Melbourne 2015: Premiere Fund Renewed, Plus: World Debut Titles

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Melbourne 2015: Premiere Fund Renewed, Plus: World Debut Titles
An exciting development has emerged from this year's upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). In an era of arts funding being cut to ribbons, it is a huge relief that the always excellent Premiere Fund has been renewed! 

According to an official statement: 

The State Government of Victoria has delivered a $900,000 renewal of the Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF Premiere Fund, which provides strategic minority co-financing to new Australian films that then go on to premiere at MIFF. "The MIFF Premiere Fund's continuation is clear evidence of the Victorian Government's commitment to supporting Victorian screen culture," said MIFF Chair Claire Dobbin. "The Fund's continuation is important for MIFF, audiences, local filmmakers and the State's creative economy".

Enough about that, on to the titles!

MIFF 2015 is shaping up as another exciting year from the MIFF Premiere Fund, with world premieres comprising the following feature dramas:

Looking for Grace, starring Richard Roxburgh (Rake), from director Sue Brooks (Japanese Story).

Downriver, starring Kerry Fox (An Angel at My Table) and Reef Ireland (Blessed) from feature debut director Grant Scicluna.

I am particularly excited for Early Winter, starring one of the greatest actresses of our generation Suzanne Clement (Mommy), from risque director Michael Rowe (Cannes Camera d'Or winner Leap Year).

Also on the slate are feature documentaries Neon from director Laurence Johnson; Ecco Homo from directors Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Marie Milburn, and Putuparri & The Rainmakers from director Nicole Ma.

ScreenAnarchy will have more on these titles and MIFF 2015 as details develop.
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