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Soda_Jerk awarded the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission: Australia’s most significant long term commissioning program of new contemporary moving image art. 
Tuesday 6 December 2016
Following the first two critically acclaimed exhibitions resulting from the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), the third $100,000 commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists has been awarded to the two very talented Australian artists who form the video sampling collective Soda_Jerk.

ACMI set to take audiences on an electrifying ride with Jim Jarmusch season 
Wednesday 30 November 2016
ACMI is thrilled announce that this summer, it will present a spotlight on Jim Jarmusch - one of the most essential independent filmmakers alive today - with its season, Jim Jarmusch: Rock N Roll kicking off on 27 December. 

ACMI presents 'Wallace & Gromit and friends: The magic of Aardman' in 2017 
Thursday 17 November 2016
ACMI today announced it will exclusively present Wallace & Gromit and friends: The magic of Aardman– the acclaimed exhibition celebrating 40 years of one of the world’s most successful animation studios – as part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Screen It 2016 Winners Announced
Thursday 3 November 2016
Today ACMI announced the winners of the annual Screen It competition, Australia’s largest moving image competition for school-aged filmmakers, animators and game makers.

New Executive Appointment for ACMI
Wednesday 2 November 2016 
ACMI has appointed UK arts development professional, Sarah Wilson, to Head of Development at the world’s leading moving image museum.

Melbourne hosts the biggest players in virtual reality during Melbourne International Games Week
Friday 28 October 2016
Gaming enthusiasts will be able to immerse themselves in the unique and surprising world of virtual reality during Melbourne International Games Week events at ACMI, with virtual reality experiences for consumers to enjoy throughout the week.

ACMI’s Virtual Reality commissions go inside ghosts, alongside dancers, and into the deep
Launching Saturday 29 October – Virtual Reality experience Ghosts, Toast and the Things Unsaid
Friday 28 October 2016
ACMI explores bold new territory with three newly-commissioned, immersive Virtual Reality (VR) film experiences by some of Australia’s most exciting creative practitioners – each one of them cross-disciplinary collaborations, taking live performance - theatre, dance and puppetry - into the realm of virtual reality.  

Screen It 2016 Finalists Announced
Monday 24 October 2016
ACMI announces the top entries for Australia’s only moving image competition for school students.

ACMI presents Summer School Holiday Program
Monday 17 October 2016
ACMI is the destination for young people, kids and families throughout December and January with a diverse range of creative workshops, interactive activities and film screenings throughout summer.  

Record visitation at home and abroad for ACMI
Thursday 13 October 2016
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) has recorded its highest attended year on record in 2015-16 with over 1.45 million visitors welcomed to its Federation Square museum alone, punctuating the end of a big year for the most visited moving image museum the world. 

ACMI presents Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts
Thursday 13 October 2016
In December 2016, ACMI will present the first Australian solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed French artist and filmmaker, Philippe Parreno – one of the most significant contemporary artists working at the intersection between art and film.

ACMI celebrates the birth of Bollywood, queer mythology and Teletubbie avatars during Asia TOPA
Tuesday 27 September
Joining Arts Centre Melbourne and a consortium of cultural organisations, ACMI showcases the colorful, the queer and the cutting-edge during the inaugural Asia TOPA program in 2017 – a festival-style program that celebrates the wellspring of moving image, performing arts and culture from the diverse Asia-Pacific region.

Provocative documentaries reveal clandestine government actions in new 'Lies and Secrets' season at ACMI Cinemas
Thursday 15 September
From 13 October a film program designed to shape the debate around some of the most urgent issues of our time hits ACMI Cinemas, with screenings of four critically-acclaimed documentaries.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Laurie Anderson and Rachel Tsangari to captivate audiences at ACMI Cinemas
Monday 5 September 2016 
Three films featuring the work of boundary-pushing artists will screen at ACMI Cinemas across September and October with exclusive limited seasons of Heart of a Dog, from writer, director and performance artist Laurie Anderson; Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, an intimate portrait of the provocative 20th Century photographer; and Chevalier, from one of the leading forces in Greek New Wave cinema, Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Collisions: Lynette Wallworth
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Opening as part of the Melbourne Festival, ACMI presents Collisions, a deeply poetic and thought-provoking virtual reality film experience by acclaimed Australian filmmaker and artist, Lynette Wallworth, exploring the collision of science and spirit. Collisions is Wallworth’s first work using VR technology and the first known VR document of an Indigenous story.

Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Entries open for a new, game changing program for school students: the Victorian Schools Games and Apps Challenge, a free Microsoft coding competition for students, presented by Microsoft and the Victorian Department of Education, and supported by ACMI.

ACMI X Co-workers Revealed
Tuesday 26 July 2016 
ACMI is delighted to welcome the foundation members of ACMI X, the first co-workers to join Australia’s first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution. A range of cross disciplinary practitioners have been selected by ACMI from an outstanding field of applications, with round two applications invited from today. 

Wednesday 20 July 2016
At a time when politics around the globe has never been more entertaining - nor more alarming - ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen. With both Melbourne International Film Festival screenings already sold out, the critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality, shows exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 1 September 2016.

NFSA and ACMI mark new era for collaboration through signing MOU
Tuesday 7 June 2016 
On Monday 6 June 2016, the Chairs of ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new era of collaboration between the two agencies. 

Applications open for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission no. 3 
Monday 6 June 2016 
ACMI and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust invite artists to apply for the $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australia’s most significant commission for moving image art. The successful artist will receive $100,000 from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and professional support including highly specialised curatorial, production and presentation expertise from ACMI.

Thursday 26 May 2016
From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the most influential directors of our time. Now the first exhibition celebrating the indelible cinematic legacy of the prolific and passionate auteur has opened at Melbourne’s ACMI.

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose
Tuesday 3 May 2016
Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, ACMI presents new exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. 

New Board Members for ACMI
Wednesday 30 March 2016 
In further exciting news from an organisation undergoing significant transformation, ACMI today announced changes to its Board membership. 

Games Lab Version 2.0: ACMI reboots its popular gameplay lounge
Friday 18 March 2016 
ACMI is bringing a new look and feel to its Games Lab, a communal game playing hub in the heart of its Screen Worlds exhibit. The redesigned Games Lab will feature eleven new games, an enticing mix of big budget and independent releases that celebrate the craft, culture and community of videogames. Now up and running at ACMI’s free, permanent Screen Worlds exhibition.

ACMI appoints James Hewison to head up film programs  
Tuesday 15 March 2016 
ACMI has appointed film industry specialist James Hewison as its new Head of Film Programs. Hewison’s appointment to the Executive Team comes amid ACMI’s move into a new phase of its evolution with an ambitious strategy for extending its audiences, enhancing programming and strengthening engagement with the creative and screen industries. 

Melbourne Secures Australian International Documentary Conference for 2017 
Monday 29 February 2016 
The Australian International Documentary Conference will return to Melbourne in 2017 for its 30-year anniversary, with hosting rights secured by the Victorian Government through Film Victoria. Continuing the partnership between the supporting organisations, ACMI has been confirmed as the return venue for next year’s milestone conference, scheduled for 5 to 8 March 2017.

ACMI in collaboration with Sydney Dance Company presents world first virtual reality experience Stuck in the Middle With You
Wednesday 17 February 2016
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is proud to present their first virtual reality (VR) commission, Closer Productions and Sydney Dance Company’s Stuck in the Middle With You. Jointly directed by award-winning filmmaker Matthew Bate and internationally acclaimed director/choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, Stuck in the Middle With You fuses choreography, performance, documentary and drama. This landmark moving image work is free to experience daily at ACMI from Saturday 5 March to Monday 14 March 2016.

Announcing ACMI X: ACMI Creates Next Generation Creative Hub
Wednesday 3 February 2016 
In a game changer for museums, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) today announces the first collaborative working space for the creative industries set up by a major cultural institution in Australia, ACMI X. 

ACMI presents Screen It 2016
Tuesday 2 February 2016
Teachers and parents be warned: children around Australia are about to be inspired, creative and occupied, as ACMI calls for young creatives to enter Australia’s biggest student film competition, Screen It. This year’s theme, Mystery, is set to fuel ideas and classroom discussions, spurring school students around the country to create original and inventive films, animations and videogames. 

ACMI welcomes Australian International Documentary Conference to its new home
Friday 22 January 2016
In 2016 Australia’s shrine to cinema, ACMI becomes the new home of Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) when the annual event is hosted by ACMI from 28 February to 2 March 2016. AIDC is the Asia-Pacific’s premier event for documentary, specialist factual and unscripted entertainment. The event combines a dynamic marketplace, ideas forum and public screening program into four days of invaluable project and professional development, inspiration and networking. 

ACMI announces Daniel Crooks: Phantom Ride
Tuesday 19 January 2016
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust are proud to present the world premiere of Phantom Ride, a brand new work by one of Australia’s leading moving image artists, Melbourne-based Daniel Crooks. Practising across a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Crooks’ work plays with the notion of time, stretching and distorting reality while questioning our perception of it. 

ACMI presents the world premiere of Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett 
Wednesday 14 October 2015
This summer ACMI unveils the world premiere of Manifesto (2015), a new thirteen-channel work by pre-eminent artist Julian Rosefeldt starring Cate Blanchett. Manifesto is at the heart of Rosefeldt’s survey exhibition opening at ACMI on Wednesday 9 December 2015.

Seb Chan joins ACMI as Chief eXperience Officer
Monday 20 July 2015
ACMI has appointed internationally recognised museums sector digital revolutionary, Seb Chan, to a newly created role of Chief eXperience Officer (CXO) – the first role of its kind in the international museum sector.

Daniel Crooks awarded $100,000 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission
Thursday 30 October 2014
Following the first critically acclaimed Ian Potter Moving Image Commission (IPMIC), The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI today announced the second $100,000 commission in the ten-year program for new works by mid-career Australian artists has been awarded to celebrated Melbourne-based video artist, Daniel Crooks.

Melbourne farewells DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition to the world!
Tuesday 28 October 2014
ACMI and Los Angeles-based studio, DreamWorks Animation, on Sunday farewelled DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, after a hugely successful world premiere run as part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing finds its way across Australia
Tuesday 16 September 2014
The Australian Government’s Australia Council for the Arts has awarded ACMI a $241,185 touring grant to take the popular Melbourne-made exhibition Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing: From book to film to nine regional centres from 2015.


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