Film festival for children

GAINSBOROUGH pupils will be heading to special film screenings this month as part of National Schools Film Week.

Gainsborough Trinity Arts will be hosting the programme, with showings of The Muppets on Wednesday 17th, Brave on Thursday 18th and Dr Seuss’ The Lorax on Friday 19th October.

The festival, which runs nationally from 15th to 26th October, aims to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a ‘powerful’ experience for students which links directly to elements of the curriculum.

This will be supported by an on-line library of resources related to individual films and general topics.

Festival director Nick Walker said it offered exciting opportunities for both teachers and pupils.

“The festival seeks to create a greater awareness and understanding of cinema based on the concept of relationships and dialogues in a variety of films, address issues of cultural exchange and raise awareness among teaching professionals of the use of film across the school curriculum,” he said.

“This is achieved by in-cinema talks and on-line resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds.”

The Film Education charity, which runs National Schools Film Week, has been bringing film to teachers and pupils, producing BAFTA-winning resources and running teacher training events for schools across the country since 1985.

Teachers can book their tickets for the festival online at www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org

For more information call Trinity Arts Centre on 01427 676655.