Film Buff Challenge 2023

Engage with film like never before with the 2023 edition of our Film Buff C
Engage with film like never before with the 2023 edition of our Film Buff C


All ages

The Film Buff Challenge is an exciting way for all our young film lovers and their club leaders to engage with film like they never have before, by watching a wide range of short films that will challenge and open up viewing choices. Exclusive to Into Film+, our 2023 Film Buff Challenge adds another ten short films for both Primary and Secondary students. 

As well as being fun, the Film Buff Challenge is also a powerful educational tool with a range of supporting activities and resources that explore key themes and topics.

Let the Film Buff Challenge take your pupils on a magic carpet ride through different genres, countries and film mediums, to widen their horizons and broaden their knowledge of a world they may never have experienced before.

Download the Film Buff Challenge files below, which include a checklist for each of the playlists, and certificates for those that complete each level of the challenge.

You can view the short films included in the 2023 Film Buff Challenge on Into Film+ here:

Exclusive Northern Ireland Offer - The Into Film team in Northern Ireland are offering free workshops - in-person or virtual - to introduce the challenge, and provide guidance on watching and reviewing your first film. Request your free workshop now - Email

Film Buff Challenge Award System

Upon successfully screening all 10 short films and writing a review for one, club members can earn a Silver Film Buff award. By reviewing/discussing five films (using a variety of response methods), they can gain the Gold award.

To receive the top level Platinum award (and a keyring) young people will need to watch all 10 short films, and complete one of the additional activities included in the Film literacy pack.

Keep us up to date with your progress to be in with a chance of winning spot prizes, or even the star prize of a free cinema trip! Tweet us at @intofilm_ni and share photos of your challenge in action!

"We live in a TikTok world, don’t we? Everything has to be instant. The films are so short, but the content in them is amazing. There’s so much variety. That’s the beauty of these short movies; you’re getting far better interactions with those children who would be more withdrawn, or wouldn’t be confident enough to answer. The enthusiasm you get from the children and the variety of learning is just wonderful."

- Gary Lynch, Teacher, St John's Primary School, Dungiven

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