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To coincide with National Storytelling Week (28 Jan - 4 Feb) and our ongoing Language theme for this term, our latest Review Writing Competition will be focused on films that highlight different forms of storytelling from around the world.
This competition is open to both Primary and Secondary age pupils. We want to hear what young people aged 5-11 and 12-19 think of the many films that celebrate traditional storytelling techniques, as well as those that give traditional stories a fresh, contemporary twist.
Entering couldn't be easier - just head over to filmclub.org and 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 5-11, and all of the films on the Primary list are rated either U or PG. The Secondary category is aimed at young people aged 12-19, and all films on the Secondary list are rated 12 or below. Reviews for either category 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 Programme Coordinator.
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
Young people of either age category can review the following films to enter the competition, but please note that there are also several films specifically selected just for the Primary and Secondary age categories respectively. These films are highlighted below.
This magical fantasy is the oldest surviving animation film in the world, telling an Arabian Nights-style story using a stunning...
Age groupAll ages
Czech master of surreal animation Jan Svankmajer brings his dark talents to a magically creepy, loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll's...
Collection of Lotte Reiniger's stunning depictions of popular fairy tales using her unique silhouette animation style.
Age groupAll ages
Inventive and magical French version of the Beauty and The Beast fairy tale, with effects that must be seen to be believed.
Complete with werewolves, magical instruments, sorcerers and mythical beasts, this French animation captures the enchantment of...
German children's film based on a Brothers Grimm style fairy tale, which has attracted a cult following.
The Princess Bride takes apart the traditional damsel-in-distress story and puts it back together again. A classic for children of all ages.
A beautiful and touching animation based on an Irish folktale about a little girl who turns into a Selkie.
A beautifully animated Japanese fantasy from the makers of Spirited Away, about a Princess sent to Earth from the Moon.
A shy girl sent to the country to recover from asthma discovers an abandoned mansion and begins to explore its mysteries with her new...
Oscar-winning animated version of the timeless folk tale, set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic orchestral composition.
A 2006 animated version of Hans Christian Andersen's story that comes from the author's home country of Denmark.
Exquisite animation and lively score creates a fantastical backdrop for this classic story about the little people who 'borrow' everyday...
A artful adaptation of the classic Snow White tale, relocating the story to 1920s Spain where young Carmen has to reinvent herself as a...
This fantasy feature tells the story of the Welsh legends of the Mabinogion. Mae'r ffilm hon yn cyflwyno chwedlau bywiog y Mabinogi.
While National Storytelling Week takes place between 29 Jan and 4 Feb, the competition will remain open until 31 March so that clubs have plenty of time to submit their reviews. The winner will be announced in April, and in light of the global nature of the films selected for the competition, the winning scribes in each category will be rewarded with:
Runners up in each age group will also receive a DVD of their choice from the films featured in the competition.
Any reviews of the relevant films that are submitted before 31 March 2017 will be considered for the competition. If you have previously submitted a review for one of the films prior to this date, but would like for that review to be considered for this competition, please contact your Film Programme Coordinator 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.
Our theme for the Spring term is Language, focusing not only on English and Modern Foreign Language cinema, but also the language of film itself.
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