MIFF Schools

MIFF Schools is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, while remaining accessible to all ages. The program is chosen with a view to presenting high-quality, diverse films in some of the languages commonly taught in Victorian schools – this year that includes French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

These sessions are open to all.

Butterfly

Butterfly

In 2016, 18-year-old Irma “The Butterfly” Testa became Italy’s first ever woman boxer to compete in the Olympics. This is her story.

Cats

Cats

Blanket and Cape are cats, father and kitten, living in a comfortable apartment in Chongqing ... until the curious Cape decides to set out on an adventure to find the legendary cat paradise, Peachtopia.

Cleo: If I Could Turn Back Time

Cleo: If I Could Turn Back Time

The city of Berlin, and its history, star alongside a luminous Marleen Lohse in this playful, joyous and visually inventive story about a magical clock and a young woman’s desire to rewind time.

A Colony

A Colony

Winner of the Berlinale’s Crystal Bear for Best Film – Generation 14plus, A Colony is the story of a young girl on the cusp of adolescence struggling with a new school, familial conflict and finding confidence in herself.

Days Of The Whale

Days Of The Whale

Debut director Catalina Arroyave Restrepo won a Special Jury Mention at SXSW for this free-spirited story of young love and defiance in the mean streets of Medellín, Colombia.

Long Time No Sea

Long Time No Sea

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Taipei Film Awards, Heather Tsui’s charming debut film mixes music and drama to tell the uplifting tale of an Indigenous children’s troupe training for a national dance competition.

Okko's Inn

Okko's Inn

Veteran anime filmmaker and former Studio Ghibli animator Kitarō Kōsaka brings his magic touch to this fable about a young orphan girl running her grandmother’s inn with some supernatural help.

Stars By The Pound

Stars By The Pound

A science-obsessed teen battles negative assumptions about her body to reach for the stars in Marie-Sophie Chambon’s out of this world comedy.