Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019

The MDFF show cases, award winning, world class feature & short documentaries, that are thought provoking, passionate, eclectic and diverse both from Australia and around the world.

FINALLY it is time to lift the embargo and launch the festival!

Congratulations to the Official Selection 2019

From the nail-biting attempt to become the world's fastest skydiver over the skies of Melbourne and Sydney, to the untold story of the man who inspired Banksy, to Nicholas Cage's long term stunt double, to Francis Ford Coppla's attempt to create a new film genre, to the lost film of a comedy genius, to Leonardo Di Caprio's favourite comedy documentary, Melbourne Documentary has it all and delivers an impressive 4th edition.

From 19th - 30th July 2019 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will profile an eclectic, diverse and wide ranging collection of documentaries from both Australia and abroad. The final selection is an uncompromising, award-winning and challenging slate of documentaries from the world's very best film festivals. The festival competition will see country vs country, film school vs film school, film festival vs film festival, legendary documentary filmmakers vs emerging talent in an epic 11 day competition.

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's 4th edition will be one of the world's most progressive and modern takes on documentary including Documentary Web Series and Video Essay.

Docs featured in this year's fest direct from:
44 of the world's best film festivals will have coverage at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival including: Sheffield Doc Fest, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Doc Edge, Doc LA, Raindance, Full Frame, Doc NYC, Hot Docs, Doxa, New York Film Festival, Tribecca Film Festival, Big Sky, American Documentary Film Festival, Whistler International Film Festival, Venice, Telluride, New Zealand International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Manchester International Film Festival, RIDM, CPH:DOX, Revelations Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Slamdance, Fantastic Fest, Found Footage Film Festival, Gold Coast Film Festival, Screenwave, Bryon Bay Film Festival, IDFA, Cambridge International Film Festival, BAFTA, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Bryon Bay Film Festival, Antenna Film Festival, The Academy long list, Tropfest, St Kilda Film Festival, Vision Du Reel and SXSW

Celebrities who have directed, narrated, starred in, produced or distributed docs in this year's fest include:
Peter Medak, Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola, Barbara Kopple, Alex Winter, Susan Sarandon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosario Dawson, Mark Borchardt, Uwe Boll, Robert Davi, Richard Linklater, Claudio von Planta, Nicolas Cage, Tommy Emmanuel, Van Duren, the Sonics, Agnostic Front, KISS, the Velvet Underground, Ronnie Wood, Chip Monck, Alicia Vikander, Jeremy Dylan, Steve Vai, Eric Idle, Joe Satriani, Olivia Newton John and Cate Blanchett.


Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has the Melbourne premieres of blockbuster documentaries ‘Sharkwater Extinction' & ‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch' and will also see the Australian premieres of critically acclaimed, award-winning documentaries '17 Blocks'
‘The Ghost of Peter Sellers', ‘Dark Money', ‘Pariah Dog', ‘Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain', & ‘Cielo'.

Australian Documentaries
Nearly half of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's total schedule will be from Australian Filmmakers. Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will have the World Premieres of 5 great new Australian documentaries - ‘Art of Incarceration', ‘The Campaign', ‘Woodstock at 50', ‘Strange Tenants: Ska'd for Life', ‘Tommy Emmanuel The Endless Road' and ‘Looby' The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and commemorate the 10th anniversary of Black Saturday with a documentary called ‘Forged from Fire' and will raise money for the Victorian Volunteer Firefighters as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's Charity Docs.

Female Directors
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival has a strong, authentic and genuine commitment to women in film and will see Barbara Kopple lead a pack of the world's most talented female directors that include local Melbourne filmmakers Hannah Cairns, Fiona Cochrane, Helen Gaynor and internationals Tess Girard, Alison McAlpine, Sandy Boone, Mariah Wilson, Cat Mills, Olivia Lichtenstein, & Kimberly Reed.

New Voices
Sponsored in part by the National Film Board of Canada, this section of the festival will feature new emerging international talent including Tess Girard from Canada for As the Crow Flies and the Tribecca Award Winning Documentary 17 Blocks by Davy Rothbart.

Legendary Documentary Directors
Peter Medak, Werner Herzog, Francis Ford Coppola, Barbara Kopple, Alex Winter, Richard Linklater, and Claudio von Planta all have documentaries they are involved in being shown at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival this year.

Master Classes
Melbourne Documentary will host 3 Master Classes this year at the Backlot Cinema on 22nd July 2019 & 29th July 2019 they will be on:
1: Making a Personal Documentary
2: Making Aboriginal and LGBTIQ Documentaries
3: Making the Great Australian Music Documentary

Short Documentaries / Doc Challenge
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival's new initiative ‘Doc Challenge'will see the best film schools in Australia - AFTRS, Monash, SAE and VCA go head-to-head. In addition to this, shorts from the very best film festivals - Big Sky Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, IDFA, and DOC NYC will compete for top International Documentary in Melbourne. The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will also have specialised short sessions on Aboriginal, LGBTIQ, and Music.

Music Documentaries
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival will profile a diverse range of styles of music from ska to soul to hard rock and will see documentaries about artists and bands like KISS, Ronnie Wood, the Velvet Underground, Teddy Pendergrass, the Sonics, Agnostic Front, Van Duren, Tommy Emmanuel, and Woodstock.

Stats on the Fest
Dates 19th - 30th July 2019
Venues: Cinema Nova and Backlot Studios
112 documentaries selected
50 features
62 shorts, web series, video essay
World Premieres = 6
Australian Premieres = 59
Melbourne Premiere = 42

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Best Documentary Film Festival of 2018 - Film Daily, Best Documentary Film Festival the Southern Hemisphere 2018 - Guide Doc. Top 100 Film Festival in the World 2017, 2018, 2019 - FilmFreeway.

When & Where

Date/s: Friday 19th July 2019 - Tuesday 30th July 2019

Times: 11am - 11pm




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