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"ACMI" redirects here. For other uses, see ACMI (disambiguation).
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (logo).svg
Established 2002
Location Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia
Coordinates 37°49′03″S 144°58′10″E / 37.817438°S 144.969533°E / -37.817438; 144.969533
Public transit access Train: Flinders Street Station
Tram: Stop 13 Federation Square
Website www.acmi.net.au
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The 'Arcade Heroes' section in ACMI's Game Masters exhibition, Melbourne, Australia

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is dedicated to the moving image in all forms. It is located in Federation Square, in Melbourne, Australia, across four levels of the Alfred Deakin Building. ACMI is a state-of-the-art facility purpose-built for the preservation, exhibition and promotion of Victorian, Australian and International screen content.



ACMI has two main cinemas that are equipped to play every film, video and digital video format, with the most extensive projection facilities in the southern hemisphere. THX certified sound systems allow high quality attention to acoustics.


ACMI's weekly and monthly film programs include:

  • Australian Perspectives Contemporary Australian filmmaking framed against a backdrop of archival classics and special guest presentations.
  • Seniors’ Cinema Ongoing program of quality films for discerning audiences.
  • Kids' Flicks Regular screenings and school holiday programs of budget movies for kids.
  • Cinémathèque Double feature every Wednesday night of rare and imported prints.

ACMI also regularly profiles highly acclaimed actors, directors, writers, cinematographers, and film genres through its retrospective seasons and screenings. Highlights have included seasons on Serge Gainsbourg, Dario Argento, William Klein, John Cassavettes, Claudia Cardinale and Jim Henson. Genres have included Ozploitation, East German Cinema, Monsters, Ghouls and Melancholy Misfits in conjunction with the Tim Burton exhibition.

ACMI undertakes partnerships with a variety of Film Festivals; Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Korean Film Festival, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Little Big Shots, the Melbourne International Animation Festival and more.

In ACMI's Studios, regular talks and performances include:

  • Talking TV A regular montly every month there is a discussion, talk or presentation about television.
  • Desert Island Flicks A regular monthly event where celebrities reveal the top five films they would pack if they were banished to a desert island.

Screen Worlds[edit]

Open from 18 September 2009, Screen Worlds is a permanent exhibition exploring all aspects of the moving image using objects, footage and artistic installations. Screen Worlds explores the story of the moving image through a number of different sections - Emergence, Voices, Sensation, Games Lab and Kids Space.

The Screen Worlds exhibition hosts a number of 'Immersive Experiences'(interactive displays), including Timeslice (inspired by The Matrix), Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Zoetrope, The Faulty Fandangle (created by Oscar®-nominated Anthony Lucas (The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello)), an installation by Anthony McCall and many more.

Gallery 1[edit]

The screen gallery, renamed Gallery 1 when Gallery 2 was introduced in 2009, was built along the entire length of what was previously Princes Bridge railway station. It is a subterranean gallery for experimentation with the moving image. Video art, installations, interactives, sound art, net art and screen related objects are all regularly exhibited in this space.

Gallery 1 Exhibitions[edit]

With the exception of a dance work that formed part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Plasticine Park), Gallery 1 is usually either hosting an exhibition, or installing the next one. The exhibitions alternate between in house and touring, and between free and ticketed.

Exhibition Opened Closed Origin Content Partner
Deep Space: Sensation & Immersion 26 October 2002 27 January 2003 Art Gallery of New South Wales as Space Odysseys: Sensation & Immersion
Ngarinyin Pathways Dulwan 26 October 2002 31 August 2003 ACMI Pathway Project of the Ngarinyin elders
Remembrance + the Moving Image Persistence of Vision 21 March 2003 25 May 2003 ACMI
Remembrance + the Moving Image Reverberation 27 June 2003 31 August 2003 ACMI
Transfigure 8 December 2003 9 May 2004 ACMI
2004 Australian Culture Now 8 June 2004 12 September 2004 ACMI & National Gallery of Victoria
SenseSurround 7 October 2004 7 November 2004 ACMI
Proof 9 December 2004 13 February 2005 ACMI
World Without End 14 April 2005 17 July 2005 ACMI
White Noise 18 August 2005 23 October 2005 ACMI
Stanley Kubrick: Inside the Mind of a Visionary Filmmaker 25 November 2005 29 January 2006 Deutsches Filmmuseum Christiane Kubrick / Stanley Kubrick Estate
2006 Contemporary Commonwealth 24 February 2006 21 May 2006 ACMI & National Gallery of Victoria
TV50 22 June 2006 1 October 2006 ACMI
Eyes, Lies and Illusions 2 November 2006 11 February 2007 Hayward Gallery Werner Nekes Collection
Centre Pompidou Video Art 1965-2005 22 March 2007 27 May 2007 Centre Pompidou
Pixar: 20 Years of Animation 28 June 2007 14 October 2007 Museum of Modern Art Barbican Gallery
Replay Christian Marclay 15 November 2007 3 February 2008 Cité de la musique
Game On 6 March 2008 13 July 2008 Barbican Gallery
Correspondences: Victor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami 21 August 2008 2 November 2008 Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona
Setting the Scene: Film Design from Metropolis to Australia 4 December 2008 19 April 2009 Deutsche Kinemathek as Moving Spaces
Len Lye 16 July 2009 11 October 2009 ACMI Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Dennis Hopper & The New Hollywood 12 November 2009 25 April 2010 Cinematheque francaise
Tim Burton: The Exhibition 24 June 2010 10 October 2010 Museum of Modern Art
Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales 18 November 2010 26 April 2011 New Orleans Museum of Art Walt Disney Animation Research Library
Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences 1 June 2011 14 August 2011 ACMI
Star Voyager: Exploring Space on Screen 22 September 2011 29 January 2012 ACMI
William Kentridge: Five Themes 8 March 2012 27 May 2012 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Norton Museum of Art
Game Masters 28 June 2012 28 October 2012 ACMI
Candice Breitz: The Character 6 Dec 2012 11 March 2013 ACMI
Hollywood Costume 24 April 2013 18 August 2013 Victoria and Albert Museum
Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition 26 September 2013 23 February 2014 Contemporary Arts Center Flux [1]
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition 10 April 2014 5 October 2014 ACMI DreamWorks Animation
Yang Fudong: Filmscapes 4 December 2014 15 March 2015 ACMI Auckland Art Gallery
David Bowie is 16 July 2015 1 November 2015 Victoria and Albert Museum

Gallery 2[edit]

Open from 18 September 2009, Gallery 2 is a smaller, more flexible gallery than Gallery 1.

Exhibition Opened Closed Origin Content Partner
Hollywood Remix 18 September 2009 22 November 2009 ACMI
Best of the Independent Games Festival 2009    8 December 2009 14 February 2010 ACMI Independent Games Festival
Mary and Max: The Exhibition 2 March 2010 6 June 2010 ACMI Adam Elliot
Bill Viola: The Raft 7 October 2010 20 February 2011 ACMI Kaldor Public Arts Projects & Melbourne International Arts Festival
Arthur and Corinne Cantrill: Light Years 8 March 2011 5 June 2011 ACMI
Julian Rosefeldt: American Night 21 June 2011 31 July 2011 Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Florence
Margaret and David: 25 Years Talking Movies 17 August 2011 4 December 2011 ACMI A collaboration with ABC. Supported by SBS.
Best of the Independent Games Festival 2011 20 December 2011 25 March 2012 ACMI Independent Games Festival
Best of the Independent Games Festival 2012 27 March 2012 8 July 2012 ACMI Independent Games Festival
Ian Burns: In the Telling 24 July 2012 20 January 2013 ACMI Experimenta
Warwick Thornton: Mother Courage 5 February 2013 23 June 2013 dOCUMENTA (13)
Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing: From book to film 16 July 2013 19 January 2014 ACMI Shaun Tan, Passion Pictures Australia & Books Illustrated
Angelica Mesiti: The Calling 4 February 2014 13 July 2014 ACMI A collaboration with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
David Rosetzky: Gaps 5 August 2014 8 February 2015 ACMI Carriageworks
Panorama of Federation Square

Australian Mediatheque[edit]

Australian Mediatheque is a space with multiple screening stations with access to works from ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive.

Studio 1[edit]

Studio 1 is a production and educational amphitheatre which can accommodate everything from multimedia performances to television broadcasts, and is equipped with video projection, video conferencing, web casting and online facilities.

Studio 2[edit]

ACMI also houses a digital studio for hands-on workshops and production programs. Participants can access the technology, and develop the skills, to produce their own moving image work.

ACMI Shop[edit]

The ACMI Shop, located on the entry level next to the Tickets & Information Desk, stocks exhibition catalogues, books, DVDs, toys, cards and gifts.

Former attractions[edit]

Video Garden[edit]

The Video Garden was an outdoor gallery that led people from the Flinders Street side of the building to the main entrance. Exhibitions included Random Encounters, Gooey by the Lycette Bros, I Fell Off My Bike and Blast Off.

Memory Grid[edit]

The Memory Grid was a display allowing access to over 100 hours of film that were recorded by ordinary Australians, independent filmmakers, students, community-based practitioners and participants in ACMI hands-on production workshops. Much of the content in the Memory Grid had either never been displayed outside, or had been displayed only once on community television. Further, the Memory Grid contained a large collection of animated and interactive works, and actively accepted work from the public for display.

Games Lab[edit]

The Games Lab was ACMI's display area for interactive video games. It celebrated the past, present and future of games, looking deeper to promote this popular form of the moving image as a reflection of our culture.

In 2003, ACMI commissioned Selectparks to produce an interactive game-based, site specific installation called AcmiPark, which was exhibited in the Games Lab. AcmiPark replicates and abstracts the real world architecture of Federation Square. It also houses highly innovative mechanisms for interactive, multiplayer sound and musical composition.

The Games Lab exhibited the Best of the Independent Games Festival for 2005, 2006 & 2007. In early 2007 Hits of the 80s profiled Melbourne's Beam Software and the secret history of Australia's place in the rise and rise of the video game. In 2005 an exhibition was dedicated to Sonic the Hedgehog called Sonic the Hedgehog: Icon of our Times.

The Games Lab has now been incorporated into the Screen Worlds exhibition space.


ACMI has a strong online presence, with regular updates being made to the ACMI website and a dedicated blog. Videos and podcasts are regularly added to the website. ACMI also has a number of 'Online Projects'.

Online Projects[edit]

Along with regularly added content on ACMI's main website, ACMI hosts a number of special online projects that encourage user-generated content. These sites include 15 Second Place, Generator and the Educators Lounge.


ACMI have increased their touring program over the past few years. Beginning with Mary and Max, which toured regional Victoria,[2] ACMI then followed by showing the 2011 Best of the IGF in Sydney and Brisbane before the available gallery space came up at ACMI.[3] ACMI's first original exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Game Masters, was seen in New Zealand[4] and Sydney[5] after its ACMI season. Further tours have been announced for The Lost Thing[6] and Dreamworks Animation.[7]


  1. ^ http://contemporaryartscenter.org/exhibitions/flux
  2. ^ http://www.acmi.net.au/mary-max-regional-tour.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.acmi.net.au/media-igf-2011.htm
  4. ^ http://blog.acmi.net.au/index.php/2013/01/game-masters-goes-on-tour
  5. ^ http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/gamemasters
  6. ^ http://www.acmi.net.au/media/shaun-tan-s-the-lost-thing-finds-its-way-across-australia
  7. ^ http://www.acmi.net.au/exhibitions/touring-exhibitions-folder/dreamworks-animation-the-exhibition-on-tour/


"What's On Aug-Sep 2009", ACMI, 2009

External links[edit]

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