The Melbourne International Film Festival is Australia’s first international film festival and one of the most influential international film festivals in the Southern Hemisphere. The main purpose of the festival is to understand the film situation in countries around the world, to promote the close cooperation between Australian filmmakers and foreign filmmakers, and to contribute to the development of the country’s film industry. Every year, the MIFF screens a wide range of films to celebrate the brilliant achievements of the film and to recognize filmmakers who have made artistic contributions to various fields in the film industry. The festival features approximately 357 films in 18 days, as well as presenting the latest trends in the Australian and international film industry, presenting a wide range of films, including feature films, short films, documentaries, cartoons, experimental films and multimedia films.
Movies from around the world, these films are often fresh and controversial. The purpose of the festival is to promote the art of film and to improve the artistic level of the film. It is also to reward valuable and creative films, promote exchanges and cooperation between filmmakers, and provide convenient development for the development of film trade. Usually, various awards are set up to reward those who have achieved. In fact, the Melbourne Film Festival is my first time to participate in the film festival. At first, I thought that the most interesting part of the festival was the red carpet, but when I really participated in the festival, I changed my mind. Different types of films are shown at film festivals, such as Australian films, feminist films, experimental films, musicals, crime films, cartoons, short films, children’s films, epic films, and documentaries. This is a collision of cultures in different regions, a place for filmmakers to communicate, and an opportunity to show the film culture to the public.
During the MIFF, I watched the documentary UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY. It is the real investigation of the world-famous Kimberley development by director Nicholas Wrathall. There, large-scale mining and livestock development projects not only threaten the original environment, but also threaten the sacred connection of more than 200 indigenous communities and their people to the country. With the support of the MIFF Premiere Fund, the film by Wrathall, although apparently Australian, tells a true story about the problems faced by Aboriginal people in their hometown struggles with development. The conflict between real environmental problems and economic development is inevitable, so this documentary is thought-provoking.
The documentary is a form of TV art that uses real life as its creative material, a real person as a performance object, and an artistic processing of it. It can reveal the true nature and trigger people to think. Through this documentary, I learned about the lifestyles of Aboriginal people and their culture, and I realized the predicament they faced. This is the harvest that the film festival brought me, and I have learned about different cultures and ideas in Australia.
Zyrd, M. 2002, “DOCUMENTING THE DOCUMENTARY: CLOSE READINGS OF DOCUMENTARY FILM AND VIDEO/INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY”, Canadian Journal of Film Studies (ARCHIVE), vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 109-114.
Stevens, K. 2016, “Enthusiastic amateurs: Australia”s film societies and the birth of audience-driven film festivals in post-war Melbourne”, New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 22-39.