Please note that MIFF’s program launches on 12 July 2022. Detailed information regarding each of MIFF’s screening venues this year will be available at Program Launch.
The information provided will include public transport and parking options (including accessible tram stops and accessible parking bays in the vicinity of each venue), box office information, food and beverage offerings, step-free and wheelchair-accessible routes, types of cinema seating (including accessible seating), which venues offer Open Captions, Closed Captions, Assistive Listening, hearing loops, Audio Description, quiet spaces as well as information about bathroom facilities.
If you have any questions regarding any venue accessibility information or require assistance at any MIFF venue, please contact MIFF’s Access Coordinator by emailing access(at)miff.com.au and see How to Book Your Ticket below to ensure MIFF can provide the best service.
Step-Free and Wheelchair Accessibility
All CBD and suburban venues at MIFF this year have step-free access, are wheelchair-accessible and have accessible seating.
For detailed information regarding step-free and wheelchair-accessible routes as well as accessible seating at each MIFF venue this year, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
Select sessions at MIFF will screen with Open Captions. Open Captioned screenings display captions that dictate any spoken word or sound effect in the film and are shown on the screen for the duration of the film.
For a list of the Open Captioned sessions at MIFF, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
Select sessions at MIFF will screen with an Audio Description (AD) track. This service provides additional narration and commentary that aims to describe body language, expressions, movements, key action and the visual content of the film, thereby offering additional information about the film through sound. Narration occurs during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary.
Audio Description units are available at selected MIFF venues this year. For a list of MIFF sessions with Audio Description, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
At select MIFF venues this year, Assistive Listening is provided in the form of an Assistive Listening device that patrons can borrow and use for the duration of the session. Patrons can use the device provided by the venue complete with headphones to hear an amplified version of the film sound through the headphones.
For Assistive Listening at MIFF venues and sessions this year, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
At select MIFF venues this year, a Hearing Loop is provided. Patrons can tune in using their own hearing-aid device for amplified film sound directly into the ear.
For more information about which MIFF venues offer Hearing Loop services, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
MIFF will be running Relaxed Screenings at select sessions this year. Relaxed Screenings are designed to make the cinema experience accessible and are for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – this can include, but is not limited to, neurodivergent people who experience sensory processing differences (such as autistic people and ADHD people), have learning disabilities, have dementia as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma.
Our Relaxed Screenings focus on adapting the cinema environment and preparing patrons by developing pre-show resources. Lighting and sound may be adjusted, and the doors will remain open to allow patrons to take a break in a designated quiet area.
What you can expect at a Relaxed Screening:
- The lights and sound will be augmented for a softer, smoother viewing experience.
- The cinema space will have the social expectations altered, so patrons may walk around, come and go as they please, and be able to engage in calming activities, such as rocking, humming, stimming and the like.
- MIFF Front of House staff will be on hand to take any overwhelmed patrons to a designated quiet space, where they may take a moment to settle themselves in private and return to the film as they wish.
For a list of Relaxed Screening sessions at MIFF this year, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
To engage a wider audience for MIFF’s program of films and events, Auslan interpreters will be present at a selection of Talks, introductions, Q&As and special events throughout the festival.
For a list of Auslan-interpreted offerings at MIFF this year, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
Many films screening at MIFF are subtitled and without any spoken English language, including some films that are silent or that have no dialogue.
For a list of 100%-subtitled films screening at MIFF this year, please check back on 12 July when the full program will be live.
Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs
Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome in all venues at MIFF.