Festival unleashes the power of film education in London
How can young people access the local industry talent? And more importantly, why should they choose to spend their time watching a film over and above the dozens of other forms of entertainment available to them. What does film have to offer?
17 October 2014
(Images courtesy: Into Film)
London boasts an
opulent film culture and a rich cinematic heritage – one need only see the
mosaics of Alfred Hitchcock classics at his old local tube stop in Leytonstone to
recognise that. Now of course, the eyes of the film world are firmly fixed on
the capital, with the 58th BFI London Film Festival in full swing.
But how can young
people access all this local industry talent? And more importantly, why should they choose to spend their
time watching a film over and above the dozens of other forms of entertainment
available to them. What does film have to offer?
The key word for us
is “engagement”. A great film is an immediate and arresting thing, something
that can stop you dead in your tracks and consider something that previously
had seemed irrelevant – be that a social issue, a different culture or a
Take The Imitation Game as an example — a new
breed of British thriller that had the distinction of opening the London Film
Festival this year. Focusing on Alan Turing, the genius who cracked the enigma
code and was instrumental in Britain’s World War Two effort. Films like this
are a gateway to further study, broadening the horizons of their entire audience.
That’s why film and
education charity Into Film is currently joining the umbrella parade at
premieres and press junkets enabling London’s young students to talk to some of
the talent involved. Young reporter Lily was present at the gala
screening of The Imitation Game,
speaking directly to Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and more
about how the film can impart a number of valuable lessons to young people.
Into Film Festival screenings
and Q&As will take place not just in local multiplexes, but also in unusual
spaces like the Victoria and Albert Museum where students can enjoy a screening
of Belle alongside a visit to the
Too good to be
true? Our festival programme keeps growing….
The cornerstone of
the Into Film Festival is the educational power of film, enabling 300,000 young
people, aged from 5-19 attending the festival to watch, make and learn through
and about film – for free.
There are numerous
screenings and events taking place across the Capital, set to engage young
people in the subject of the film and learn more about the filmmaking process
and film industry itself, including Q&As with film industry professionals
such as Harry Potter director David
Yates, actors Imelda Staunton and Jason Flemyng, VFX specialists and an
opportunity to learn about the animation process with editor Mark Soloman. Events also include a BBFC Q&A on film
classification followed by a screening of Oscar-wining film Gravity, a screening of Pride followed by a debate with Debate
Mate linking to Parliament Week, a glimpse into space with the Royal Astronomical
Society and screening of Space Station 3D
and talks with Oxfam and UNICEF UK.
There is a wide variety of films to start and progress young people of
all ages on their film journey, including
The Maze Runner, Fruitvale Station, The Railway Man, Maleficent, The Boxtrolls,
Frozen, Les Enfants de Timpelbach, Dallas Buyers Club, The Armstrong Lie,
Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, Wadjda and many more. Plus, a range of educational
resources are available to assist educators with pre and post event discussions
festival saw 200,000 young people attending screenings and events across the
UK, and 71% of teachers surveyed after the Festival said they were more likely
to use film or cinema to support curriculum delivery.
actor and Londoner Helena Bonham Carter (The
King’s Speech, Les Misérables, Harry Potter) says; "Film is such a fantastic medium, it can bring you to places and
show you places...immerse you in a world of stories. Storytelling is the most
important thing as it's lasted for so long. It's just another way of telling a
story but amazingly compulsive. I find it fascinating, I mean you just have to
sit there and it comes to you and if it's part of a free festival... even
A UK-wide programme
of learning through and about film. We provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled
opportunities to see, think, make and imagine. We aim to put film at the
heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their cultural,
creative and personal development.
Joining Into Film
is free for all UK state funded schools and colleges settings, and is supported
by the BFI through Lottery funding and support from the film industry.
Young people and
teachers access free film learning programme including CPD training, resources,
filmmaking opportunities, one-to-one support and a curated catalogue of over
Into Film is also
working with Arts Award to encourage young people taking part in film clubs and
filmmaking activities to achieve arts accreditation. Find out about Into Film's
Arts Award offer and use the joint mapping resources to help you link your Into
Film activities with Arts Award Discover & Explore and
the Bronze Award.