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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Cinematic Spotlight Shines On Melbourne As The 61st Melbourne International Film Festival Commences

Victor P Taffa

For the next two weeks the cinema spotlight will be on the 61st Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), which Premier Ted Baillieu officially opened at Greater Union Cinema last night.

“The Festival is a landmark on Melbourne’s events calendar, attracting people to the city day and night, and adding to our reputation as Australia’s most vibrant cultural destination.” Premier Baillieu said.

“From humble beginnings more than 60 years ago, the Festival now boasts the largest audiences and events program of any Australian film festival.”

The Festival will screen the most exciting program to date, featuring more than 35 films from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival a significant increase from previous years.

The Victorian Coalition Government supports Victoria’s screen industries, and since December 2010 has supported 64 film and television productions.

“Our government recently announced an additional $150,000 in funding for the 2012 Festival, to ensure its venues have up-to-date exhibition equipment.” Premier Baillieu said.

The screen industry provides a significant contribution to the Victorian economy with events such as MIFF providing a platform to attract the international screen fraternity.

The Victorian Coalition Government also provides support for the MIFF Premiere Fund for new Australian theatrical films and feature-length documentaries.

The Fund aims to build a pipeline of work to premiere at the Festival and this year has assisted several films to do so, including:

• Last Dance

• Save Your Legs

• 100 Bloody Acres

• First Fagin

• Make Hummus not War

“Victoria has an outstanding international reputation as a world-class screen production destination, based on its highly-skilled crews, diverse locations, film-friendly councils and outstanding production facilities.” Premier Baillieu said.

“The Melbourne International Film Festival significantly strengthens Victoria’s well-earned reputation as Australia’s cultural hub.”

The 2012 MIFF will be held until 19 August 2012.

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