Film Clubs: Film clubs give children and young people the space to watch, discuss and review films, as well as the professional training and online resources to make their own. They are free for state funded schools and non-school settings, such as youth clubs, cinemas and libraries. This is a great launch pad for introducing young people to film, as well as boosting literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking skills.
Watching Films: From a catalogue of over 4,000 age-appropriate films to an annual UK-wide film festival and year-round programme of cinema-based screenings and events, we give children and young people the chance to explore and develop their understanding of film. Watching films in the communal environment of their clubs or enjoying the wonder of the big screen at the cinema, we help them experiment with different genres, eras and styles and in doing so develop a lifelong relationship with film. We believe that watching films plays a key role in helping young people examine their lives and the world around them, and discover cultures beyond their own.
Filmmaking: Filmmaking is an accessible and highly effective medium for engaging young minds, developing creativity and enriching understanding of film through active participation. By bringing children and young people together with a common purpose, it is also proven to make a valuable contribution to social development and learning essential life skills. Through outreach projects, competitions, training, online resources and interactions with filmmaking professionals, we provide the support required to facilitate filmmaking. Whether it's a film for a school project or by a young person wanting to pursue a career as a filmmaker, we offer the guidance to enable them to tell and share their story.
Resources: Our programme includes the creation of high-quality, diverse and innovative resources available for free to all schools and educators, that are designed to work both in and outside of school to enrich the learning experience of children and young people. These imaginative and effective materials for learning both through and about film enrich the learning experience of young people and give educators dynamic tools to bring subjects, issues and debates alive. They are tailored to fit the curriculum criteria of each British nation. By promoting the use of film in the advancement of children and young people's learning we hope to increase the number of educators using this powerful medium. Consulting with educators in all settings and harnessing digital innovation will play a key role in the construction of each and every resource. Meet The Industry: We give children and young people an intimate understanding of film and filmmaking by providing them with regular access to the film industry. Through the fantastic support we receive from the film industry, professionals from directors and actors through to all areas of production pay regular visits to our clubs and schools, answering young people's questions and illuminating the challenges and rewards of their profession. These events are complemented by interactive interviews with filmmakers and are available for all to view on our websites.
Talent Development: Participants in our Talent Development scheme enjoy training in film reviewing, reporting and programming that prepares them for reviewing films before anyone else, interviewing the stars on the red carpet and advising on the selection of films at festivals. They also have access to vocational training and careers advice, key steps to gaining the skills and experience to aid their personal development and achieve employment in the film industry and creative industry
Training and Development: Teachers, youth leaders and practitioners are key to the delivery of our programme, which is why we provide a wide range of opportunities to receive training and continued professional development. Through online modules and face-to-face CPD sessions, we will empower teachers with the knowledge and resources to use film as a teaching tool across the curriculum. Our commitment to training is also available for film club leaders and includes advice and support on selecting appropriate films, advise on post-screening discussions and how to introduce filmmaking activities.