About Next Gen

Enhance your students’ language learning, intercultural understanding and media analysis with the 2016 MIFF Next Gen program.

Now in its 10th year, Next Gen is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers. This year the program was carefully put together so that all films screening are not only high quality, diverse and age appropriate, but also in languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, German, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin.

The Next Gen films are also selected for how well they address the Victorian and Australian curricula for Languages, with many of the films containing themes and issues relevant to the Civics and Citizenship, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, The Arts, The Humanities, Language, Communication and Thinking Processes domains, as well as Intercultural capabilities.

Prior to the festival, the Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV), in partnership with MIFF, will present four free webinars for teachers. 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 Next Gen 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!

Thomas Caldwell
Shorts & Next Gen 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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