Melbourne International Film Festival's Next Gen program takes place over three venues – ACMI, NGV and the Forum Theatre in the CBD (all near to Flinders Street station).
Melbourne International Film Festival is committed to making the festival accessible for all. We are committed to providing a range of accessible services and facilities at festival screenings and events in order to ensure that all film lovers have access to quality cinema experiences.
During the booking process, you will be asked if any of members of your group have any access needs. Please make sure you let us know in as much detail as possible and we’ll be happy to accommodate you wherever possible.
Our 2015 Next Gen Venues
The Forum Theatre | Physical Access
154 Flinders Street (corner of Flinders and Russell streets), Melbourne
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Should you have access requirements, please see a MIFF staff member or volunteer on arrival at the venue. They will escort you to the access entry on Russell Street, where you will then be assisted by venue staff to the upper cinema level via a wheelchair stair lift.
Wheelchair Accessible Seating
Wheelchair accessible seating for all screenings in The Forum is located at the front of the cinema, on the right hand side of the venue (facing the screen).
Cinema access from Flinders Street is via the large railed staircases to the left and right of the foyer. The two staircases lead to an upstairs foyer containing a bar and refreshment area.
There are 44 steps in total to enter the cinema, 23 steps to the upstairs foyer and an additional 21 steps to the cinema.
Inside the cinema, the steps are quite steeply raked and uneven with no handrails. There are 30 steps from the front row to the back row.
A unisex accessible toilet is situated on the Ground Floor, at the rear of Festival Lounge, near the Russell Street exit.
ACMI Cinemas | Physical Access
Federation Square, Melbourne
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The main entrance to ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is from Federation Square. Wheelchair access is provided at the main entrance and via the accessibility entrance located at the Flinders Street facade (see map Galleries Level) where a lift can take visitors up to Entry Level.
The central lifts provide disabled access to the Cinemas Level.
Wheelchairs are available from the Ticketing & Information Desk if required.
Visually impaired warning markers are located on the floor before each step to provide a clear signal of a change of level.
ACMI offers assistive-listening devices that can be requested at the Tickets & Information desk.
To view a map of ACMI detailing entrances, levels and accessible amenities visit: acmi.net.au/maps_acmi_venue.htm
Wheelchair Accessible Seating
Wheelchair accessible seating in ACMI 2 is located at the rear of the cinema, at cinema entry level. There are four seats in total.
For more information about accessing ACMI visit: acmi.net.au/access.htm
Toilet facilities for people with disabilities are located to the right of the escalators.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) | Physical Access
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
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NGV is wheelchair-accessible and has wheelchairs available for free on site if needed.
Wheelchair-accessible seating for the screening at NGV is located at the front of the auditorium. All of the galleries are also wheelchair accessible and other types of assistance can be arranged if notified in advance.
Located in the Melbourne CBD, ACMI Cinemas, the NGV and the Forum Theatre are easily accessible by public transport.
Arriving by train: All venues are in the vicinity of Flinders Street Station.
Arriving by tram: Tram numbers 70, 71, 75 and the City Circle tram stop on Flinders Street outside Federation Square. Tram numbers 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72 stop outside Flinders Street Station.
For information on buses and further timetable and journey planning information, please contact Public Transport Victoria by calling 1800 800 007 or visit their website at ptv.vic.gov.au.
For information from The City of Melbourne about accessible parking, public transport, taxis, vehicle hire and getting mobile on Melbourne's footpaths, visit the City of Melbourne website.
For a list of council-provided on-street parking spaces for holders of Disabled Persons’ Parking Permits, visit the City of Melbourne website.
Paid parking is available at:
- Secure Parking, 114 Flinders Street – entry via Flinders Street or Flinders Lane.
- Federation Square Car Park – entry via Russell Street or the service road on Batman Avenue.
Providing mobility assistance, information and equipment hire, Travellers Aid is an excellent source of support and information: travellersaid.org.au.
For assistance and enquiries regarding accessible travel in metropolitan Melbourne, phone the Metlink Information Centre on 131 638 or TTY 9619 2727 or head to metlinkmelbourne.com.au/accessible-transport.
City of Melbourne Map (pdf, 4MB)
Coach Drop Off and Pick Up
Map of Bus Parking within City of Melbourne (pdf, 230kb)
The safest and closest drop-off zone for ACMI is behind Federation Square on Russell Street extension. It is a drop off zone only and coaches cannot stand there. Buses can also drop students off at Federation Square on Flinders Street (please observe the times and conditions of street signs). The closest bus parking is along St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre and NGV, a short walk from Federation Square and ACMI.
Bus drop off is possible via Russell Street. The closest bus parking is along St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre and NGV, a short walk from Federation Square and The Forum.
National Gallery of Victoria
There is very limited bus access and parking available on St Kilda Road. Please contact the NGV for more information.
Forum & ACMI Cinemas | Parking
There are designated on-street Disabled Parking Bays available at the following locations:
Russell Street (between Flinders Lane & Collins St) 1 space, 4 hours
Flinders Street (between Swanston & Russell St) 1 space, 2 hours
Flinders Street (between Elizabeth and Swanston) 1 space, 2 hours
Flinders Lane (between Swanston and Russell) 1 space, 4 hours
It is also possible to drop passengers off in Russell Street. Maximum Vehicle Height: 2 meters
Secure Parking at Flinders Gate, 172 Flinders Street (opposite Federation Square) has two wheelchair accessible parking bays located on the ground floor level, at each of the Flinders St and Flinders Lane entrances.
The Secure Parking Wheelchair Accessible parking bays are located:
Flinders Street Entrance – 3rd bay as you enter the car park on your right
If you have an access enquiry or requirement, please make sure you advise us at the time of booking wherever possible.
If you would like more information please contact either the Access Officer at access(at)miff.com.au or alternatively call the MIFF Office on 03 8660 4888.
MIFF is also contactable through the National Relay Service on 133 677 then MIFF Office 03 8660 4888.
You can also email any enquiries, comments and suggestions to access(at)miff.com.au.