A film learning programme has been launched with the aim of supporting the educational and cultural development of students across the UK.
Into Film will offer opportunities for students aged from five to 19 to watch, make and critique films as well as training and resources for teachers to help them use film in the classroom. The curriculum-linked resources will be available free to all schools and will be tailored to match the curricula of all the home nations.
The training and CPD will be provided both online and face-to-face, and an initial pilot programme has been launched in conjunction with the National Union of Teachers.
Other activities as part of the programme will include film watching in clubs, festivals, cinemas and special events, and associated activities such as post-screening discussions and Q&A sessions with industry professionals.
The charity was launched earlier this month during a special event at Westminster Academy in London attended by actor Eddie Redmayne. It has been made possible after the British Film Institute contributed £26 million of Lottery funding over four years to fund Into Film’s work.
Into Film has brought together the work of film education charities FILMCLUB and First Light. The new organisation will continue to support the national network of film clubs in UK state schools, giving them free access to a catalogue of films and film-based resources.
In addition, new online resources will enable teachers and pupils to explore film-making through commissioned projects, competitions, training, and the chance to interact with film-making professionals.
As part of this, the “See It, Make It” project has commissioned 60 film-makers to work with clusters of schools to stimulate and facilitate film-making.
Elsewhere, “behind the scenes” projects will offer access to the film industry through club and school visits, cinema events and interviews with film-makers, while a talent development programme will give training in film reviewing, reporting and interviewing, and programming for festivals and clubs.
The Into Film programme will be delivered with the help of a website offering interactive modules, teaching and learning tools and tutorials with industry practitioners. This website will be phased in from the autumn.
Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film, said: “Film is the richest of educational resources: because of its extraordinary production values in which art, science and technology meet; its synthesis of art forms to tell compelling stories; and the enormous historic, literary, geographic, linguistic, cultural and social value and relevance these stories embody, which speak across age, class, gender and background.”
For details on Into Film, visit www.intofilm.org and for more on starting a school film club see www.filmclub.org CAPTION: Action: Actor Eddie Redmayne is interviewed by Westminster Academy student Eronita Bequiri