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The Film Buff Challenge is a brand new way to expand your members viewing horizons and challenge viewing habits in your club.
The Film Buff framework provides support and encourages pupils to expand their film knowledge and experiment with their film selection, recognising and rewarding more adventurous choices. By introducing young people to a wider variety of film you can help them discover classic stories, open their eyes to other worlds and cultures, and nurture a life-long love of cinema.
The main catalogue is very, so big it's easy to lose your way. With this list I know I'm definitely picking the right films. The children are really excited and it has introduced both me and them to new films we would never have watched otherwise.Caroline Callan, teacher and Film Buff Challenge participant at St. Columba's Primary School, Northern Ireland
The Film Buff collection of films is a specially curated list of 300 titles that have been chosen with our young audience in mind. The aim is to challenge members to watch a variety of key genres and titles from across film history. The film collection is divided into each of the following age-groups - 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 - and within each one you will find films that fit the following categories:
Clubs participating in the Film Buff Challenge will receive a special wall chart to help track their progress, and after having screened and responded to five eligible titles, club members will be sent a Silver Film Buff award, with a further five films earning Gold status. The top level Platinum Award is gained by watching 15 films.
The Film Buff Challenge ran as a pilot in Northern Ireland, and was very popular with those that took part. Paul Scowcroft, a club leader from Bridge integrated Primary School, said: "In our Film Club, we have always tried to vary our viewing so that the children get to watch movies that perhaps they wouldn't normally go to see at the pictures or even on a DVD at home. The Film Buff scheme gave our choices validation. It demonstrated that just as much pleasure could be taken out of viewing a compilation of very early Buster Keaton movies, as could be gained whilst watching Big Hero 6 or How to Train your Dragon."
Film critic Mark Kermode, who was in Belfast recently, was also impressed by and supportive of the project:
Cinema is a fantastically diverse medium, with a rich and fascinating history. It's great that the Film Buff challenge is encouraging young film-goers to seek out material they may otherwise have missed. The more you see, the more you will enjoy! Here's wishing all you hours - and indeed years - of rewarding viewing.Mark Kermode, film critic
Please note: The Film Buff Challenge is currently a small pilot running across a few of our clubs with a view to rolling it out to all clubs in the future. If you want to learn more about the Film Buff Challenge or to express your interest in the pilot - please contact your Programme Coordinator. In the meantime, theres no reason that you cant be inspired by our Film Buff collection and run your own internal Film Buff Challenge under your own steam, and we encourage you to do so!
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