Modern Language Teachers Association of Victoria (MLTAV)

MIFF’s Next Gen 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 Next Gen 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 four 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 Next Gen 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 send 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 a language in addition to English offers young people the chance to participate more effectively in a globalised economy. 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 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 Next Gen 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.

Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE)

MIFF’s Next Gen program reflects the rich diversity of the Victorian school population, and provides students with an excellent opportunity to explore aspects of the human experience. Next Gen films allow students to engage with a range of issues that encourage (and may also challenge) their understanding of other cultures, and expand the scope of their own experiences.

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)

Since its inception in 2007, Next Gen at the Melbourne International Film Festival has introduced children and adolescents to international cinema. Each year the program offers films that not only entertain a younger audience but also challenge their perspectives of self and others. The films encourage conversations about human experience and the issues that matter to young people.

An excursion to a Next Gen screening at MIFF 2016 provides students with a unique and enriching viewing experience that both defines and redefines their understanding of cinema. The films have been chosen because they have the capacity to engage the imagination and the intellect. 

ATOM believes responding in Media Arts involves students learning to explore, view, analyse and participate in media culture. Also, the development of aesthetic knowledge in Media Arts rewards students’ curiosity and creative exploits. This development increases their engagement with and understanding of how images, sounds and text create experiences that consumers recognise and respond to physically, emotionally and intellectually.

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ACMI Education 

ACMI Education is an international leader in digital and moving image education. Our program promotes knowledge and develops skills, by providing creative educational content and expertise. 

We provide unique education programs from Foundation to Year 12 and beyond, delivered across multiple platforms. These include talks, cinema programs, production workshops, exhibition tours, and interactive and content-rich videoconferences and online resources. 

Our programs run every day of the school week and take place in our galleries, cinemas, education briefing space, green screen studio (Studio 1), media production studio (Studio 2) and online. 

We also engage in productive collaborations to connect schools, universities and cultural centres with moving image artists and industry experts. Working directly with the industry both locally and internationally, ACMI Education is in a privileged position to provide educators with access to screen-based industries and experts.


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