You don’t want to miss it.
Documentaries are powerful things. You can finish one and feel inspired, numb, outraged or horrified. Whether you’re watching it to learn more about nature, science, history or politics, documentaries are a great way to educate yourself about the world. The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is one of the biggest festivals for documentaries in the Southern Hemisphere. And its now running online from July 1 to 31. It’ll also take place in person at Cinema Nova on July 21 to 31.
What can you see?
This is the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival’s sixth iteration, and it features documentaries that were showcased in places like Shanghai Film Festival, South By Southwest, Chicago International Film Festival and more.
Sixty Australian docos are available to watch. Nineteen of them are feature length films, and ten of them are Victorian premieres.
In addition, there are films from overseas, web series, VR content and short films. Throughout the festival, there will be content that was written, directed, produced or narrated by household names such as Anthony Hopkins, Ewan McGregor, David Lynch, Michelle Rodriguez and Sharon Stone.
All films are available to watch online through their website.
During the Festival, there will also be free Masterclasses about documentaries over Zoom. Sign up to a class by registering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The classes are:
- Experimental Documentary with Ashley McArthur
- Introduction to Mobile Phone Filmmaking for Documentary Filmmakers with Cinespace
- Mental Health and Documentary Filmmakers with Doug Block and Rebecca Day
- Documentary Open Mic with Helen Gaynor, Andrew Garton and Heather McIntosh
Meanwhile, on Wednesday July 21, Cinema Nova will kick off the festival in real life. Two Melbourne documentaries will have their world premieres that night.
The first, Finding Creativity, looks at the creative process through the eyes of different people, like glass artists and chefs. By seeing how they approach creativity, we are inspired to be creative ourselves. Meanwhile, the second documentary, The Healing, is a film about traumatised former racehorses and military veterans, and shows them comforting each other through an equine welfare program.
On the last day of the festival, Saturday July 31, all the festival awards will be given out. After that, there will be a screening of Meeting the Beatles in India. This film, narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Paul Saltzman, follows Saltzman’s journey with the Beatles in India roughly 50 years ago.
Find Cinema Nova at 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053.