Harpurs Hill Primary School Announced as Into Film Club Review Writing Competition Winner

Harpurs Hill Primary School Announced as Into Film Club Review Writing Competition Winner

Harpurs Hill Primary School in Coleraine is the worthy winner of the Into Film Club Review Writing competition that took place recently involving over 1000 pupils across the Northwest.

Into Film Club is a Northern Ireland Screen schools initiative designed to reduce disadvantage and is funded by the Department of Communities. The scheme is managed by Cinemagic and the Nerve Centre, in partnership with Into Film. The scheme offers offers a free film club service aimed at promoting film education opportunities for primary and secondary schools across Northern Ireland.

Young film buffs got their chance to review the new Disney Pixar smash Coco at screens across Northern Ireland as part of a fortnight of special film screenings and iPad animation workshops for Into Film Club schools.

The winning review by Harpurs Hill used the latest in ipad and green screen techniques to enable pupils to give their verdict in a novel new way.

Speaking on behalf of Harpurs Hill Primary School, Film Club leader and P7 teacher Jeff Scott said:

'When we returned to class he children were buzzing about the Coco movie and couldn't wait to get back and talk about it. I didn't want to ruin that excitement by introducing a formal writing task so decided we could just as effectively discuss the plot, key characters and our overall thoughts and record these thoughts as videos. The children also loved having the opportunities to choose their own backdrops and edit their own short clips.'

Speaking on behalf of Into Film Club at the Nerve Centre, Eavan King said:

‘We had such fun recently meeting so many students from school across Northern Ireland and got to see a great movie in Coco which was a worthy Oscar winner last week. Harpurs Hill used creative media techniques to put their reviews across in an engaging and creative way which is what Into Film Club is all about’.

Other schools that performed well in competition and received a special recognition award included St Johns Primary School Dernaflaw, Maguiresbridge Primary School, St Josephs Boys College Enniskillen, St Eugenes Primary School Strabane and St Colmcilles Primary School Claudy.

Eavan concluded:

‘To see the level of interest and enthusiasm for film from schools as part of this programme is great and exactly what we try to achieve. Into Film Club wants to provide young film lovers with better access to a wider range of films, film educational resources and filmmaking opportunities that they can enjoy with their friends and classmates’.

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