Foyle Film Festival Education Programme
Schools, students and young people from across the North West will be taken on a round-the-world cinematic adventure next month as the Foyle Film Festival launches its annual dedicated education programme. Now in its 31st year, the programme includes a diverse range of local and international films, presentations and hands-on workshops.
This year's bumper programme will run alongside the main Foyle Film Festival Programme, which is celebrating its 31st year with a host of special screenings, events and guests. Dealing with an eclectic array of concepts and themes, from magic and adventure, to friendship, bravery and social awareness, the Festival Educational Programme has something to offer children of all ages. Our primary programme begins with Smallfoot, an animated adventure with a star-studded cast which tells the story of Migo the friendly Yeti, whilst the feature film Luis and the Aliens sees our young protagonist set out on a quest to help his extraterrestrial friends back to their mothership. The exciting world of everyone's favourite supernatural family, The Incredibles, will be brought into the classroom, offering pupils the chance to work as a team to create an alternative soundtrack to a sequence from The Incredibles 2. The programme also engages with important historical events. The Making History 1918 exhibition at the Tower Museum explores some of the key events from the 1918-1919 period including the suffrage movement and the end of the First World War. A programme of workshops, teaching skills such as coding and digital design, are being offered to schools linked to themes from the exhibition.
Our range of programmes on offer for post primary students touches on similar concepts, with a screening of Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about the First World War containing never-before-seen original footage. The festival will also pay tribute to the important role of women in film, with screenings of The Guardians and RBG, a documentary navigating the life of the octogenarian U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and highlighting her role as a lifelong champion of women's rights. To celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the launch of the Moving Image Arts (MIA) showcase, in collaboration with CCEA, the Festival will introduce the Moving Image Arts Student Programme at this year's Shorts to Features Conference. The showcase celebrates the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of the MIA students.
A full list of the screenings and workshops available can be found in the programme below.