Major Film Education Survey Results Revealed at Nerve Centre

Major Film Education Survey Results Revealed at Nerve Centre

50 delegates from all over Europe gather in Derry-Londonderry to discuss the future of film education in Europe.  The event, Screening Literacy, marks the launch of a survey of film education in 32 European countries that was funded by the European Commission’s MEDIA Unit in 2012, and carried out by a consortium of partners led by the BFI (British Film Institute).

The survey analysed responses from 50 respondents that assessed the factors which make for successful film education programmes in school, after school, and outside school.  The survey found that successful film education programmes operate where there is a rich background film culture, a joint endorsement of film education from Education and Culture ministries, a commitment to teacher development, and robust evaluation processes in place.  Countries that share these features include Scandinavian countries, France, and Northern Ireland.

The event features presentations from Belfast-born filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins based on his new film A Story of Children and Film, in official selection at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Mark said: ‘Northern Ireland is a wonderful place to watch and study film.  I am so pleased to be screening work in Derry-Londonderry; it’s a great time to be young and engaging in the most magical of artforms.’

BFI Head of Education, Mark Reid, said: “The host city for the launch was chosen because Derry-Londonderry is the UK’s City of Culture in 2013, but also because Northern Ireland Screen’s film education strategy, A Wider Literacy, was found by our survey to be one of the most successful and long established strategies of its kind in Europe.  We are delighted therefore that Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, will present the findings of the 10 Year Review of A Wider Literacy.”  

Bernard said:  ‘Northern Ireland Screen is delighted to have been recognised in the BFI survey as an example of how film education can best be integrated both inside and outside school.  This has been central to our work over the last ten 10 years and we are now seeing some really positive outcomes as a result. Teachers and schools are receiving high quality training through our Creative Learning Centre programmes and children and young people have opportunities to see a much wider range of film as a result of our work’.

Mark Cousins will also show his short film Dear George Melies, made with a group of 8 and a half year old children as a love letter to the originator of the magic of cinema.  Ireland’s mobile cinema, the Cinemobile, will be the host venue for the films screening at the seminar.  Young people from Filmclubs in Northern Ireland will come to the screenings. 

Screening Literacy will also hear from Bronagh Walton of the European Commission’s MEDIA Unit, about the funding priorities for Creative Europe, the 7-year funding programme for arts, culture and media that opens in January 2014.

Hosting the event in the Nerve Centre will give film educators from across Europe the opportunity to spend time in one of Europe’s most vibrant youth arts and media venues.  Nerve Centre’s Head of Education John Peto said: ‘The Nerve Centre is delighted to host this event. It provides us with a great opportunity to learn from the best in Europe and to bring those benefits to our young people is terrific. The quality of the delegates and films will leave a lasting impact here’.

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