Film education scheme launches in Scotland

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A UK-wide scheme to engage children and young people through the power of film has launched in Scotland with funding of £500,000.

Into Film Scotland, backed by the British Film Institute, will make thousands of films freely available to pupils throughout the country, as well as supporting their own efforts to create features, documentaries, music videos and other films. 

The scheme will also bring curriculum materials into the classroom so that teachers and pupils can discuss films they watch in new clubs that will be set up.

Paul Reeve, chief executive officer of Into Film, told the launch at St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow last week that the medium was a tremendous resource.

“Its compelling stories have enormous historic, literary, geographic, linguistic, cultural and social value and the relevance these stories embody speaks across age, class, gender and background,” he said.

Into Film’s Scotland ambassador, the BAFTA and Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald, said it was important to nurture and educate the upcoming generation of talented young filmmakers so they could understand and embrace all the opportunities available on their doorstep.

“Films have the capacity to take you to a magical place and I remember queueing up in Sauchiehall Street (in Glasgow) with great excitement to see the first Star Wars film.

“Harnessing the enthusiasm young people have for films and allowing them to discuss the themes that lie behind them is a vital educational tool.”

The project, which has already been rolled out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has also been backed by other leading figures in the industry including the actor Ewan McGregor.

Other organisations involved include Scottish Film, Creative Scotland and Education Scotland. 

Pupils will also get opportunities to develop skills such as writing film reviews, as well as visiting sets and receiving information on various careers in the industry.

As part of its outreach programme, Into Film is working with young people in Shetland and Edinburgh aged 14 to 19 who are unable to access mainstream education.

It has also run a number of pilot film clubs at 25 schools and youth groups in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunbartonshire, Perthshire, Banffshire and Fife.

Into Film has also launched a new Commonwealth Through Film teaching resource as part of the official education programme for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It enables teachers and students to explore the culture and identity of Commonwealth countries in the run-up to the Games.

For further information see www.intofilm.org


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