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To help celebrate International Music Day on 21 June, our latest review writing competition asks young people to review films that are either about music, or that boast particularly iconic or innovative uses of music in their soundtracks or scores. We'll also be hosting a series of International Music Day screenings on the day itself to help inspire you - keep an eye out for booking details coming soon.
This competition is open to both Primary and Secondary pupils, aged 7-14, across Key Stage 2 and 3 (or equivalent). We want to hear what young people across the UK think of the many vibrant films set in and around the world of music, and how they respond to films that feature some of the most iconic uses of music in cinema history.
Entering couldn't be easier - just head over to filmclub.org, log in to your member account, and then leave your review on the appropriate film page. All reviews which meet the criteria below will automatically be entered into the competition. Only reviews of the films listed below will be considered.
The Primary category is aimed at young people aged between 7-11, and the Secondary category is aimed at young people aged 11-14. One winner from each age group will be selected. Please note that young people can review films from either list, provided they are of a suitable age for that film's certificate. Reviews can be of any length.
If you are the leader of a film club and would like to know how to set up member accounts for your pupils so they can submit reviews, take a look at this video or contact your Into Film Team Member.
Alternatively, you can post your reviews to us, but be sure to note your school/college name and the details of a person to contact within the school/college along with your review. Physical entries should be sent to:
31 Islington Green
London N1 8DU
This timeless family musical, one of cinema's much loved productions, sees young Dorothy escape Kansas for the Technicolor land of Oz.
A Disney classic like no other, Fantasia is a magical journey through sound and vision.
Age groupAll ages
Classic film with musical scenes about nanny Mary Poppins, who is full of common sense but friends with talking animals and dancing...
Musical version of the famous Charles Dickens novel about the adventures of a Victorian orphan who falls in with a London street gang.
Visually brilliant 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation about a little boy who wins a tour of the maddest sweet factory in the world!
Age groupAll ages
This heart-warming family favourite about an alien stranded all alone on earth contains some of the most magical scenes in movie history.
Age groupAll ages
Old-fashioned cowboy toy Woody is threatened by the arrival of flashy, hi-tech Buzz Lightyear in this character-driven animation from Pixar.
Animated comedy about a fat, green, bad-tempered ogre banished from his woods cabin home by an evil lord, which has become a modern classic.
An uplifting South African film about a 13-year-old talented musician who must earn a place in his new school’s jazz concert.
The Grimm Fairytales are brought to life in this musical about a couple who venture into the woods to break a spell that has been cast...
A beautiful and touching animation based on an Irish folktale about a little girl who turns into a Selkie.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in this delightful classic musical which shows off their fancy footwork and romantic chemistry.
The classic love story of Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York in this Hollywood musical.
This 1975 film about an enormous great white shark terrorising the locals of a US seaside resort made many who saw it too scared to go...
Based on opera La Boheme, this tale of struggling artists relocates Puccini's stage musical from 1800s Paris to 1980s New York.
Brilliant sequel to Batman Begins, as erstwhile Bruce Wayne must battle the manic Joker, whilst maintaining the support of the...
Spike Jonze's live action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's classic about tameable monsters and an angry little boy.
Joyous triumph over adversity documentary about a group of homeless Congolese rumba-blues artists and the exhilarating music they produce.
An unmissable explanation of exactly how Facebook has changed all our lives.
Ingenious and heartfelt homage to silent era cinema.
Musical comedy with humour, drama and plenty of girl power!
A feel-good musical about a solider returning home from the war, set to the songs of Scottish band The Proclaimers.
International Music Day is on 21 June, but the competition is open now, so that clubs have plenty of time to submit their reviews. The closing date for entries is 6 July 2017.
The two winners - one Primary and one Secondary - will each be rewarded with a music and film-themed goodie bag, including DVDs, soundtracks, stationary and Amazon vouchers. Two runners-up from each category will be awarded a DVD of their choice from the above films.
Any reviews of the relevant films that are submitted before 6 July 2017 will be considered for the competition. If you have previously submitted a review for one of the films prior to this date, and would like that review to be considered for this competition, please contact your Into Film Team Member, who will gladly assist you with this.
If you would like your students to enter the competition but don't have a club, they are free for state funded school and non-school settings, and are quick and easy to set up, providing a flexible model that can be tailored to the social and academic needs of particular pupils, and/or school or youth settings.
Review writing is an integral part of being into film, and it's something that we always try to encourage our members to get involved with. To help make your reviews even better, you can use our Creating Effective Film Reviews resources, which contain step-by-step guides, activities and workbooks, and PowerPoint presentations to help you create ever-more effective film reviews.
These resources offer fun and flexible approaches to film reviewing, and are designed for film club sessions or classroom use. They will provide tips that work with any film and can be easily adapted to suit different ability groups.
Introduce primary film club members to the art of reviewing and develop their critical thinking and literacy skills.
In the video below, Guardian and Financial Times writer and Film 2016 critic Danny Leigh gives us his Top 5 Reviewing Tips.
As integral part of film, we're celebrating Music Day on June 21 by curating a selection of our music-related resources and content.
A film list that celebrates the power of music to express identity and bring people together.
Suitable forAll ages
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