to showcase their work in front of their peers and an appreciative audience.
We're in our eighth year now. Back in 2009 when MIM began, it was only a single Summer night at the Loop Bar, over 100 people cramming into the sweltering venue to watch an eclectic collection of local films. Two nights in Year Two, three times as many submissions, no doubt helped by taking a massive gamble and booking BMW Edge as our Opening Night venue well before we were ready for the workload, adjustment, and 'officiality' such a venue demanded. But the result was an increase in attendance five-fold and state-wide coverage in the Herald Sun and The Age.
From there, MIM hasn't looked back. We've grown each year, consistently broken submission records, played at some of the largest and grand venues around Melbourne on one end (Astor Theatre, Capitol Theatre) and the most independent and coolest cinema bars on the other end (Order of Melbourne, Dv8, Revolt Art Space). Over the past couple of years the high-tech Backlot Studios has become a go-to venue for MIM, and we're pleased to be returning again in 2016 for our closing weekend.
We're also proud to provide opportunities for filmmakers not only through the official festival program but by helping to organise a range of additional screenings for all entrants to the festival. Since 2014 we have screened shorts at Movies Under the Stars organised by Destination Docklands at the start of every year; we also did a sold-out Best of MIM screening at QV Summer Cinema earlier this year. The hugely popular White Night Melbourne 2014 also ran a program of past MIM finalists at
Southgate Cinema and last year we programmed a MIM compilation at Down Under Berlin, the only festival in Europe dedicated to Aussie and NZ films. In contrast, last year we also travelled to Swanpool Community Cinema (and will be doing so again in 2016) to present a MIM compilation in rural Victoria - from international audiences to regional cinema connoisseurs, we love showcasing the best of Melbourne and Victorian film to appreciative audiences. We also screen an anthology show on Channel 31, hightlighting the best shorts and features from our extensive and eclectic arhives.
MIM continues to grow and offer filmmakers fantastic prizes and accolades, thanks to our multiple generous sponsors. This year the festival received 200 submissions, a record breaking year, and with a program spread over six nights, two days, and twelve seperate sessions, it will be by far our biggest ever line-up.
All the initiatives introduced over the last couple of years are returning in 2016 too:
- Weekend Matinée Sessions. With so many quality films we needed more sessions to honour the filmmakers. Matinée sessions were an experiment which proved successful - well attended, a relaxed atmosphere, popcorn and drinks and good flicks out of the afternoon heat.
- New Awards. Best Film, Audience Choice, Best Director, Best Actor.
- Industry Judges. More awards mean we invite experienced industry professionals to view the films and elect overall winners on Opening and Closing Nights, as well as the Best Feature Film category.
A big reason for our expansion is we are lucky enough to be supported by the City of Melbourne through the 2016 Arts Grant. This has allowed us to add a Web Series category for the first time and to also launch the inaugural First Nations Script To Sceen Initiative where we take a script by an indigenous writer and produce a film to premiere at MIM on December 9th.
It also allows us to screen at some of Melbourne's most gorgeous and high-tech venues:
Opening Night December 6th
Short Film Showcase & Feature Finalist #1 December 7th and 8th
Palace Cinemas Como
Music Videos and Web Series December 8th
Loop Project Space
MIM by Moonlight (Premiere of Script to Screen) December 9th
QV Summer Cinema
Three more Features, High School Showcase, Closing Night Shorts December 10th & 11th
The Backlot Studios
It's an exciting time to be part of MIM. The only festival exclusivly for Melbourne and Victorian filmmakers. With an ever growing list of sponsors and partners, a dedicated team behind the scenes, who knows what other surprises will be revealed along the way. One thing is for sure ... MIM will always celebrate our city and our creativity.
The Made In Melbourne Film Festival. All local. All Melbourne.