On Wednesday, August 9, my classmates and I went to visit the Melbourne International Film Festival. This is my first time to attend an international film festival. The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has a long history in Australia. As one of the oldest film festivals in the world, it is Australia’s iconic film festival, and MIFF has a major influence in the southern hemisphere. In my previous impressions, the International Film Festival should be like the opening or closing ceremonies of the Oscar and Cannes Film Festivals, red carpets, celebrities, entertainment journalists, photographers, etc. However, this time I participated in the Melbourne International Film Festival, let me know that the film festival is more about cultural exchange than celebrity gossip.
This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival had been held from August 2nd to August 19th. Every year, the Melbourne Film Festival screens a wide range of films from a wide range of subjects and recognizes filmmakers who have made artistic contributions to the film industry around the world. The festival lasts for two weeks and will feature about 300 rich and varied films to showcase the latest trends in the Australian and international film industry. In this Melbourne International Film Festival, there are many interesting and excellent films. Some of the more representative types include documentaries, Australian local films, Cannes-winning films, Asian film refugee-themed movies, VR short films and more. These films come from all over the world and are novel and controversial.
In this time, the movie I went to watch in the Melbourne Film Festival was Undermined: Tales from The Kimberley. This is a documentary about the contradiction of economic development and environmental protection of Kimberley in the northwest corner of Australia. In this documentary, the director investigates the real development costs of the world-famous Kimberley, where the development of large-scale mining and pastoral areas not only threatens the original environment, but also threatens the sacred connection between more than 200 indigenous communities and their people and the state. After the end of the movie, there is a part named MIFF Talks. The director, producer and the actor come to the stage to accept the audience’s questions and answers to tell their movie experience in this part. I think this is a really interesting part, because through the interaction and discussion on the spot, the audience can get a deeper understanding of the story behind the movie.
This time I joined MIFF and gave me a new understanding of the film festival. The red carpet and awards evening is just a part of the film festival. I think the most important significance of the film festival is that it provides a platform for communication. This platform is open, hoping to showcase the style of film production in different regions, research industry topics, etc., in order to promote the industry to make a summary and progress in a positive direction. At this Melbourne International Film Festival, I can see Australian local movies, Chinese movies, which is probably the result of cultural exchanges in the context of globalization.