2015 marks the 16th year for the MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL and having followed it for many years it goes without saying that we are insanely proud to be media partners. In addition to hosting our very own night we will also be covering various aspects of the festival with a running multimedia push that will feature articles, interviews, videos and more.
The purpose of the festival was never to buck the system, but rather challenge it. With the county's biggest film festival (MIFF) focusing its energies on high profile films and favouring "notable" international filmmakers there was an ever-growing pool of local talent with next to no chance of contention. When Melbourne filmmaker Richard Wolstencroft was denied a spot on the festival's line-up he recognised the need for a new focus. The first and foremost distinction would be to support the low budget film makers of Australia who deserve the recognition and a chance to showcase their films to an audience. The second point of order was to extend the same acknowledgement to indie filmmakers abroad. And so it was born - THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
MUFF was one of the first underground film festivals in the world and since its inception in 2000 has unearthed notable filmmakers (such as James Wan, Patrick Hughes, The Spierig Brothers, Greg McLean and Stuart Simpson amongst others) and inspired many festivals around the world.
2015 is proving to be one of the strongest line-ups yet with a program boasting some truly original, creative and confronting films. This year introduces the "MUFF Academy", a FREE film school running over two days with notable filmmakers hosting classes on everything from funding to releasing and everything else in between.... if you're a micro-budget filmmaker then you need to get along because the words of wisdom being imported will be truly invaluable.
So keep up with us here at FAKESHEMP.NET as we lead into the festival with a series of updates, stories, interviews, teasers and more. If you don't follow us on social media then hop to it. We encourage you to join the discussion and share your own thoughts on this year's program and everything else that the festival has to offer.
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