The Melbourne International Youth Film Festival (MIYFF) is a brand new film festival, presenting the work of the youth of today. Our festival is made by young people, for young people with the entire behind the scenes team, all current students studying The Festival Experience unit at RMIT University. Our festival aims to connect filmmakers to the wider filmmaking world.

Facilitated by Cerise Howard, co-founder of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival and Melbourne’s Trans and Gender-Diverse Film Festival, the class of The Festival Experience has gone above and beyond the call of action to create a festival that may very well be a mainstay in Melbourne’s festival circuit.  MIYFF is the only festival of its kind in Melbourne, offering exposure opportunities solely to young filmmakers.

Our Mission

“MIYFF is a platform to highlight the successes of young filmmakers, and celebrate their creations. As future directors, there is little opportunity for young producers to have their films shown on the big screen. We want to celebrate diversity at an international level, and will make a point to show films that tell a wide range of stories.”

Our Vision

“The vision for MIYFF is to build a young network of film-makers globally. We feel that there is so much talent out there, with promise never realized due to lacking an industry entry point. Films can’t be seen if they are given no screen. We seek a world where young filmmakers feel their dreams can become reality. We hope to work collectively with prospective supports in delivering this vision.”

Venue Partners


Media Partners

Creative Partners

Melbourne International Youth Film Festival acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the festival. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

Melbourne International Youth Film Festival also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

We are grateful for the art made by Indigenous artists both past and present, and acknowledge the impact their work has had on the works we are showing.