Introduction to National Schools Film Week 2012
National Schools Film Week has been taking students to the cinema for over sixteen years, always ensuring they and their teachers are able to make the most of the experience: in the cinema and in the classroom.
The programme is devised by researching teachers’ informed film requests and cinema choices; often with teachers grouped into regional hubs, where programming decisions are collectively agreed upon; which often affords newer teachers the opportunity to benefit from more experienced cineastes.
The Festival continues to expand to include films from all across Europe, matching the demand from teachers to have their students exposed to different stories and storytelling styles.
We attempt to make the Festival more than just an enjoyable trip to the cinema by giving schools added talks and online resources to contextualise the films; to empower teachers by giving them the opportunity to programme which films they feel tie in with classroom learning at their local cinema and finally to encourage students to explore new worlds by seeing films they wouldn’t ordinarily choose.
Once again a huge thank you to all the teachers and students without whom the Festival would not be the success it is.
-Posted on Monday 13th August 2012