Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV)

The MIFF Schools films give young people an insight into other cultures and ways of life through cinema. As well as supporting the teaching and learning of a specific language and its culture(s), the films can be powerful, authentic resources to develop young peoples’ general intercultural understanding.

Intercultural Understanding is now a part of the curriculum in most schools and is a Capability in the Victorian Curriculum across all learning areas. A class visit to a MIFF Schools screening provides the ideal opportunity for students to reflect upon their personal relationship with other cultures. The process of discussing, analysing and learning about film with students creates meaningful links across the curriculum, develops critical and creative thinking, fosters a life-long appreciation of film and encourages intercultural understanding.

To enhance teachers’ work with their students, the MLTAV and MIFF are pleased to have collaborated on the development of eight teacher webinars, conducted by Film and Language Methodology experts, to provide valuable film and target Language insights as well as tips and links to implementation of the new Victorian Curriculum. The webinars will support teachers to discuss the film with students prior to attending a MIFF Schools screening, as well as inform classroom follow-up.

Please consider booking for a film, even if it’s not in the Language(s) you are teaching. We also encourage you to consider participating in the FREE online webinars.

Bookings from MLTAV member schools are eligible to reduced ticket prices as well as sending one teacher per ten students at no charge.


The Department of Education and Training (DET)

We are living in an increasingly globalised world and the ability to communicate in and across a range of languages and cultures is more important than ever before.

Learning about another culture or a language in addition to English offers young people the chance to participate more effectively in a globalised economy. Global learning and language education builds respect and appreciation of other cultures and encourages young people to embrace differences and more readily recognise our shared humanity.

The Department of Education and Training encourages language education and intercultural capabilities in schools as part of the Victorian Government’s vision for Victoria the Education State. The Education State aims to give every child and young person — regardless of their economic or social background — the best chance to succeed and language education is pivotal to making that happen.

Language education supports and encourages one of Victoria’s greatest assets: our rich cultural and linguistic heritage.

The MIFF Schools selection explores a range of these themes and invites young people to reflect on the importance of language education in their lives and the world.