Magazine article Screen International

National Schools Film Week Draws Record Audiences

Magazine article Screen International

National Schools Film Week Draws Record Audiences

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This year's National Schools Film Week drew more than half a million pupils and has drawn praise from Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

The UK event, run by film industry-funded organisation Film Education, saw attendance rise 14% on last year and notched up 538,468 attendances from children of primary and secondary school age.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said: "National Schools Film Week is an excellent way of helping young people engage with great cinema and I am very pleased it has had such a successful year."

A programme of films screenings and talks was held across 530 cinemas - 71% of all UK cinemas -and hosted pupils from 4,165 schools from Oct 15-26.

A total of 180 films were screened and included Mike Newell's Great Expectations, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist.

First visit

Figures from Film Education reveal that it was the first visit to the cinema for 15% of the schoolchildren.

Now in its 17th year, the event aims to give pupils the experience of seeing a film in the cinema accompanied by talks from film-makers, cinema managers, education officers and academics.

These included events with writer Michael Morpugo (Private Peaceful, War Horse) and film-makers Mike Newell and Allison Abbate (Frankenweenie).

The film week featured 177 supporting events for both schoolchildren and teachers, offering access to an online library of resources linked directly to the curriculum. …

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