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

From punk kids hanging out in urban Mexico to a French eco-warrior battling mutant plants, from a town in the Swiss Alps confronting an old curse to a futuristic world where gravity has been reversed for half the population – the Next Gen films give young people an insight into other cultures and other ways of life.

Established in 2007, Next Gen is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival 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. The films this year were selected for their diversity, innovation and high quality, and for being relevant and accessible to audiences of all ages. Through drama, documentary and animation these films explore issues such as bullying, environmental sustainability, reconciliation, cultural differences, technology and self-expression.

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 2014 Next Gen FAQ.


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