Calendar Dates in Focus: September to October 2022

07 Sep 2022

6 mins
Careers photoshoot at Bishop Challoner school in London
Careers photoshoot at Bishop Challoner school in London

It's the beginning of the new school year and that means a new edition of our 'Calendar Dates in Focus' series, which showcases important calendar dates in the upcoming half term where film can prove useful or even essential.

Our round-up below provides a quick and simple snapshot of our best material for each date but we'll be exploring many in greater depth as they approach. For other dates, we're simply flagging them as important ones to have on your radar.

September

  • Recycle Week (17 - 23 September) - This year's theme is 'Let's Get Real'. Encanto: Recycle the Rhythm is a great resource here and takes students aged 5-11 on an inspiring journey of creativity and teamwork through music, arts, PSHE and English and literacy education.
  • Youth Mental Health Day (19 September) - Organised by charity stem4, which supports positive mental health in teenagers. Youth-made films allow young people to explore mental health issues in a relatable and accessible way, and both our 'Moving Minds' resources - Exploring Mental Wellbeing and Building Resilience - provide just that. The 'Moving Minds' projects paired groups of young people with professional filmmakers to explore mental health issues of their choice, and you can facilitate the same activity in your own classroom using the above resources and final films. Beyond that, our Mindfulness Through Film online course and the complimentary webinar in November can give real insight into how film watching and filmmaking can be used to introduce mindfulness principles and exercises.
  • European Day of Languages (26 September) - Our new round-up article looks at some of our favourite European language short and feature-length films available on Into Film+. It features titles from across nine languages including French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Welsh, and Scottish and Irish Gaelic.

October

  • Black History Month - Our new Black History & Experiences programme just launched on Into Film+ with the aim of embedding a variety of Black topics in the curriculum, not just during this month, but throughout the whole school year.
  • World Teachers Day (5 October) - In the lead up to such an essential date, we're excited to announce that the BFI is recruiting a new teacher network for Ethnic Diversity in Film Education, with the aim of using film to help the curricula more accurately reflect our ethnically diverse society. Head to their website for more details on how to get involved.

In other October news, look out for a new resource around the film People vs Climate Change later in the month. The documentary follows seven members of the UK's first ever Citizens' Assemby on Climate Change and is a great way to study environmental topics, both generally and in the lead up to COP27 in November.

Please note - some of the above resources are also available in Welsh and you can find out more detail about these on the relevant resource page or by messaging Into Film Cymru at cardiff@intofilm.org

Noder darperir rhai o'r adnoddau hyn yn Gymraeg a gellir dod o hyd iddyn nhw ar y tudalennau adnoddau perthnasol. I wybod mwy neu am gymorth, ebostiwch cardiff@intofilm.org

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