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MAY 2017

MIM is going on hiatus.


As much as Sarah Jayne and I love running this festival, and are very proud of the heights it has achieved, Sarah and I both need a break after eight years of running MIM and we both have a different focus in 2017. We're currently working on two features, one in post - Friends, Foes & Fireworks - and one in production - Choir Girl - and we are in development on a third as yet untitled film but with a concept we are very excited about.


And from August until almost the end of the year we will be travelling and shooting in Europe and America, leaving no time for the festival. It has been a tough decision to make. We thought about passing the torch to someone else to run this year but managing the festival is a lot of work - every year it becomes a full-time commitment in the latter half of year and the workload increases the bigger the festival gets and the bigger the budget gets leading to bigger costs in turn, reaching a peak last year with significant funding from the City of Melbourne and over 1000 people at the event. But as MIM is a not-for-profit organisation, it is truly a job done out of love - there is no wage to deal with all the work, the pressure, the deadlines, the stress and countless emails.


But we're not complaining. We just need a break.


We've screened a Best of MIM in Berlin, in the USA, around country Victoria, screened at White Night Melbourne, had moonlight screenings in Docklands, QV Melbourne, played at some of the coolest cinema bars in the CBD as well as some of the most magical venues like the Astor Theater, BMW Edge, ACMI, Capitol Theatre and more. We've met so many fantastic local filmmakers through MIM, seen careers blossom from that quirky little short to Australia-wide cinema releases, had so much support from sponsors who truly care about supporting local film, so much help from dedicated volunteers, so many highlights along the way, thousands of photos, how many controversies?, ups and downs, but lots and lots of fun.


It's been a roller coaster. And we're stepping off for 2017 but we don't believe the ride will stop. MIM will return in the future. It just won't be this year.


- Festival Director Ivan Malekin








2016 WRAP



And so MIM 2016 comes to a close. Six nights, five different venues, thirteen separate sessions, with 70+ films screened and over 1000 people in attendance. We're truly grateful for all the support and feeling so proud of Melbourne and the abundance of talent brimming in our beautiful city.


Thank you to everyone who attended. All our fantastic hosts, our volunteers, our judges, and the MIM team who work so tirelessly behind the scenes to make it possible. Thank you to all the venues and all our partners and sponsors.


And, of course, all the filmmakers - you are the centerpiece of this festival and every year we meet so many new faces and make new friends and that is what we love most ... well, right up there with all the familiar faces we see year in and year out.


Congratulations to all our winners too:


Best Feature Film
Crime and Punishment by Andrew O'Keefe


Show Film Showcase

- Best Film
Curve by Tim Egan
- Best Director
Eugenie Muggleton (Small Hands)
- Best Actor
Tegan Crowley (Small Hands)
- Audience Favourite
Spill by Aaron Lester Ellis



- Best Music Video
Here by Wren directed by Clare Conway

- Best Web Series
No Pink Cowboys by Jonathon Gittus & Fabiana Weiner


Saturday Matinee

- Audience Favourite
The Falling by Dana Marie Newell & Aaron Harvey


High School Showcase

- Best High School Film
John Puli by Isabell Le from Suzanne Cory High School


Closing Night Shorts

- Audience Favourite
Apprentice of the Year by Justin Evans

- Bonus Best Film
Ada by Kalu Oji






After a record-breaking number of entries, the 2016 program has been finalised and is NOW AVAILABLE!

Spread over six nights, two days, five venues and thirteen separate sessions, it is by far our biggest line-up ever. Thank you to all the filmmakers who entered, congratulations to all the finalists, and condolences to those who missed out. Such a fantastic number of entries meant finalising the program this year was incredibly difficult, but we are very proud of the final result and we know there is something for everyone - a standout showcase for local film.

See here to view the program and purchase tickets - see you at the cinema!




For the first time we're opening MIM with a feature film on Tuesday December 6th at ACMI. And it's none other than The Legend of Ben Hall by Matthew Holmes, the much hyped and anticipated historical action drama about one of Australia's most notorious bushrangers. Matthew along with key cast and crew will be present at the screening for a Q&A so mark it down in your diaries - this is a cinema event not to be missed.


After two years running from the law, bushranger Ben Hall has gone into hiding.  He is soon drawn back into bush-ranging by the reappearance of his old friend, John Gilbert. Reforming the gang and taking on a new recruit John Dunn, the trio begin a spree of robberies and crimes across New South Wales. After the killing of two policemen, the three become the most wanted men in colony.


When the Government moves to declare them outlaws that can be shot on sight, Ben Hall makes desperate plans to flee the colony. But with a such a large bounty on their heads, treachery abounds where the gang least expect it.


Tickets go on sale for Opening Night on Wednesday November 2nd via the ACMI website. This is going to sell quickly - don't miss out.  And check out the fantastic TLOBH trailer below:











Last year MIM took to Swanpool as part of a trial regional tour and the indie Melbourne festival found a comfy place to belong at Benella's Swanpool Community Cinema.
The 1950's cinema is run by a friendly and welcoming bunch of local volunteers and MIM are happy to announce that the festival has been invited back in 2016.
On the 29th of October from 7pm a 'Best Of MIM' Show will take place at the retro cinema and screen a special selection of films from MIM's seven year archive, hand picked by festival founder and director Ivan Malekin.
On the night, MIM's Co-Ordinator Sarah Jayne will also be joining Ivan with her awareness project and film Daughter, which discusses gendered violence. The film is under Sarah Jayne and Ivan's production company Nexus Production Group and Sarah Jayne will also be available for a Q&A on the night to discuss her film.







Submissions for MIM 2016 are now closed for all categories and we are pleased to announce that this has been our record year for submissions - 198 films!
That is a lot of films, Melbourne and a lot of talent. The MIM team thank you for taking your time and investing your money into our 2016 festival. The team have been busy watching every entrant and making a choice of which films to screen seems to get more difficult each year as the talent keeps growing.
Announcements of line ups will start early November, with Feature Films being announced ahead of the rest of the categories. Stay tuned for the line up here on the website and on MIM's social media pages.







MIM's First Nations Script to Screen Initiative for 2016 is now wrapped and the team managed to complete production of HALF in less days than originally allocated. The MIM team are happy with the footage captured and the effort put in by everyone who worked on this very special project.
MIM can't thank everyone enough for coming on board and making HALF a reality, not just for the festival but for Stephanie Skinner, the writer of HALF.
HALF is now in post production so the film is well on track to be completed to the deadline and in time for MIM by Moonlight, the Friday December 9th event held at QV Melbourne - a variety night of short films plus the premiere of HALF. Very exciting and busy times at MIM HQ at the moment.





Crowd funding for our Indigenous Script To Screen Initiative through Pozible is now on.


This is the first time in MIM's eight year history of supporting Melbourne film and filmmakers that the festival has put their hand out and asked for public support. But it is for a much needed cause - MIM and threecatsinlimbo Productions are producing the first ever First Nations short film from script to production to post and premiere. 


The film, written by proud Wadawurrung woman and mother Stephanie Skinner, is called Half, a beautiful and powerful story about identity and belonging.


This is your chance to get involved and be a part of history. For further details go to the campaign here and check out the video below:










Introducing the final venue for MIM 2016 and a big welcome back to a favourite - The Backlot Studios.


Stylish, comfortable, high tech, The Backlot is a private cinema and function space catering exclusively to quality film screenings and events. Set inside a converted warehouse complete with cafe/bar and boasting the latest digital technology and cinema surround sound, The Backlot will play host to our closing weekend (Dec 10th and 11th), home to popular sessions like the Saturday Night Feature, High School Showcase, Movie Matinee, and Closing Night Shorts.






MIM's third venue for 2016 is QV Melbourne at their outdoor summer cinema run by Gus Berger from Gusto Films.
For a few years now MIM have wanted to be screening a festival night under the stars, and after a special sold out QV screening earlier this year, we're exciting to be coming back to the centre of the Melbourne. A balmy night of short films, performance, ice creams, drinks, and variety!
Titled MIM by Moonlight, the Friday December 9th event will be a variety night of short film plus the premiere of HALF Stephanie Skinner's film MIM are producing as part of our First Nations Script to Screen Initiative.
Stay tuned for more info down the line - plenty more in store for MIM by Moonlight.






MIM is proud to announce that the second venue for MIM 2016, following our opening night at ACMI, will be the luxurious and comfy Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra.


Come early to enjoy premium beers and wines, antipasti and cheese platters, or barista made Lavazza coffee at the stylish bar before relaxing in big and cushy chairs to watch some of Melbourne's finest films in South Yarra's best kept secret. What a well suited venue to our classy local festival. MIM look forward to bringing films to South Yarra!






A unique institution at the heart of Melbourne's iconic meeting place, Federation Square, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) celebrates, explores and promotes the moving image in all its forms - film, television and digital culture.
MIM is excited to be opening at ACMI for the first time!







Once again MIM have partnered with Channel 31 Melbourne to bring back the popular "Best of Made In Melbourne" television show. The 2016 show will be bigger and better as is not only about short film - MIM have searched through their seven years of archives to also bring feature films to the TV screen this year.


It is all happening in October -


Feature films will screen Friday nights (Saturday morning) starting at Midnight on October 7th, running for six weeks.


Short films will screen via "Best of Made in Melbourne" show 8pm Friday October 7th, for 8 weeks.


MIMl is all about showcasing local talent and we are proud to once again be partnering up with Channel 31 to bring our festival picks from over the years to you, in the comfort of your home.


All times and film announcements will be confirmed soon, so watch this NEWS page for updates as well as our social media. 







MIM is pleased to announce that the winning script our festival will be producing along with threcatsinlimbo Productions, as part of our First Nations Script To Screen initiative is HALF by Wadawurrung Nation Woman and Mother, Stephanie Skinner.


Half is based on Stephanie's cultural experiences and history which are projected through the telling of Half, a story that is very personal to Stephanie and her family.


Read more on our Script to Screen page here on the website and follow the initiatives separate page on Facebook to stay in the loop.






JUNE 2016


MIM encourages more submissions from female film makers and stories told by women in 2016. To help this along submissions for all categories with proof of a current WIFT     (Women In Film & TV Victoria) Membership will receive a discount of $5 per entry .


Emails have been sent out to all WIFT members with a special code. For details of how to redeem code and enter your film click here.


MIM look forward to receiving a larger number of female driven films from Melbourne women in 2016 compared to previous years. 








MAY 2016


Submissions for scripts, treatments and ideas from writers and directors from the Kulin Nation are still open and the deadline has now been extended from June 15th to June 30th. 


To find out more information about our Indigenous Script to Screen Initiative and to enter click here.





MIM on 3CR

MAY 2016


For those listeners of 3CR's Showreel, around 11am, May 12 you would have heard MIM team members Cory Corbett and Hana Vraniqi making an appearance talking all things Script to Screen with Annie! If not, it did happen.

Submissions for scripts and ideas from writers or directors from the Kulin Nation are still open! Find more information about our Indigenous Script to Screen Initiative


 If you missed the chat you can listen to it here - SHOWREEL INTERVIEW





MIM Returns!

APRIL 2016


Quite simply, we're back. Eight years now, six nights, new team, new initiatives, supported by the City of Melbourne once again, Opening Night already locked in at ACMI.  The only festival exclusively for Melbourne ... yes, we're back and bigger than ever!


Thank you to the whole team for getting us this far and getting ready to go on another jouney with the festival.  And thank you Alexia Brehas for the poster designer and Camille van Wessem for the trailer below. 











We are excited to bring you Melbourne Independent Film Focus - Special Event at QV, Thursday 25th of February from 8.45pm - 10.05pm.

Tickets are $13 for a standard seat or see the link below for more options which include food packages for a true Melbourne film experience.

We look forward to sharing this special event with our fantastic city, full of creatives, culture and diversity. See you there, Melbourne.  More details here.








And that's it for another year! Thank you to everyone who attended the festival - the familiar faces we see every year and all the new faces and friends we meet each year - you make the hard work and long, long hours prepping MIM worth it.


Thank you to the judges Sue Maslin, Richard Sowada, Paul O'brien, Jannine Barnes, Tom Vogel, Peter Krausz and all the volunteers who are with us through the crazy nights and long weekend of back to back to back sessions - Cory Corbett, Heath Novkovic, Derek Newsome, Patrick Siscar, Vanessa Portelli, Cathy V Day, Raphael Chan, Nic Mason, Camille Van Wessem, Darren L. Downs, Lyndon Stone - you keep things running smoothly and the festival couldn't work without your help.


Thank you to all our hosts Andy Rhodes, Jackson Tozer, Ariel Simone, Hana Vraniqi, Adam Bosworth, Cory Corbett, Claudia Cimino and Dinushi Dias. And, of course, thank you to my right hand woman Sarah Jayne who sits by my side every year emailing and promoting and marketing and programming and organizing and loading our little Toyota Echo so full of popcorn boxes that we can't see out the back window as we drive to the venue.


Thank you to all the sponsors and thank you to all the filmmakers. Without you, there is no festival. So big congratulations to everyone who screened at MIM 2015 - your work is amazing and we were proud to showcase it.


And, finally, a slightly bigger congratulations to all the winners:


Opening Night Best Film - Rhododendron by Lewis Attey
Opening Night Best Director - Pedal by Gareth Calverley
Opening Night Best Actor - Annette Crockford from Some Kind of Beautiful
Opening Night Audience Favourite - Pedal by Gareth Calverley
Saturday Matinee Audience Favourite - A Long Walk Home by Rob Stanfield
Music Showcase Best Music Video - The Wolf by Asian Envy
Music Showcase Audience Favourite - How Deep Can I Go? by Hairy Soul Man
Best High School Film - Women in the Media by Kayleigh Carmichael
Best Feature Film - Pretty Good Friends by Sophie Townsend
Closing Night Bonus Best Film - Go Fish by Kristin Skye Sargent
Closing Night Audience Favourite - Obsolete by Jay Perry


MIM 2015. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!