Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

The MDFF showcases the most thought-provoking, passionate, eclectic and diverse documentaries from Australia and around the world.

TICKET INFORMATION

OPENING NIGHT, Friday July 19: 6.15pm session and 8.45pm session, CLOSING NIGHT, Sunday July 28: 8.45pm - $25 adult / $20 concession

FESTIVAL PASSES (Not valid for opening or closing night) - 5-film pass (Mini-Pass): $75, 10-film pass (Festival Pass): $150.

MDFF: Docs After Dark Program 1 / Davi's Way

Opening Date: Friday, 19 Jul 2019

DAVI’S WAY Director: Tom Donahue Runtime: 1 hour 26 mins Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film Festival In DAVI’S WAY, legendary ... more

MDFF: Ghost of Peter Sellers, The

Opening Date: Friday, 19 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Telluride, Venice, DOC NYC, Raindance A comedy genius, a hot new director, and a 17th century ... more

MDFF: F*ck You All: The Uwe Boll Story

Opening Date: Friday, 19 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Whistler International Film Festival Featuring a screen introduction with Uwe Boll! Behind the lens with the most ... more

MDFF: Docs After Dark Program 2 / Shadowman

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

SHADOWMAN Director: Oren Jacoby Runtime: 1 hour 23 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere, Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Sydney Underground Film Festival In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton ... more

MDFF: Saving Warru / Homefront

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

DOUBLE FEATURE! SAVING WARRU Director: Daniel Clarke/Amy Pysden Runtime: 1 hour 2 mins Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Featuring 20 min Q&A Warru, or black-footed rock ... more

MDFF: Cielo

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Previous Festivals: Bryon Bay Film Festival, RIDM, Full Frame DOXA, New York Film Festival A cinematic reverie on ... more

MDFF: Taste - WebSeries / Funke

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

FUNKE Director: Gab Taraboulsy Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes Premiere Status: Australian Premiere When prodigious chef Evan Funke inexplicably walked away from his ... more

MDFF: Sharkwater Extinction

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

Filmmaker Rob Stewart travels across oceans to expose the illegal and violent underworld of shark finning. ... more

MDFF: Short Session 1

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

I WANT YOU TO KNOW Director: Gabriel Morrison Runtime: 7 mins 31 seconds Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere When a seven-year-old girl accompanies her mother ... more

MDFF: Skidrow Marathon

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

SKIDROW MARATHON Featuring a Q&A with director! Premiere Status: Australian Premiere. Previous Festivals: Traverse City Film Festival A criminal court judge ... more

Jul 27th, 2019

MDFF: Short Session 2

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

THE HOLIDAY INN-SIDE Director: Charby Ibrahim Runtime: 19 mins 58 seconds Sixteen-year-old ‘Anonymous’ has been in and out of juvenile detention ... more

MDFF: Dark Money

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

Director: Kimberly Reed Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: Sundance, Full Frame, AFI Docs, Oscar Long List DARK MONEY, a political ... more

MDFF: Silent Forests

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Big Sky Film Festival SILENT FORESTS is an intimate, character-driven portrait ... more

MDFF: Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: CPH:DOX Featuring a screen introduction with director, Alex Winter! Hacktivist and blockchain expert Lauri Love fights ... more

MDFF: Pariah Dog

Opening Date: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival A poetic documentary focusing on several eccentric street dog caretakers in Kolkata, ... more

MDFF: Dog's Best Friend

Opening Date: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: New Zealand International Film Festival, Sydney Indie Film Festival Featuring 20 min Q&A with ... more

MDFF: Singled Out

Opening Date: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere SINGLED [OUT] tells the story of five educated women in four corners of the world: Jules in ... more

MDFF: Melbourne Stories Program 1

Opening Date: Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

Featuring Q&A with directors! STRANGE TENANTS: SKA'D FOR LIFE Director: Fiona Cochrane Runtime:55 mins Premiere: World Premiere Strange Tenants were the “Godfathers of Australian Ska”, ... more

MDFF: Last Stop, The

Opening Date: Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

THE LAST STOP Director: Todd Nilssen Premiere Status: Australian Premiere The Elan School was the last stop. Set deep in the ... more

MDFF: Defending a Monster

Opening Date: Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

Directors: Marc Menet and Scott Prestin Premiere Status: Australian Premiere “Sam, could you do me a favour?” Thus, begins a story ... more

DESOLATION CENTRE Director: Stuart Swezey Runtime: 93 minutes Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Slamdance, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Doxa, ... more

MDFF: Waiting: The Van Duren Story

Opening Date: Friday, 26 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Previous Festivals: Gold Coast Film Festival Born out of the ashes of Big Star, arguably the greatest cult ... more

MDFF: Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road

Opening Date: Friday, 26 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere Featuring an extended introduction with the filmmaker! The story of guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel, whose journey takes ... more

MDFF: Docs After Dark Program 4 - Ballad of a Righ

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

BALLAD OF A RIGHTEOUS MERCHANT Director: Herbert Golder Runtime: 1 hour 1 minute Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: American Documentary Film ... more

MDFF: Accidental Climber / Chasing the Jet St

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

DOUBLE FEATURE! Accidental Climber and Chasing the Jet Stream ACCIDENTAL CLIMBER Director: Steven Orbitt Runtime: 1 hour 7 mins Premiere Status: Australian ... more

MDFF: Looby

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere LOOBY is the story of what happens when an artist chooses to speak out. For Australian ... more

MDFF: J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs and the Church of the SubGe

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: SXSW, Dallas International Film Festival The Church of the SubGenius has been called "the most ... more

Jul 27th, 2019

MDFF: Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Doc NYC This documentary explores the rise of Teddy Pendergrass, the first male African American ... more

Jul 21st, 2019

MDFF: Dosed

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian premiere Previous Festivals: San Francisco International Documentary Film Festival Featuring 20 min Q&A After years of prescription medications failed ... more

MDFF: Right to Harm

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Big Sky Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Through the riveting stories of ... more

MDFF: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

ANTHROPOCENE THE HUMAN EPOCH Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky Runtime: 1 hour 27 mins Premiere ... more

MDFF: Art of Incarceration

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: World Premiere Featuring 20 min Q&A with director! Seen through the eyes of the prisoners, THE ART OF INCARCERATION explores ... more

MDFF: Melbourne Stories Program 2

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

Featuring a Q&A with directors! KARTIKA: 9 WAYS OF SEEING Director: Chris Basile Runtime: 55 Minutes Premiere Status: Australian Premiere A portrait of ... more

MDFF: Unravelling Athena

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2019

Premiere Status: Australian Premiere Previous Festivals: Manchester International Film Festival UNRAVELLING ATHENA is a feature documentary that chronicles the journey ... more

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