Foyle Film Festival Education Programme 2016

A two-week programme of film screenings and digital skills workshops, aimed at children and young people, has been launched by the Foyle Film Festival.

Running from November 14-18, the curriculum-focused programme will explore themes such as magic, wonder, friendship, adventure, travel and relationships.

Highlights include a primary screening of Kubo And The Two Strings, the animated stop-motion aadventure, featuring Moville teenager Art Parkinson, as the Japanese boy who makes a living for himself and his mother by telling tales to the local townsfolk. The film, which will screen in Brunswick Moviebowl on Monday, November 14, focuses on unity and family, and explores the very broad ideas of home and stories. 

A special screening of visionary director Tim Burton’s latest movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, also features in the post-primary programme.

Life, Animated is the wondrous true story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This inspirational film provides parents and teachers with a great insight into working with children with autism.

As well as screenings in Brunswick Moviebowl and Nerve Centre, the festival education programme takes films and workshops right into school classrooms.

The Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre team will give primary students a unique opportunity to explore the festival themes by creating their own animations or soundtrack using iPads and editing software.

The Nerve Centre’s award-winning Creative Centenaries project are also offering a series of digital workshops, exploring the Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme using animations, comic books and podcasting.

Demand for the wide-range of screenings and workshops is expected to be high therefore schools and colleges are encouraged to register their interest well in advance. For further information please call the festival box office at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562.

On Saturday, November 19 families can enjoy a special screening of family favouritePaddington accompained by a teddy bear's picnic. Bring along a picnic (marmalade optional) and your bears for this one-off event. 

The festival is funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City and Strabane District Council. Venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

The main Foyle Film Festival programme runs from Wednesday November 16 to Sunday November 20 and further details will be announced soon.

For further information contact Christopher Morrison at, or tel; 028 7126 0562.

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