In need of remote learning ideas? MIFF Play can help.

Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) Schools aims to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers.

The 2021 program will be available in full online on the festival’s digital platform MIFF Play from 2 to 16 September; each film can be booked for $35 (incl. GST) per stream. Each film can be shared with a class (or family) to watch at home.

The program was chosen with a view to presenting high-quality, diverse films in some of the languages commonly taught in schools: French, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese and German. The films have also been selected for how well they address curriculum learning areas for The Arts, The Humanities, Science and Languages, as well as themes and issues relevant to Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding, and Personal and Social capabilities.

It-saSummerFilm_Main-smallSome the program line up includes:

The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite

Language: French, with English subtitles

Two girls learn about life and acceptance in this Parent Trap–style romp with a time-travel twist.

A School in Cerro Hueso

Language: Spanish, with English subtitles

This heart-rending Argentinian drama traces the unconventional schooling of a young girl diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

It’s a Summer Film!

Language: Japanese, with English subtitles

Time travel, ambition and teen heartache mix in this exuberant coming-of-age comedy that celebrates friendship and our collective love of the movies.

Mission Ulja Funk

Language: German, with English subtitles

A 12-year-old astronomy geek and her hearse-stealing classmate set out in pursuit of an asteroid in this rollicking road trip.

The Day Is Over

Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

In Qi Rui’s hauntingly lyrical debut, a child grappling with impoverishment and absent parents dreams of a different life.

Additionally, MIFF will present free Professional Learning webinars on each of the programmed films. These online seminars will be delivered by Dr Josh Nelson, MIFF’s film-analysis expert, to give teachers additional resources, strategies and ideas for how to best incorporate a screening of a MIFF Schools film with their students’ learning.

Other older suitable films of interest can be resourced here