Shortcut Film Education Symposium 2023
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Shortcut Film Education Symposium 2023

Creative Learning Centre at the Odyssey, Belfast

Admission: Free

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Run Times & Intervals

Part 1: 1.30-5pm | Part 2: 5-6.45pm | Part 3: 6.45-8.30pm

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We are very proud to be hosting Shortcut Film Education Symposium on 21 February 2023 in our brand new Creative Learning Centre at the Odyssey, Belfast.

This free event will launch the entire programme to post primary education, the youth/community sector, mental health/social services organisations and those working with young people at risk across Northern Ireland.

Shortcut's library of European short films have been carefully curated to allow young people to engage with and explore sensitive and challenging social issues which are impacting negatively on their physical and mental health today.

The accompanying education toolkit materials have been written to provide a host of possibilities for the exploration of and creative responses to societal and personal themes and topics such as equality, mental health, racism, migration, poverty, addiction, social media, grief, the environment, sexuality, relationships, social activism, the justice system and rights.

Part 1 | 1.30pm – 5pm

This section will showcase three of the Shortcut films that deal with a variety of challenging issues bringing to the forefront the opportunity to open conversations about racism, bullying, identity, belonging, violence and the justice system.

You will be introduced to each of the films and their accompanying package of support materials as well as practical examples of how the films can be explored by young people.

  • Hydebank - includes Q&A with film director, Ross McClean.
  • Joy in People - includes Q&A with Meredith Colchester & Callum Harrison
  • Black Sheep - includes Q&A with film subject, Cornelius Walker.

There will also be a drama workshop with Bruiser Theatre Company.

*If attending this session we invite you to also stay for dinner from 5–6pm, please confirm this upon booking along with your dietary requirements.

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Joy of People
Black Sheep
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Part 2 | 5pm – 6.45pm

Open to all to attend.

This section includes a dinner (5pm–6pm) and a screening of “Stay Alive” with Q&A session with playwright, poet and journalist Clare Dwyer Hogg and actor Stephen Rea.

The film was released to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 and is imagined as a direct message to someone who is considering taking their own life.

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Clare Dwyer Hogg and Stephen Rea.
Clare Dwyer Hogg
Stephen Rea
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Part 3 | 6.45pm – 8pm

These workshops are aimed at teachers, they will give a taster of the Shortcut lessons and resources. They give the opportunity to experience some of the creative activities that have been developed for the classroom.

If you are booking Workshop 1 it is advised that you should also attend Part 2 of the Symposium as this workshop is based on the film “Stay Alive” screened at 6pm. Please book a free spot separately above.

  • Workshop 1 - Exploring Poetry and Drama with “Stay Alive”
  • Workshop 2 - Using Shortcut for Moving Image Arts
  • Workshop 3 - Using Shortcut at KS3

Please note all workshops run at the same time so you will only be able to attend one. Availability is limited and we are expecting large numbers to attend, please register and book early.

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(Workshop 1) Blackout and Collage Poetry - Words to Live By
(Workshop 2) Using Shortcut for Moving Image Arts
(Workshop 3) Using Shortcut at KS3
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The Nerve Shortcut Film Education Programme has been developed and created over the past 3 years with funding from Creative Europe Media Fund, Erasmus, Department of Communities and Northern Ireland Screen.

The Shortcut website hosts all the 20 European short films and interdisciplinary educational material. Register as a teacher below and log in for full access to all the films and resources.

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