Published on July 16th, 2023 | by Tim Chuma

Melbourne International Film Festival 2023

The Melbourne International Film Festival returns for its’ 71st year now with a physical program for the first time in three years. Not that it has a calendar so you can see when things are on or details of the films with things such as the distributor or even when the movie is screening but no matter.

Special program stands for this year include the Dario Argento retrospective, 10 years of the critics’ campus program, Music on Film, the return of the MIFF school screenings and the MIFF Premiere Fund which co-finances a selection of films each year.

Although I am going to pass on it this year, the Night Shift program of late night exploitation movie screenings on Friday and Saturday nights returns and also some late evening screenings of the Dario Argento movies.

The MIFF XR virtual reality screenings have expanded this year with one of them already being on standby.

There is a food and film program that pairs a movie with a meal at a specific restaurant if you into that sort of thing as well.

For audiences in the regions screenings in theatres outside Melbourne return along with the MIFF Play website (ticketed separately) unlike Sydney who got rid of theirs.


What looked interesting in the program:

Abebe – Butterfly Song

How to Have Sex

Disco Boy


Rebel with a Cause

Ukraine Guernica – Artist War

The Carnival


Bad Behaviour

Shut Eye


Little by Little

Terrestrial Verses


Medusa Deluxe


I Used to be Funny


How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Riddle of Fire


Golden Eighties

Lord Shango

Millenium Mambo

Return to Reason

You Can Call Me Bill

On the Adamant


Pictures of Ghosts

Time Bomb Y2K

Art Talent Show

Room 999

Beyond Utopia

Louder Than You Think

Squaring the Circle (The Story of Hipgnosis)

Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story

Late Night with the Devil


The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Deep Red




Deep Sea

Little Nicholas: Happy as Can Be

Hello Dankness


Robot Dreams


This is Going to be Big

WTF Shorts

Animation Shorts

Documentary Shorts



Share pass (12 sessions) screenings I will book:

Time Bomb Y2K

WTF Shorts

How to Blow Up a Pipeline

Little Richard: I Am Everything

Ukraine Guernica – Artist War

Abebe – Butterfly Song

Animation Shorts

Documentary Shorts

You Can Call Me Bill


This Is Going to Be Big

Robot Dreams


Selling Fast as of 15th July 2023:

Opening Night Gala – Shayda

Fresh Kill

Deep Sea

Music on Film Gala

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism


On Standby as of 15th July 2023:

The Rooster




The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes

I Took a Lethal Dose of Herbs


MIFF website for screening times and booking:

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