SYN reviews films for MIFF

Thirteen films are featuring in this year’s Next Gen program, as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.Next Gen was established in 2007 to “enrich the cinema experience for younger viewers, and to stimulate discussion and social awareness,” according to the MIFF website.Unlike most films in the festival, the Next Gen films are approved for screening by the Australian Classification Board and open to all ages; viewers younger than 15, however, must have an adult guardian present.SYN Reviews was given the opportunity to review some of the films on offer in the lead up to the festival, which starts this Thursday.Foxfire is a film about an avenging girl gang in 1950s New York; What Richard Did deals with issues of teen violence and responsibility; Blackbird delves into adolescent feelings of alienation in an age where social media is prevalent; and I Declare War is an interesting war-influenced take on children’s game capture the flag. Click on the links above to read a review of each film.MIFF runs until August 11. For more information and details on how to buy tickets visit

July 22nd 2013
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