Film buffs everywhere will be pleased to know that Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is doing outdoor Summer Screenings for the second year running. Setting up at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren, they’ve chosen some awesome films to screen over four consecutive evenings. On top of that, there will also be DJs, live performances and delicious food and drink, to really help you soak in the summer vibes. The MIFF Summer Screenings will run from Thursday February 3 to Sunday February 6.
What’s showing at MIFF Summer Screenings?
When: Thursday February 3
Directed by Tiriki Onus, this film follows his grandfather Bill, a Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri man from Victoria, who may have been the first Aboriginal filmmaker. The documentary uses rare archival footage, state-of-the-art animation, digital motion graphics and eye-witness accounts to weave a compelling tale.
The night kicks off at 6:30pm, with music by DJ Soju Gang, followed by a Q&A session with Tiriki Onus at 7:20pm. The film will then start at 8pm.
When: Friday February 4
Directed by Sian Heder, CODA is a multi-award winner from the Sundance Film Festival. It follows a working-class teen, whose new passion for singing helps her find new ways to connect with her deaf family.
The night will start at 6:30pm with performances from HALO Vocal Ensemble, a collaborative group of Melbourne’s leading singers and musicians. The movie will start at 7:30pm.
MIFF Shorts – 2021 Award Winners
When: Saturday February 5
MIFF hosts one of the most highly regarded short-film competitions in the Asia Pacific Region. Check out last year’s winners from different categories, and be amazed by their creativity and skill.
The night will start at 6:30 with instrumentals from The Here Here’s. Then, at 7:30pm, the best of MIFF Shorts will begin.
When: Sunday February 6
Celebrate Waitangi Day with this indie musical number. Directed by David Stubbs, this feature film is based on Rochelle Bright’s award-winning Kiwi stage musical. This love story is based on a true story of a Waikato couple’s romance in the 60s.
Nick Seuao, aka Niko, will kick off the entertainment at 6:30pm. Niko is a New Zealand-born Samoan singer, who has been a staple of Melbourne live scene for many years.
After that, the movie will start at 7:30pm.
Tickets on each night cost $7 per person, and includes a complimentary ice-cream or popcorn treat. You can also pre-book some delicious dinner options when booking a ticket, or purchase additional food and drink on the night.
For more information about the MIFF Summer Screenings, click here.