Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival returns to Cinema Nova. The full 2024 program: 

You’ll never forget meeting Isla. Formidable grandmother Isla Roberts is adamant. She insists that although she’s not a lesbian, her girlfriend ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 1

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

BANNED BOOK CLUB
A group of high school students fight to return banned books to classroom shelves in central Texas.


THE FARM ... more

MDFF The Great White Whale

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Deep in the wild Southern Ocean, halfway between Australia and Africa, a snowy volcano nine thousand feet high rears up from the sea like a Great White Whale. Five times it tried to kill the first team that tried to climb it. But back they sailed, through ... more

MDFF Palestine Under Siege

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Shot in Palestine on West Bank and in Jerusalem in June and July, this recently completed documentary features Australians, Dr ... more

MDFF Project Q: War, Peace and Quantum Mechanics

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

As university labs, big tech and major powers race for supremacy in new quantum technologies, Project Q travels in space ... more

MDFF Cyborg: A Documentary

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

Colour-blind artist Neil Harbisson is the world’s first formally recognized cyborg. He has an antenna implanted in his head that ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 2

Opening Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

MAGNIFICENT BEINGS (Dir: Rob Tiffin, 8m) On an afternoon walk, Rob wanders into a secret world.


TASTE OF INDIGENOUS (Dir: Josephine ... more

MDFF The Language of Light Season 2

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Ponch Hawkes - Feminist photographer

Ponch’s work has explored themes to do with women, sport (including circus), female bodies, relationships and ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 3

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

WE ARE FLYING STARS (Dir: Todd Antony, 8m)

The civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) not only killed more than 50,000 ... more

MDFF To Thank the Room

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Maggie Fooke set up the 10 room Brooklyn Arts Hotel in downtown Fitzroy as a guest accommodation for 'artists and lovers of the arts of all kinds - including conversation, activism and philosophy' to stay, when visiting Melbourne. It was rather a well-ke ... more

MDFF Reading Landscape with David Holmgren

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Walk with David Holmgren (co-originator of the permaculture movement) across Djaara Country, as he shares his insights and discusses his ... more

MDFF Maya and the Wave + Great Ocean Love

Opening Date: Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Filmmaker Stephanie Johnes’ thrilling documentary follows world-champion Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira, who battles against monster waves as well as chauvinism ... more

Hundreds of years before European colonies were established on the Australian continent, First Nations were part of a trading network that extended to China’s Qing Dynasty. ... more

MDFF His Name is Ray + Fight for Safety + My Name

Opening Date: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

HIS NAME IS RAY puts a face on the growing homelessness and opioid crises. After special presentations at TIFF and ... more

MDFF Why Humans Dive

Opening Date: Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

A captivating underwater exploration unfolds through the perspective of scuba divers, immersing viewers in the irresistible call that draws adventurers ... more

MDFF ATypical + King Carl the Cool

Opening Date: Thursday, 25 Jul 2024

ATYPICAL LEARNING (Dir: Masina Taule'alo, 1hr2m) There are students at university that are Neurodivergent, have trouble understanding specific social structures and experience things that others find unique. A film director Masina Taule’alo, on the Autis ... more

A feature-length documentary about a band that emerged from the cultural explosion that changed Brisbane forever, and who continue to ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 4

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

AS THE LEASH COMES LOOSE (Dir: Jackson Hayat, 19m)

Veterinary euthanasia specialist Emma Whiston endeavours to alleviate the suffering of others, ... more

MDFF The Language of Light Season 1

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

Jacqueline Mitelman- portrait photographer

Born in Scotland and migrating to Australia as a child, Jacqueline has lived and worked in Melbourne ... more

MDFF Planet Wind: The Global Story of Offshore Win

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

Join Andy Evans, Australian renewable energy pioneer, as he follows the story of Offshore Wind across the globe, exploring our ... more

Jul 26th, 2024

MDFF In the Shadow of Beirut

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

A portrait of modern-day Lebanon as seen through the eyes of four families living in the impoverished Sabra and Shatila ... more

MDFF All Static and Noise

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

Jewher, a Uyghur teen from China, lands in the US after she is violently separated from her father at the Beijing airport. Abduweli, a linguist and poet imprisoned and tortured for teaching Uyghur language, leaves for Istanbul upon his release. Together, ... more

MDFF Diving into the Darkness

Opening Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2024

ENCORE SCREENING: Tuesday July 30, 6.30pm.

An awe-inspiring odyssey about cave diving icon Jill Heinerth, and her journey of exploration, resilience ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 5

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2024

OLD LESBIANS (30m)

For the last quarter century, Houston native Arden Eversmeyer journeyed across the country to record hundreds of oral ... more

MDFF Claptrap + Shorts Session 6

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2024

CLAPTRAP (Dir: Darcy Newton, 1hr31m) There's a lot that goes unseen and unspoken when you're on the road. Australian rockers Kingswood are embarking on the most ambitious tour the nation has seen yet, playing anywhere from quaint local pubs to the nation ... more

MDFF Shorts Session 7

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2024

KATZ TAPES (Dir: Adam Fischer, 25m)

From 1980-2005, Larry Katz, a reporter for the Boston Herald, interviewed music's biggest stars and ... more

MDFF Common Ground + Understorey

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2024

COMMON GROUND by Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell.

The solution of Regenerative farmers to bring soil health across the continent ... more

MDFF The Promise

Opening Date: Sunday, 28 Jul 2024

Prepare to be captivated by THE PROMISE, a cinematic force that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. Adapted from the pages ... more

MDFF The Posh & the Riff Raff

Opening Date: Sunday, 4 Aug 2024

St Kilda was once home to the richest, most influential people in Australia, before greed and arrogance turned it into ... more

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