If there is one thing you need to know about Melburnians, it's that The Castle is a point of pride for us, but Australia's film industry is so much more than just the classic lines from this film.
One of the biggest film festivals Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a large part of the winter arts program. MIFF has been running since the 50s, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals along with Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. Celebrating Indigenous films and stories from across the globe is BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, aiming to “honor the history and acknowledge the contemporary currency of the moving image, of film, as an expression of the human experience.”
In the suburbs, smaller festivals such as the Setting Sun and Sunshine Short Film Fest run yearly, for amature and experienced filmmakers showcasing short films to local communities. Melbourne is also host to specialised film festivals such as tilde a community-based, international film festival showcasing the work of trans and gender diverse (TGD) filmmakers and artists, and Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival, an annual three day film festical held across the third weekend in July at the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, mainland Australia’s longest continuously operating cinema.
There’s also an array of organisations promoting Melbourne film industry. Women In Film and TV Victoria is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation that aims to promote the interests of women in Victoria’s screen related industries by providing networking events, information sessions, workshops and industry events.
Preserving our history in film is the National Film and Sound Archive located here in Melbourne, the national audiovisual archive, that documents and interprets the Australian experience and actively contributes to the development of Australia's audiovisual industry. NFSA’s headquarters building contains purpose-built technical facilities, and the archive continues to both build on its existing achievements and grow as a cultural institution in Australian arts.
However the organisation that makes some of the biggest and most succesful films and television shows in Victoria is the State Government agency Film Victoria. Film Victoria provides leadership and assistance to people in Victoria working within a screen medium. This is done through a number of programs such as Talent Camp, which fosters new and emerging voices, providing them a week long program to develop their project, in cooperation with AFTRS; they encourage local and international filmmakers to find locations here in Victoria; and provides funding to those seeking grants, for things including travel, development and production as part of a major project.