Foyle Film Festival’s Launches Month-Long Education Programme

Foyle Film Festival’s Launches Month-Long Education Programme

From sandy African landscapes to the cobblestones of Paris, young people from across the local area will be taken on a cinematic journey of adventure in next month’s Foyle Film Festival Education Programme.

Running from Monday 2 – Friday 27 November, the curriculum-focused programme will offer a host of films from across the world, industry guests and a series of digital workshops to help bring students into the heart of the annual Foyle Film Festival.

Special guests include Sarah Gavron, director of the eagerly anticipated film Suffragette, who will take part in a Q&A discussion following the screening at Brunswick Moviebowl. With an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the film tells the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement. 

Aneeta Prem, President of Freedom Charity will also be in attendance in discuss the documentary He Named Me Malala, a portrait of 18-year old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls' education in Pakistan.

As well as screenings in Brunswick Moviebowl and Nerve Centre, the festival education programme takes films and workshops right into school classrooms.

Throughout November the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre team will give students a unique opportunity to use fun ICT skills in the classroom in order to explore the festival themes. Primary school pupils are offered the chance to create their own animations or soundtrack using iPads, while post-primary Moving Image Arts (MIA) students can join the specialised workshop looking at the special effects industry and will learn how it has changed dramatically over the years.

Once again this year’s programme will open the doors to the FabLab encouraging young people to get involved in practical hands-on workshops such as, creating and designing their own clock, and for post-primary students, their own small merchandise products.

Other highlights include digital workshops, delivered by the Nerve Centre’s award-winning Creative Centenaries project, exploring and learning about the Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme using animations, comic books and film-making activities.



Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Flilm Festival Director and Programmer said: 'The Festival’s education programme is specially designed with a dynamic mix of learning opportunities to encourage students to learn and understand more about events, history, society and much more through film, but also through using digital technologies.

'Demand for the wide-range of screenings, workshops and special events is expected to be high therefore we’re encouraging schools and colleges to register their interest well in advance. For further information please call the Festival box office at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562.'

The festival is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City and Strabane District Council and venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen: 'The Foyle Film Festival has, once again, shown flair and enthusiasm in programming a superb and eclectic educational programme of screenings and events.  Through our continued core funding, supported by DCAL, Northern Ireland Screen acknowledges the Festival and the Nerve Centre as key components in our efforts to achieve our goal of making a significant contribution to film culture, education and training and within reach and of value to the most socially disadvantaged.'

The main Foyle Film Festival programme runs from Wednesday November 18 to Sunday November 22 and further details will be announced soon on

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