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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is an indie festival providing support and encouragement and helping propel filmmakers onto Netflix, SBS, and ABC or getting their own limited theatrical run at the cinema through their talents, hard work and determination!

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is the in-house documentary film festival for Cinema Nova, the largest independent cinema in the Southern Hemisphere.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2024 Dates, Movies, Times

Join the Purple carpet at the Purple Palace or on the jumbo screen in Federation Square! They give filmmakers great opportunities; what you do with these opportunities is up to you!

Each year, there is a stellar lineup of documentaries, and celebrate with a fun party atmosphere at the cinema with popcorn, choc tops and curated cocktails!

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival respects differing viewpoints, personal beliefs, faiths, perspectives and political opinions but is critical of issues. It encourages the audience to draw their own conclusions and be independent and critical thinkers.

The festival has a community feeling and genuinely cares about the filmmakers and their documentaries, with alumni helping with judging and masterclasses.

The overriding message of our festival is one of peace for our interconnected world! They will never ban indie docos or independent journalism from any country in the world, particularly brave and courageous filmmakers trying to expose the truth of what is happening in their respective countries and parts of the world.

Each year, they leverage the power of Documentary to give back to our community and have raised thousands of dollars for organizations like Wildlife Victoria, Sea Shepherd, The Glen McGrath Cancer Foundation, Extinction Rebellion, Lost Dogs of Melbourne, Cool Earth, Horse Aid, 3CR, Victorian Firefighters, Foodbank Victoria, and the Ed Asner Centre!

They donate all their interviews to filmmakers and support not only emerging filmmakers but emerging Australian writers & critics too.

The documentary competition will be at Cinema Nova, one of Australia’s best cinemas. All features, shorts, video essays and documentary web series in competition will be played in DCP on a 4k projector at 24 FPS in Dolby surround sound.

The cinemas they will be utilising for the competition will have a 147 to 240-seat capacity. All Q&A’s will be conducted by a Film Critics Circle of Australia or Australian Film Critics Association member. They even have curated cocktails at the cinema bar and unmissable parties and networking events.

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