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If you are curious to know how the Festival has grown in these twenty-four years, scroll the timeline of the Milano Film Festival history and discover HERE all the winning films.


Almost 150 hours of cinema, meetings, music, parties, photocall. But above all smiles, emotions shared outside and inside Odeon Cinema theatres, packed from day one to the last, the home of this XXIV edition, 7 days and 7 unforgettable nights. Milano Film Festival 2019 is #BasedOnATrueCity


The Festival invades the city: Piazza XXV Aprile, cinemas ANTEO and Oberdan, Piccolo theatre, BASE Milano, Palazzo Litta and Cascina Cuccagna. We open a window onto the future with My Screen - section dedicated to teenagers. The programme ends with the double sold-out of ``Roma``, by Alfonso Cuarón.


Milano Film Festival is done in three. From May to September, two episodes with animated protagonists, second generations and independent cinema, and between September and October the final episode, ``The Greatest Shot``.


The 20+1 edition brings with it a change of direction, new places to discover and innovative languages. After twenty years, the Milano Film Festival makes a gut decision. But its goals remain unaltered: being an international platform for independent films.


20 years to the day! Features, shorts, State (T)error, the Outsiders, the focus on Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Nicolas Steiner and Jean-Gabriel Périot, Austrian films, animations, expanded videos and Parklive's music.


State (T)error, the return of the Outsiders and the focus on Švankmajer and Eugene Jarecki. Mexican films break through, together with the first ``Expanded video`` and ``Experiment: Europe`` sections. Every night is a Parklive night.


A special section dedicated to 18 years spent together, a focus on Sylvain George, plus the Outsiders section, a focus on animation and Parklive. The number of festivalgoers rises to 120,000.


Features, shorts, a section on movies from the 80's, ``Mr Poster Presents: Play it Again Woody!``, Ben Rivers... The 17th edition of MFF features all this and much more.


Main event of the 2011 edition: the complete retrospective on Jonathan Demme and a tribute to Randall Poster.


Jim Jarmusch is the protagonist of this year’s retrospective, together with Godard and Iosseliani previews, while Don Letts is the special guest of Soundoc.


A feature film competition showcasing only debuts or second works, the complete retrospective on Olmi. Niccolò Ammaniti and Avi Mograbi attend the festival. More than 100,000 visitors.


A moment to remember: Terry Gilliam at the festival. 10 feature films have their Italian premiere and Immigration Day celebrates its debut.


The world of Ciprì and Maresco and 9 out-of-competition theme sections, including the first edition of Soundoc. 90,000 visitors.


The program gets richer and richer: the histoire(s) du cinéma by Godard, Different American Films, Newsreels and a young Roberto Saviano in the jury – without police escort yet.


The X edition marks the debut of State (T)error, the (now well-established!) Animation Marathon and the milan film festivalino for kids. Vinicio Capossela – unexpectedly – closes the festival.


The festival expands: Audiovisiva and the screenings occupy the moats of the Sforza Castle, the Filmmakers’ House opens its doors, and the first retrospective is dedicated to Truffaut.


56 (short and feature) films in competition, a special section with Israeli and Palestinian shorts, a great music program with the first Audiovisiva.


For the first time, the festival runs for 10 days – 223 screenings, the first Italian Get-togethers section, 61 directors from all over the world and 30,000 festivalgoers.


More than 1000 movies submitted. Winners: a Kurdish feature and an Israeli short film on a checkpoint in the occupied territories.


7 days and 7 nights at the Strehler Theatre, the first International Feature Film Competition and a seminar by the great Art Spiegelman.


Three nights at the Anteo Cinema. 660 films submitted from 45 countries, 40 shorts in competition and, for the first time, 15 out of competition.


The competition becomes international. The historic De Amicis cinema hosts Luca Bigazzi and Maurizio Maggiani, while Jonathan Coe writes a letter to Mr Cinema.


Two nights in February at the Auditorium San Carlo in collaboration with the legendary Associazione Pandora. 70 shorts submitted from all over Italy, 17 titles selected. Among the other guests: Bruno Pizzul.


It all starts in a deconsecrated church, with the blessing of Luca Mosso, Silvano Cavatorta and Paolo Rosa. We remember a sold-out night of Milanese short films.