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About Next Gen

Next Gen is a program of entertaining and challenging cinema selected for a young audience.

The Next Gen films give young people an insight into other cultures and ways of life, as well as the infinite possibilities of cinema. They are an excellent resource to support the teaching of numerous disciplines, and Australian Teachers of Media have created free ATOM study guides to accompany selected films. 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.

The Next Gen program was established in 2007 to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, as well as 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, as well as being relevant and accessible to audiences of all ages. Through drama, documentary and animation they explore, with integrity and depth, issues such as bullying, environmental sustainability, reconciliation, cultural differences, technology and self-expression.

Thomas Caldwell
Shorts & Next Gen Programmer

School Bookings

School bookings must be submitted online at Schools can either pay by credit card or school purchase order. For more information about booking, please check our FAQs, or contact ATOM on 03 9525 5302.


MLTAV, VATE and ATOM member schools: $9 per student (GST free)
Non-member schools: $12 per student (GST free)

Tickets for all MIFF sessions will available to the general public from Friday 11 July.

Venue Information

All school group sessions are held in ACMI 2 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, except Clara and the Secret of the Bears, which will be held at the Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders Street.

Both ACMI and the Forum Theatre offer wheelchair accessible seating. ACMI also offers assistive listening technology for patrons who use hearing aids. Click here for more information about venues and accessibility.


All films featured as part of the Next Gen program are approved for screening by the Australian Classification Board. Next Gen screenings are open to all ages, but people under the age of 15 must attend in the company of an adult guardian.

In order to assist parents, guardians and teachers in making informed decisions about children’s viewing, MIFF provides suitability recommendations according to school-year level or age group for films yet to be classified.

This content advice is designed as a guide only. If you would like more information about individual films, please contact the MIFF office on +61 3 8660 4807 or email nextgen(at)

Past Next Gen programs

For more information about Next Gen, you can download a PDF of the past programs:

Next Gen 2013

Next Gen 2012

Next Gen 2011

Next Gen 2010

Next Gen 2009

Next Gen 2008

Next Gen 2007


Next Gen is proudly supported by the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM), publishers of Screen Education magazine.