Scandinavian Film Festival
12 July – 10 August, Palace Cinemas
Looking for some winter viewing? The Scandis put the best of their silver screen forward at the Scandinavian Film Festival, showcasing a myriad of movies from the fjord-lovers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Melbourne International Animation Festival
13-21 July, ACMI
Screening anywhere from 250-400 films per season, the Melbourne International Animation Festival celebrates animation on screen in a range of ‘competitive, student, curated and retrospective programs’ for Australia’s largest event celebrating animation.
Entered by hundreds of avid filmmakers around the globe and now in its 21st year, avid animators can even select to purchase a full access pass for unlimited screenings if they choose.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival
July 15-17, The Engine Room, Bendigo
Off the back of Bendigo PRIDE is the region's rainbow Queer Film Festival, hitting the town this July. Celebrating queer talent from the regions, the festival aims to 'provide cultural and artistic opportunities to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIA+) people living in Central Victoria.' And hey, while you're there, don't forget to spend a day at the town's exclusive Elvis: Direct From Graceland Exhibition, and a singalong at Bendigo Piano Bar.
Irish Film Festival
Between Aug-Oct, (TBA)
While an exact date is yet to be set for Melbourne, the Irish Film Festival will run both in Melbourne and online. The not-for-profit organisation celebrates Irish culture and tradition on film.
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
4-21 August, various venues around Melbourne
Now in its 70th year, MIFF is a not-for-profit festival showcasing international and Australian filmmaking at a range of cinemas around the city. Including premieres from major overseas festivals, prizes, a financing market, a Critics Campus for emerging talent, and the MIFF Shorts program, it has become one of the hottest tickets on the Melbourne cinematic calendar.
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
12-20 August, various venues around Melbourne
Celebrating Indian filmmaking both in cinemas and online, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) allows Indian filmmakers to submit their works for both the Short Film Competition and the Dance Competition, as well as a showcase of some of India’s diverse filmmakers to create four short films on diversity and inclusivity.
Now running for 10 years, it has become the largest Indian Film festival in Australia and is supported by Film Victoria.
Multicultural Film Festival
August, various venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria
Presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission in association with Swinburne University of Technology, the Multicultural Film Festival (MFF) features films made by local filmmakers that touch on diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. Submissions are open to the public, and feature awards, industry Q & As, and a film screening on SBS OnDemand.