MIFF 2020 Schools Program - FREE access for 2020 and FREE teacher webinars PDF Print E-mail

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

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 delivered online between September 3-17. MIFF is, for this year only, also pleased to offer the films in the 2020 Schools program free of charge to ALL Schools. This is extremely exciting as schools that may not have been able to access the program in the past, (for example schools from rural/regional locations), will be able to participate in, and engage with the program this year! MIFF is also happy for schools outside of Victoria register to access this year’s program. MIFF has advised that access to these films is limited.


The program was chosen with a view to presenting high-quality, diverse films in some of the languages commonly taught in Victorian schools: French, ItalianJapaneseMandarin and Spanish.

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

The Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (MLTAV), in partnership with MIFF, presented a ‘Program Launch’ webinar (on 16 July) to introduce, and showcase, the five programmed films on offer this year. This collaboration also offers free Professional Learning webinars for teachers on each of the programmed films. Click here to view the recording of the launch webinar, and refer to the details below to access the recorded versions of the 5 Film FREE teacher webinars in this year's program:

Spanish Film Los Lobos
The live webinar was held on Monday 20 July, 2020. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Click here to watch the recording of this Webinar.

Japanese Film Bento Harassment
The live webinar was held on Tuesday 21 July, 2020. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Click here to watch the recording of this Webinar

Italian Film Nevia
The live webinar was held on Thursday 23 July, 2020. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Click here to watch the recording of this webinar.

Mandarin Film White Snake
The live webinar was held on and Monday 27 July, 2020. 04:30pm - 05:30pm
Click here to watch the recording of this webinar.

French Film Marona's Fantastic Tale
The live webinar was held on Wednesday 29 July, 2020. 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Click here to watch the recording of this webinar

A certificate of participation for one-hour PL time for participating in the live teacher webinars (or viewing the later available recorded versions) by completing the brief online feedback survey that will be provided at the end of each webinar.

Kate Fitzpatrick,
Programmer, MIFF
Kerry O'Connor, Project Facilitator, MLTAV ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 0437 130 976)

About MIFF 

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.

MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes and discussion programs. Since its inception, MIFF has also been committed to local film: it is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and is the country’s most vocal champion of emerging and established local filmmaking talent. The festival also hosts many celebratory world premieres of local films.

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