Melbourne International Film Festival is committed to improving access for everyone. The Festival offers a range of accessible services and facilities across our venues, screenings and events in order to ensure that all film lovers have access to quality cinema experiences.
If you have an access enquiry or requirement, or would like more information please contact MIFF's Access Officer at access(at)miff.com.au or alternatively call the MIFF Box Office on 03 8660 4898.
In 2018 we offered a selection of films that screened with Open Captions, films that were 100% subtitled, talks that were Auslan interpreted and sessions that had Audio Description tracks available. Please see below for more information.
To assist patrons who are Deaf or hard of hearing to engage with MIFF's program, select sessions will screen with Open Captions available. Open Captioned screenings include captions or subtitles that dictate any spoken word or sound effect in the film.
To ensure the most suitable viewing seats are reserved please book through the Box Office. The Box Office can be contacted by email at boxoffice(at)miff.com.au or by phone on 03 8660 4898. MIFF is also contactable through the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the film appear as ‘standby’, contact the Box Office and quote the code ‘ACCESS MIFF’, as additional tickets may be available.
For those who have low vision or are blind, Audio Description (AD) services provide additional narration which describe key visual content of the film.
Audio Description tracks include narration throughout the film, describing key action and information on screen. Narration occurs during the natural pauses in the audio, and sometimes during dialogue if deemed necessary. At the accessible locations the signal is sent to a receiver that is worn by the user as a headset.
MIFF is working closely with the hundreds of filmmakers who are presenting their work at this year's festival to establish which titles will offer Audio Description.
Auslan Interpreted Events
To assist the Deaf Community in engaging with MIFF's program of films and events, Auslan Interpreters will be present at a selection of talks and special events during the festival.
To ensure the most suitable viewing seats are reserved please book through the Box Office. The Box Office can be contacted by email at access(at)miff.com.au or by phone on 03 8660 4898.
Many films screening at MIFF are subtitled and without any spoken English Language, including some films that are silent or that have no dialogue.
Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome in all cinemas at MIFF.
See Booking Information and services available.
See Transport Information (including accessible transport and parking options)
See Venue Information (including accessible specifications of all MIFF venues)