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World's biggest film festival for schools returns to Reigate
12:19pm Friday 28th September 2012 in News
The world's largest film festival for schools will return to Reigate next month.
Film Education’s National Schools Film Week will be in town from Monday, October 15, to Friday, October 26, with free cinema showings for local schoolchildren. The goal of the UK-wide festival is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students, that links directly to elements of the curriculum. The festival is supported by an on-line library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics – essentially an extension of the classroom. Last year, 470,000 students and their teachers attended the festival, which operates on a scale and with a degree of sophistication unknown in any other country – 2,500 screenings at 570 cinemas across the UK.
This year, the event will mark its 17th birthday.
Nick Walker, festival director of National Schools Film Week, said: “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 amongst 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.”
This year's festival programme at the Reigate Screen in Bancroft Road, Reigate, will see box office hit Brave (PG) shown, in a presentation also suitable for sensory impaired children.
Teachers can book their tickets online at: www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org Film Education, a charity founded in 1985, reaches more than two million schoolchildren aged from four to 19 in an average year, regardless of economic, cultural or social background. It produces BAFTA winning and curriculum-based resources, and runs cutting-edge teacher training events, as well as producing the world's largest festival for cinema and young people, National Schools Film Week.