A program of entertaining and thought-provoking cinema
selected for a youth audience.

Established in 2007, Next Gen is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, as well as to stimulate discussion and social awareness. Encouraging students to become active viewers, who question and challenge the moving image, is essential in a media-saturated era. This year’s films were selected not only for their high quality and diversity, but for how they align to the AusVELS curriculum and their relevance to the Department of Education and Training’s ‘Building Resilience’ Model. Through drama and documentary, these films explore issues such as bullying, respectful relationships, sexuality, self-expression, making positive life choices and personal empowerment.

Thomas Caldwell
MIFF Next Gen Programmer


Free ATOM study guides

Australian Teachers of Media provide free ATOM study guides to accompany the eight films listed below. The study guides provide film content analysis for teachers and students, and encourage discussions around historical, social, philosophical and political issues relevant to the film. Click here to download.


Click here for the 2015 Next Gen FAQ.


For more information on each film, or to book, please click the links below.


Special Events

FREE EVENT Talking Pictures: Watch & Learn
Gayby Baby: The Kids Are All Right

Film and Gallery Viewing
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