The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Sun Jul 9th 2017 to Sun Jul 16th 2017 at 11:00 until 23:00
Melbourne, Various locations, Melbourne

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The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival outlines an ambitious slate of feature and short documentaries direct from Hot Docs, SXSW, Doc NYC, Doc Edge, Doxa, Traverse City Film Festival, Sundance, Cannes, Doxa, Tribecca, TIFF and more.

The focal points of this factual filmmaking festival can equally be divided between people on their own personal odysseys, society, community, family and those on the fringes.

The festival will open unconventionally on 9th July 2017 at Howler Art Space with an Opening Day Binge Watch of documentaries kicking off at 11am.

The opening short is ‘The Satellite’ by Ann Johnson which tells the improbable true story of Australia first spacecraft.

With 80 + documentaries in competition screened over 8 days at four venues: Howler Art Space, Long Play, Cinema Nova, and The Laneway Learning Centre.

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is guaranteed to provide a rich array and diverse mix of documentaries direct from the festival circuit. Curated sections include Australian, Short Documentary, Music, Foodie, Art, Street Art, Environmental, LGBTI, Aboriginal, Investigative Journalism Documentaries, Pop Culture and World Cinema.

On Saturday 15th July 2017 from 9am The Laneway Learning Centre will host a Master Class on Documentary Filmmaking, Indigenous Filmmaking and a seminar on distribution from leading Australian distributors geared toward helping established and emerging filmmakers get ahead.

On 16th July 2017 from 9am The Laneway Learning Centre will a host a new initiative from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival called Charity Docs where all money generated from ticket sales of that session will be equally donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the RSPCA.

Selected highlights of this year’s fest include the Melbourne premiers of high profile documentaries “One Heart One Spirit’ and a chance to see Jack Thompson speak about Indigenous issues ‘The Cinema Travellers’, ‘God Knows Where I Am’, ‘Five Days on Lesvos’, and ‘Miss Kiets Children’.

Short documentary highlights include ‘For Flint’ direct from Tribecca and ‘Road to Webequie’ from TIFF, The Fixers from Doxa.
With over 40 + Australian documentaries in competition the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is one of Australia’s biggest showcases of local documentary talent.

Confirmed Guests this year include ) Johanna B Kelly (The Gateway Bug),Costa Botes (Candy Man, Forgotten Silver, LOTR), John Pritchard (One Heart, One Spirit) and Jack Thompson (The Man from Snowy River, Breaker Morant).

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