Film festival for schools is returning

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The world’s largest film festival for schools is returning as of next Thursday

School children will be amongst young people going to the cinema free of charge throughout the UK during Film Education’s National Schools Film Week.

The Festival’s goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum – supported by an on-line library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics – essentially an extension of the classroom.

Over 473,000 students and their teachers attended the Festival in 2010 and this year the Festival, which operates on a scale and with a degree of sophistication unknown in any other country – 2,500 screenings at 570 cinemas across the UK – celebrates its 16th birthday.’

Nick Walker, Festival Director, National Schools Film Week, said: “Our hope is for teachers and students to feel massively engaged in the Festival, as it is an incredible opportunity not only to build the adventurous, film-loving audience of the future but also to develop the kinds of passion in young people more likely to make them more receptive to this collectively experienced art form.

“This is achieved by in-cinema talks and on-line resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds.

Teachers can book their FREE tickets on-line at