The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Hits Town

The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival highlights a deep selection of documentaries direct from various prestigious film festivals around the world.

The festival will open on 9 July 2017 at Howler Art Space in Brunswick with an Opening Day Binge Watch of documentaries starting from 11am.

The day will open with the film The Satellite, a documentary short about the true story of Australia’s first spacecraft.

The festival will run over 8 days at four different venues that along with Howler include Long Play in North Fitzroy, Cinema Nova in Carlton and The Laneway Learning Centre in Melbourne’s CBD.

There’ll be over 80 documentaries screening in competition, with specially curated sections that include Australian, Short Documentary, Music, Foodie, Art, Street Art, Environmental, LGBTI, Aboriginal, Investigative Journalism Documentaries, Pop Culture and World Cinema.

Some feature-length documentaries to look out for this year include One Heart One Spirit, The Cinema Travellers, God Knows Where I Am, Five Days on Lesvos and Miss Kiets Children.

Short documentary highlights include For Flint direct from Tribecca, Road to Webequie from TIFF, and The Fixers from Doxa.

The festival will also have special guest appearances from Johanna B Kelly (The Gateway Bug), Costa Botes (Candy Man, Forgotten Silver, LOTR), John Pritchard (One Heart, One Spirit) and Jack Thompson (The Man from Snowy River, Breaker Morant).

Alongside the films on show will be some special events that include a Master Class on Documentary Filmmaking, Indigenous Filmmaking and a seminar on distribution from leading Australian distributors geared toward helping established and emerging filmmakers get ahead, taking place on Saturday 15 July 2017 from 9am at The Laneway Learning Centre.

Then on 16 July 2017 from 9am The Laneway Learning Centre will host a new initiative from the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival called Charity Docs, where all money generated from ticket sales of that session will be equally donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and the RSPCA.

The festival will feature over 40 Australian documentaries in competition, showcasing a range of local talent.

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