An Epic Cinematic Adventure for Schools as Foyle Film Festival Launches its Education Programme for 2017

An Epic Cinematic Adventure for Schools as Foyle Film Festival Launches its Education Programme for 2017

The nine-day bumper programme, running from 20 November to November 30, will coincide with the main Foyle Film Festival programme, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a host of special events, screenings and guests.

Themes of friendship, family, adventure and growing up are all explored in the primary programme, which begins with the magical animation The Star 3D, the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. While in The Jungle Bunch a group of animal friends must work together to save their beloved jungle from destruction.


The magical and exciting world of action heroes and adventurers will be brought into the classroom offering pupils the chance to work together to create an animation using the feature film The Lego Ninjago Movie as inspiration. In this exciting workshop, the young people will work together to tell their Good vs Evil story using iPads, stop motion, green screen and editing software.

As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the festival, the post-primary programmes looks at other key milestones such as India's independence from the British Empire in 1947 and the 20th anniversary screening of the Holocaust film, Life Is Beautiful.


Life Is Beautiful | Official Trailer (HD)


Also featuring is a special screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin with, schedule permitting, a special introduction by the star of the movie Domhnall Gleeson. Everyone has a memory of Winnie the Pooh from their childhood, but the author A. A. Milne himself was something of a mystery. The film provides a rare glimpse into his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.


Goodbye Christopher Robin | Official HD Trailer | 2017


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is the follow up to the Academy Award® winning An Inconvenient Truth, which brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture. Former Vice President Al Gore carries on his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions.


On 22 November, the festival will acknowledge the fantastic work produced by young Moving Image Arts students at CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase in Brunswick Moviebowl. Each winning filmmaker will be presented with a unique award handcrafted by City of Derry Crystal.

'As Foyle Film Festival celebrates this special milestone year, I’m delighted to be once again presenting an extensive education programme for primary and post-primary schools.

‘This is an opportunity for schools to extend the learning outside of the classroom and to use the medium of film to encourage and promote conversation about of range of issues, some closer to home and others that resonate worldwide. ‘As Al Gore argues: “Film is the best way to deliver a powerful message”.

‘Demand for the wide-range of screenings, workshops and special events is expected to be high therefore we’re encouraging schools and colleges to register their interest early.’

- Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival director and programmer


Foyle Film Festival is funded by Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council. The Festival acknowledges the ongoing support of City of Derry Crystal, and venue partner Brunswick Moviebowl.

For education bookings please call the Festival box office at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562. Check out our What's On for more information on screenings.