Foyle Film Festival’s Education Programme - Inspiring Future Audiences

Foyle Film Festival’s Education Programme - Inspiring Future Audiences

Schools, students and young people from across the North West will be taking their learning out of the classroom and into the cinema, as part of the Foyle Film Festival’s dedicated education programme.

The curriculum-focused programme, running from 17-28 November, will coincide with the main Foyle Film Festival programme, and will see schools participate in screenings, workshops and special guests events, all exploring the festival theme of Secret Lives.

The primary school programme approaches the theme through the magical and exciting world of action heroes and adventurers whose ordinary lives often mask their superhero alter egos – such as Superman and Wonder Woman. Highlights include the screening of The Snow Queen, the dazzling story that inspired Frozen and Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, based on the novel of the same name.

The programme will also encourage young people to get involved in practical hands-on workshops such as, creating their own animations using iPads in the classroom or, by designing their own superhero t-shirts in FabLab, and exploring historical events as part of the Nerve Centre’s Creative Centenaries programme.

The post-primary programme delves into the real lives of individuals whose everyday behaviour provided no clues to a completely secret existence such as renowned street art photographer Vivian Maier (Finding Vivian Maier) and the famed pacifist Vera Brittain (A Testament of Youth).

In a never-before-seen screening of Night Will Fall, introduced by producer Sally Angel, the true hell of the Holocaust is revealed and the denial by ordinary Germans that they had any knowledge of the Concentration Camps is exposed. Sally will also take part in a post-screening discussion with students. The annual festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director, said: 'We are delighted to be once again presenting this extensive education programme as part of Foyle Film Festival. Through Nerve Centre projects like Creative Centenaries, we have the opportunity to delve deep in to this year’s festival theme, Secret Lives. We’re also keen that the programme gives young people the chance to be hands on in a production-type role and learn of important issues at the same time through the medium of film.'

Demand for the wide-range of screenings, workshops and special events is expected to be high therefore organisers are encouraging schools and colleges to register their interest early.

For further information please call the Festival box office at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562.

The main Foyle Film Festival programme runs from 19-23 November. For more information visit

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