There is a constant procession of film festivals in Melbourne.  In July and August they culminate in MIFF - the Melbourne International Film Festival, but for the rest of the year film societies have small festivals - often in scenic locations over a weekend, the commercial 'art house' cinemas host international festivals and there are other random events here and there.  Then there's always ACMI, although this is currently more of an intermittent pleasure whilst their major renovations take place.
For more information on the festivals on this page, click on pictures, buttons and the list at right.

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ACMI has closed until later in 2020 whilst major renovations are made.  In the meantime they will be screening films in the RMIT Capitol and Treasury Theatres.
Nothing much happening in January, so head to your local multiplex for the Oscar contenders and the summer blockbusters, or try one of Melbourne's outdoor venues.
In February the festivals start up again.  Here are two - not many details as yet, so watch this space.

/young at heart film festival

Palace Cinemas 

February 19 - March 4

A festival designed specifically for the over 60s, this is its fifteenth year.  No details as yet.

/transitions film festival

Cinema Nova February 20 - March 6 

"an enthralling line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, game-changing technologies, and creative visions that will redefine what it means to be human."  No details as yet.  There is a website but it does not appear to be functioning as I write.