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6 July 2016

The 65th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program has launched with world premieres, new program strands and a virtual reality showcase on the way.

The festival will kick off with the world premiere of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom by Melbourne filmmaker, Cris Jones. The film is one of six new Australian productions appearing at the festival that were supported through the MIFF Premiere Fund, including Monsieur Mayonnaise, Emo the Musical and Bad Girl.

MIFF will also present the world premiere of Joe Cinque's Consolation, based on Victorian author Helen Garner's award-winning book and directed by MIFF Accelerator alumnus, Sotiris Dounoukos.

Highlighting the most acclaimed and awarded films from the international festival circuit, the new Headliners program will include Ben Wheatley's High Rise, Kelly Reichardt's Certain Womenand the Cannes hit Paterson, starring by Adam Driver, while the Documentary program expands to include a new focus on Documentary/Drama.

In a specially curated program exploring the intersection of screen, storytelling and technology, MIFF will present a series of nine Virtual Reality (VR) experiences by Australian and international filmmakers.

The work of Melbourne filmmaker Oscar Raby will be showcased as part of the VR program, which will also special international guests Jessica Brillhart, the principal filmmaker for VR at Google, and Eric Darnell, the writer and director of the Madagascar films and immersive cinema pioneer.

MIFF's many established strands and programs will also return in 2016, including the music-focused Backbeat, Night Shift, Next Gen and extensive International Panorama and Documentaries sections.

Special focus will be given to migrant and refugee experience in the Seeking Refuge program, while choreography and movement come to life on screen via the new Dance on Film program.

Running from 28 July to 14 August, MIFF 2016 promises to be a blockbuster event with 345 films including 244 features, 92 shorts, 9 Virtual Reality experiences, 22 Talking Picture events, 24 world premieres and 157 Australian premieres on offer. It all takes place over 18-days, spanning 22 venues across the Melbourne CBD.

Tickets for MIFF 2016 are on sale this Friday 8 July 2016.

Visit MIFF for full program details