Featuring a curated selection of films direct from the just wrapped 68th edition of the Film Festival, the Travelling Showcase will spotlight 11 Australian and international feature films and documentaries, which will screen across eight locations, such as Geelong, Bendigo, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Belgrave, Mansfield, Castlemaine and Wonthaggi.
Run annually, the initiative gives regional audiences the chance to see the latest arthouse works on screen, which are often predominantly shown at larger venues.
Seven of the films in the showcase were supported through MIFF’s Premiere Fund – the highest number to date.
Fest favourites in the program include such diverse highlights as Maya Newell’s acclaimed In My Blood it Runs – a powerful, essential documentary on Australian youth, putting the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight; Serge Ou’s kinetic look at the rise of martial arts Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, the New Zealand/Pacific-region anthology Vai – comprised of eight vignettes starring eight individual actresses in various stages of their lives from age of seven to eighty; as well as the family movie H is for Happiness.
The best-of compilation enables cinemas such as Ballarat’s independently owned Regent Theatre to provide keen country fans with the latest in international filmmaking. One of the foremost venues of the travelling showcase, the Regent will screen picks from the Festival for the fifth year running.
The full list of titles includes: The Family, American Woman, Below, Buoyancy, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, H is for Happiness, In My Blood It Runs, Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks, Measure for Measure, No Time for Quiet and Vai.
The MIFF Travelling Showcase will visit the following locations:
Bendigo (Star Cinema) 30 August – 1 September
Geelong (Pivotonian) 30 August – 1 September
Bairnsdale (Sun Theatre) 6 September – 8 September
Ballarat (Regent Cinemas) 6 September – 8 September
Belgrave (Cameo Cinemas) 13 September – 15 September
Mansfield (Mansfield Cinemas) 13 September – 15 September
Castlemaine (Theatre Royal) 20 September – 22 September
Wonthaggi (Whonthagghi Union Community Arts Centre) Friday 4 October – Sunday 6 October
More information can be found at miff.com.au/travelling