About MIFF Schools

Enhance your students’ language learning, intercultural understanding and media-analysis skills with the 2020 MIFF Schools program.


Key details:

    • Dates: 3–17 September (fully online)
    • Cost: Free of charge to schools
    • Learning areas: The Arts, The Humanities, Science, Languages
    • Capability areas: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, Personal and Social


MIFF Schools is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers. 

Given the exceptional circumstances in which we all find ourselves this year, the MIFF Schools program will be made available in full online. MIFF is committed to providing these films free of charge to schools and available nationally in the hope that those in the regions and across the country may also be able to engage with the program.

The 2020 slate was curated with a view to presenting high-quality, diverse films in some of the languages commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

The MIFF Schools films are also selected for how well they address the Victorian Curriculum Learning Areas for The Arts, The Humanities, Science and Languages, with many of the films containing themes and issues relevant to the Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social capabilities. 2020 again sees the program representing parity between male and female directors.

Prior to the Schools program going online, the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV), in partnership with MIFF, will present free Professional Learning webinars for teachers on each of the programmed films. These online seminars will be jointly delivered by a film-analysis expert and a language expert to give teachers additional resources, strategies and ideas for how to best incorporate a screening of a MIFF Schools film with their students’ classroom-based learning.

MIFF Schools is supported by ACMI and MLTAV.

Kate Fitzpatrick