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FAQs

How do I book a session?

  • To make a school booking, please visit metromagazine.com.au/nextgen and book online.
  • All school bookings are organised through Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) and must be booked online through the link above.
  • Tickets for the general public will be available from the MIFF website and box office, along with the rest of the MIFF program, from 11 July.

How can I pay?

  • You can either pay up-front with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard only), or submit an official school purchase order number and be invoiced against that.

How do I obtain a purchase order number?

  • Either your head of department, bursar or accounts department will be authorised to issue or approve purchase orders, depending on your school. We’ll need your unique purchase order number before we can invoice your school, assuming payment is not being made up-front with a credit card.

How can I check the age appropriateness?

  • MIFF has provided suitability recommendations according to school-year level/age group for films yet to be classified. These recommendations can be found under the individual film listings online. This content advice is designed as a guide only. If you would like more information about individual films, please don’t hesitate to contact the MIFF office on 03 8660 4807 or email nextgen(at)miff.com.au.

 What is a classification exemption?

  • The majority of the films screening at MIFF have not gone through the classification process that determines how a film is rated (G, PG, M, etc.). Most of these unclassified films screen within the festival with a general exemption that only allows people aged 18 and over to attend.
  • The Next Gen films get a special classification exemption that allows people of any age to attend, on the condition that an adult guardian accompanies anybody under 15 years old.
  • For more information, please visit Australian Classification at classification.gov.au.

How can I get more accessibility information relating to Next Gen screenings?

  • Both ACMI Cinemas and the Forum Theatre are wheelchair-accessible venues that offer 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. Entrance to the cinema level can be made via a lift.
  • Wheelchair-accessible seating for screenings in the Forum Theatre is located at the front of the cinema, on the right hand side of the venue (facing the screen). Entrance to the cinema level is via a chair lift from the Russell Street entry.
  • ACMI also offers assistive-listening technology, via an Audio Induction Loop, for patrons who use hearing aids. Accessed through the t-switch on a hearing aid, sound quality can be amplified or enhanced.
  • For more information regarding the accessibility of Next Gen venues, please visit miff.com.au/access and for further information on arriving at a Next Gen venue with access requirements visit miff.com.au/venues

What are my parking and travel options?

COACH DROP OFF / PICK UP

ACMI Cinemas:

  • 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.

The Forum Theatre:

  • 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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • Located in the Melbourne CBD, ACMI Cinemas and the Forum Theatre are easily accessible by public transport.
  • Arriving by train: Both 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.

PARKING

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.

For more information regarding parking and travel options to Next Gen venues, please visit miff.com.au/access/transport, and for further information on arriving at a Next Gen venue visit miff.com.au/venues.

For general public transport timetable information and journey planning: ptv.vic.gov.au.
 
How can I learn more about the content of the films?

  • Please visit the individual film listings on the Next Gen Program page for information about the films in the Next Gen program.
  • ATOM study guides have been produced for selected films, and are available to download for free at metromagazine.com.au. Ideas for using Next Gen in the English classroom are available to Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE) members through the VATE website vate.org.au.
  • If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact MIFF on 03 8660 4888 or email nextgen@miff.com.au.

 How does MIFF choose films for the Next Gen program?

  • When selecting films for the Next Gen program, MIFF looks for diverse, innovative, challenging and entertaining films that are relevant and accessible to audiences of all ages. All the films in the Next Gen program are selected because they are considered to be high quality films. Very few of the films would be regarded as ‘kids’ or ‘family’ films, but are instead films that MIFF feels should be made accessible to younger viewers. The themes that the films explore are taken into consideration so that young people can best identify with the content of the films. Where possible, MIFF also attempts to program films that are in languages taught in Victorian schools.

What languages are the films in? Are non-English films subtitled?

  • Check the individual film listings for information about what language each film is in. Films in languages other than English are subtitled.

 Are there any resources available to me for the classroom?

  • ATOM study guides for selected films are available to download for free at metromagazine.com.au. Additionally, ideas for using Next Gen in the English classroom are available to VATE members through the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English website vate.org.au.

Who do I call with questions about my booking?

  • All school bookings are organised through ATOM. Please contact them regarding any booking questions on 03 9525 5302.

Can I purchase tickets to other MIFF sessions?

  • Schools may only book into selected Next Gen sessions due to classification restrictions.
  • Individuals over 18 years old can purchase tickets to all sessions in the MIFF program from 11 July.

Can I purchase a ticket to a Next Gen session if I am not connected to a school?

  • Bookings for Next Gen sessions are exclusively available to schools until 11 July. After that date, the Next Gen sessions also go on sale to the general public along with the rest of the MIFF program.
  • Films in the Next Gen program are programmed with a wide audience in mind, so members of the general public are very much encouraged to attend Next Gen sessions!