About MIFF Schools

Enhance your students’ language learning, intercultural understanding and media analysis with the 2019 MIFF Schools program.

MIFF Schools is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers. 

This year the program was chosen with a view to presenting high-quality, diverse films in some of the languages commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, German, Italian, JapaneseMandarin, Spanish and English.

The MIFF Schools films are also selected for how well they address the Victorian Curriculum Learning Areas for The Arts, The Humanities, Science and Languages, with many of the films containing themes and issues relevant to the Critical and Creative Thinking, EthicalIntercultural and Personal and Social capabilities. 2019 also sees the program representing parity between male and female directors.

Prior to the festival, the Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV), in partnership with MIFF, will present free Professional Learning webinars for teachers on each of the programmed films. These webinars will be jointly delivered by a film analysis expert and a language expert to give teachers additional resources, strategies and ideas for how to best incorporate an excursion to a MIFF Schools film with their classroom-based learning.

These are films that are not available online, not available on home entertainment, and not guaranteed a cinema release in Australia, so make sure you see them at MIFF or risk missing out!

Kate Fitzpatrick
MIFF Schools Programmer


About MIFF 

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and is the country’s most vocal champion of emerging and established local filmmaking talent. The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.  


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