MIFF 2019 Schools Program - FREE Teachers' Webinars AND Reduced ticket prices for Member schools PDF Print E-mail

MIFF Schools is an initiative by the Melbourne International Film Festival to enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers.

In 2019, the Language of the eight films selected cover: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.

MLTAV Member Schools are offered reduced ticket price bookings ($10 per student (GST free) - normally $13 per student) plus, for teachers, 1 teacher per 10 students attends for free.

MIFF, in partnership with the MLTAV, have planned eight FREE webinars during term 2. The webinars will comprise:

- a 20-minute presentation by a film analysis specialist

- a 20-minutes presentation by a language specialist

- 20 minutes for questions and answers.

The webinars are designed to demonstrate to teachers how to work with each of the MIFF Schools film in the classroom, before and after viewing them at MIFF. MLTAV will provide Certificates of Participation to recognise Professional Learning for all teachers who participate in the live webinars, as well as those who later access and engage with the archived versions.

The link to the feddback / certificate of participation process for anyone who engages with the live or archived versions of the webinars is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MIFF_2019_Schools_Program_MLTAV_Hosted_Free_Teacher_Webinars_Feedback_Survey  


The webinars are free and participating teachers who wish to view them live and interact with the presenters will need access to the internet.

Webinar Technical Details

The webinars will be run using Adobe Connect. It's easy to join: you will just need a good internet connection, a microphone and the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to participate.

To download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (free), go to: get.adobe.com/flashplayer.

To learn more about using Adobe on a computer, download the Adobe guide. To learn more about using Adobe on a tablet device, please read the tablet guide.


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JAPANESE FILM - Okko's Inn - This charming new feature from veteran filmmaker Kitaro Kosaka - leading animator on Akira, Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and countless others - follows the adventures of Okko, a young girl dispatched to live with her grandmother in the countryside after her parents die jn a car crash. While tending to chores at grandma's traditional Japanese inn, built atop an ancient spring, Okko befriends a group of mischievous ghosts that only she can see.

With the help of her spooky new pals, Okko transforms grandma's inn and becomes something of a minor celebrity in the process, while Kitaro delivers a moving reflection on grief, selflessness and inclusivity - even when your company includes phantom spirits!

FREE teacher webinar for this film

Live Webinar - Wednesday 22 May 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Click here to view the archived version of the webinar. 
 

MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 10+

It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):

- Thursday 8 August 11am

- Wednesday 14 August 1.30pm

Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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ITALIAN FILM - Butterfly
In 2016, 18-year-old Irma "The Butterfly" Testa became Italy's first ever woman boxer to compete in the Olympics. This is her story.
Growing up in one of the poorest, most violent parts of Naples, Irma defied the odds to win Olympic selection. But selection is only the first battle: Irma must train like she never has before, and what if it's all for nothing? What is she giving up to make it happen? Can she handle the pressure of hers and others' expectations? And if she doesn't achieve her dream of a medal, what will that mean for her future?
Butterfly is an inspiring, humble film that follow Irma's path to, and through, Rio. The young boxer's complicated relationship with her chosen sport offers an extraordinary story with universal resonance, and with intimate access to both Irma and her 80-year-ole trainer Lucio, directors Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman deliver something more than your average sports documentary: in addition to questions about the price of sacrifice, personal identify and committing to a goal, the film also looks at issues of women's participation in male-dominated worlds, mentorship roles, sport as salvation, and crime in Italy.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on 
Thursday 23 May 4.30pm - 5.30pm

CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.  
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 12+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Wednesday 7 August August 1.30pm
- Tuesday 13 August 11am
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium

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GERMAN FILM - Cleo: If I Could Turn Back Time

 

The city of Berlin, and its history, star alongside a luminous Marleen Lohse in this playful, joyous and visually inventive story about a magical clock and a young woman's desire to rewind time.

Lohse (Counterpart) stars as the titular Cleo, an effervescent but emotionally guarded woman struggling to move on from the deaths of her parents: her mother died giving birth to Cleo during the fall of the Berlin Wall, while her beloved father met his fate indulging his daughter's childish whims. Now an adult, Cleo is convinced she can rewrite the past with a mythical clock and embarks on a lively adventure through time and city to track it down, helped by cheerful stranger Paul, a band of misfits and a historic treasure map.

The feature debut of award-winning short-filmmaker Erik Schmitt, Cleo: If I could Turn Back Time takes viewers on a wonderfully imagivative and uplifting journey as Cleo and Paul navigate Verlin's streets and stories, meeting an eccentric cast of characters along the way - from the city's urban legends to its most famous citizens, past and present. Using eye-popping colour, optical illusions, animation and some splendid cinematography, Schmitt weaves a delightful tale about the power of hope and the importance of imagination. 

 

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on Wednesday 29 May 4.30pm - 5.30pm

 

CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.

 

MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 10+

It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):

- Tuesday 6 August August 11am

- Monday 12 August 11am

Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium

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FRENCH FILM - Stars by the Pound

A science-obsessed teen battles negative assumptions about her body to reach for the stars in Marie-Sophie Chambon's out-of-this-world comedy.

Lois has a dream: to be an astronaut. With her fantastic maths and physics grades you would think she would be encouraged in this ambition, but the adults in her life cannot see beyond her weight and encourage her to seek a career closer to terra firma. When Lois takes to drastic measures in an attempt to become someone she's not, she meets Amelie, Stannah and Justine - three girls who also struggle with accepting themselves.

A heartfelt ode to female friendshiop and teenage dreams striving to soar above the expectations of an often-cruel world, Chambon's buoyant film humorously tackles issues of self-worth and embracing bodies of all shapes and sizes by championing the humanity of its genius heroine, magnetically portrayed by Laure Duchene.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on 
Thursday 30 May 4.30pm - 5.30pm
 
CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.

MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 10+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Monday 5 August August 11am
- Tuesday 13 August 1.30pm
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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SPANISH FILM - Days of the Whale
Debut director Catalina Arroyave won a Special Jury Mention at SXSW for this free-spirited story of young love and definance in the mean streets of Medellin, Colombia.

Cristina is a budding graffiti artist, living with her dad and his new wife in a middle-class Medellin neighbourhood. Her mother, a journalist, has fled the country after shining a spotlight on some vengeful criminal types. Cristina escapes the daily dramas at home by hanging out with fellow street artist Simon and as their friendship evolves into something more, the teens use their creative skills to take on a local gang.

With memorable performances from Laura Tobon and David Escallon as Cristina and Simon, and buoyed by an upbeat soundtrack of hip-hop and slasa-inflected music, Days of the Whale fizzes with youthful energy and verve, offering a compassionate, vibrant portrait of hope and humanity against the ever-present threat of danger in a city better known for its cartels.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on 
Wednesday 5 June 4.30pm - 5.30pm
CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.

MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 14+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Tuesday 6 August August 1.30pm
- Wednesday 14 August 11am
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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FRENCH FILM - A Colony
Winner of the Berlinale's Crystal Bear for Best Film - Generation 14plus, A Colony is the story of a young girl on the cusp of adolescence struggling with a new school, familial conflict and finding confidence in herself.

Twelve-year-old Mylia exists on the fringes of her new high school's social world. Intimidated by the fact that she buses in each day from a rural area, she views her more worldly classmates with trepidation and assumes her own inferiority. But two new friends draw the naive tween closer to the precipice of teenage experience: older, more streetsmart Jacinthe, Whose influence pushes Mylia pas her confort zone; and fellow outsider Jimmy, a member of the Abenaki people who helps Mulia to better understand herself and her place in the world.

Quebecois filmmaker Genevieve Dulude-De Celles's debut feature, a Colony is a deeply assured example of the coming-of-age genre. Poised and graceful, with a specificity of place and character that is embodied by the tremendous lead performance from emilie bierre, it marks Dulude-De Celles as a confident filmmaker to pay close attention to.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on 
Thursday 6 June 4.30pm - 5.30pm

CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 14+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Thursday 8 August August 1.30pm
- Friday 16 August 11am
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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MANDARIN FILM - Cats
Blanket and Cape are cats, father and kitten, living in a comfortable apartment in Chongqing ... until the curious Cape decides to set out on an adventure to find the legendary cat paradise, Peachtopia.

Pampered house cat Blanket has been raising Cape on his own, ever since the kitten's mother vanished. And with Cape's daring escape into the world outside their window, Blanket must not only set off in search of his impetuous young son, but must also reckon with his own past. Accompanied by a chatty parrot named Mack, the older cat confronts his fear of the outside in order to bring his son home. 

Inspired, in part, by a 4th-century Chinese fable about the myuthical source of the peach blossoms - a land in which humans and animals live in harmony, with each other and with the world around them - Cats looks gorgeous. The stunning vistas and cityscapes are based on real-world views, and rendered with exquisitely detailed CGI, while the furry and feathered cast is adorable. The bond between Blanket and his sone is touching and sweet, and the lessons both learn along the way, about each other and about the world, are layered and poignant. Featuring original songs by Chinese rockstar Xu Wei and Taiwanese pop singer Emil Chau, Cats is a memorable, atmospheric film for the whole family.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was run on 
Wednesday 12 June 4.30pm - 5.30pm

CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar. 
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 8+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Wednesday 7 August August 11am
- Thursday 15 August 11am
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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MANDARIN FILM - Long Time No Sea
Winner of the Grand Prize at the Taipei Film Awards, Yung-hui Tsui's charming debut film mixes music and drama to tell the uplifting tale of an Indigenous children's troupe training for a national dance competition.

Based on the director Yung-hui Tsui's real-life experiences, this wonderful, family-friendly musical drama centres on Manawei (Chia-chun Chung, who won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for the Best New Performer), a young boy from the Tao tribe on Taiwan's outlying Lanyu, or Orchid Island. Yearning to reunite with his father in Kaohsiung city, Manawei joins his elementary school's dance troupe, led by a thirtysomething teacher Zhong-Xun Yu, as the students prepare for their journey to the National Indigenous Dance Competition.

With its use of traditional Tao songs and a cast of almost all non-professional actors from the local Yami people, Tsui's winning debut foregrounds themes of cultural identify, family responsibility and the need to preserve Indigenous experience, while being funny, sweet and incredibly enjoyable.

The FREE teacher webinar for this film was held on 
Thursday 13 June 4.30pm - 5.30pm

CLICK HERE to view the archived version of the webinar.

MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 12+
It is screening (as part of the MIFF 2019 Schools Program):
- Friday 9 August August 11am
- Thursday 15 August 1.30pm
Both screenings will be at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
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