Film festival takes a growing part in film industry nationally and internationally, interlocking with many areas both culturally and industrially (Archibald, David, & Miller, 2011). Film festival has their own economies, social economic drivers, professional and political dynamics. MIFF is considered a famous film festival in Melbourne, showcases various movies to their members and the public.
As my first film festival experience, MIFF surprised me in many ways. Firstly, he early publicity campaign is in place, so that people could notice about this festival through various channels like billboards on the streets. Secondly, the ticket form is so nice, no matter you a member or not. I’m not a member so that I personally purchased a mini-pass which includes 13 movies, and I bought some extra ones that I really want to go to. In addition, I had trouble to go to the GIRL on Sunday so that I easily changed to another movie using the app with only 1$ fee. It’s just so thoughtful and convenient for customers to reschedule. MIFF scheduled as many as great movies after 6pm or on weekends, which is very adaptable for those who have to work on the day time. Also, the price for early movies on weekday is rather cheap than others. Furthermore, as a student, I can get a concession price for all the movies, even when the price of a single movie is already cheaper than a regular cinema movie.
My impression after all the films is fabulous as well, I chose many Asian movies and European movies because there will be English subtitles helping me to understand, it’s easier for non-native-English-speaker like me to understand. Although the Chinese animation BIG FISH & BEGONIA is unexpectedly dubbed in English. This gave me a new experience because I only watched foreign movies with Chinese dubbing before. Personally, I don’t really like dubbed version. I think there are many hidden information in original languages and the way actors speaks, so that it makes me think that whether they feel the same. Though I admit subtitles distract audiences’ attention in some extent, especially when the conversation goes fast, I might try too hard to follow the phrases instead of focus on the images. After all, I like this film festival so much, the choose of movies are so great, there are cultural diversity in it, and lots of LGBT related content in it, which opens my view and mind of the world a lot. This experience encourages me to participate more film festival in the future.
Besides the film itself, MIFF invited some filmmaker as guest to present an introduction before certain films. It made a great chance to meet the filmmaker face to face. Also, there are many comments of films written by MIFF employees, giving their side of view.
Archibald, David, and Mitchell Miller. “The Film Festivals Dossier: Introduction.” Screen, vol. 52, no. 2, 2011, pp. 249-252.