Into Film Festival 2016 Strands

Carey Mulligan with students at the Into Film Festival launch
Carey Mulligan with students at the Into Film Festival launch

The 2016 Into Film Festival's thought-provoking programme will offer a range of stories curated with six themes in mind. The selected film titles will address the importance of diversity and encourage young people to empathise with others. Films exploring changes in circumstance, environment, bullying and transition will offer an opportunity to debate current topics, including immigration, loss and discrimination. There is also a focus on individuals, movements and achievements that have changed the course of history or challenged our way of life.

Film titles will include Blockbuster premieres alongside classic films and hidden gems from the archive, spanning modern foreign language cinema to animation. Mapped against curricula from across the four nations and regions, and supported by the Festival's various educational resources, learnings from these titles can be applied to a wealth of subject areas. The festival offers wider personal development opportunities for all 5 - 19 year olds, while inspiring students through the immersive magic of cinema.

You can see an early outline of this year's Festival strands below to help you tie your Festival events into your planning.

Culture Shock

This strand will open a window onto the lives of others, both modern and historical, and will encourage young people to appreciate how changes of environment, significant life transitions, and seeming to be out of step with the social norm can affect people. Films have been chosen with key themes in mind including transition, immigration, refugees, loss, and sexual or racial discrimination. 

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): citizenship, geography, languages, PSHE education

The associated strand resource will have activities with a secondary-aged focus.

Brooklyn

Game Changers

Films within this strand will prompt young people to discover or learn more about significant cultural figures, movements, and historical events in order to gain an understanding of the ways in which they have shaped our world. Authors including Roald Dahl and Shakespeare, music icons such as David Bowie, and sports stars Mohammed Ali and Jesse Owens are all celebrated in this strand, alongside narratives that demonstrate social, political, or economic reform and breakdown.

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): citizenship, economics, history, politics, sociology

The associated strand resource will have activities with simplifications and extensions that can be applied to primary or secondary age groups.

Suffragette

See It, Be It

Focusing on narratives that feature aspirational and positive role models on and/or behind the screen, this strand celebrates strength in all aspects of diversity - gender, LGBT, BAME and disability. With these films we acknowledge the right for all young people to see themselves represented on screen and in the stories we tell. We aim to inspire them to believe they can be and do whatever they choose in life. From film directors to scientists, sports stars, actors, and everyday heroes who stay true to themselves, we see much to respect and admire.

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): citizenship, film and media studies, PSHE education

The associated strand resource will have activities with simplifications and extensions that can be applied to primary or secondary age groups.

Sunset Song

Weird and Wonderful

This strand delights in the power of imagination to enrich and enhance storytelling. We journey through magical and fantasy worlds, catch up with talking animals, and marvel at alternative realities. We also take just as much pleasure in exploring the wonder of the natural world.

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): art and design, citizenship, English, geography, languages, science

The associated strand resource will have activities with a primary-aged focus.

Film still from A Beautiful Planet

Words Can Hurt

This strand will encompass themes of wellbeing - including stories with anti-bullying messages - that underline the importance of treating everyone with respect and encourage empathy for others. Films featured here will inspire discussion and the exploration of issues including body-image, grief, self-esteem and inequality through the use of language and its consequences.

Some of the films have been selected in support of the Anti-Bullying Alliance campaign to highlight issues around bullying for Anti-Bullying Week (November 14th-18th) and beyond.

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): citizenship, PSHE

The associated strand resource will have activities with simplifications and extensions that can be applied to primary or secondary age groups.

The Boxtrolls

Black Star

Black Star is the British Film Institute's autumn 2016 celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV taking place nationwide and we're delighted to be complementing their season with a programme of relevant films that resonate with our audience of 5-19 year olds. Embracing the BFI's direction of illuminating on-screen talent, the films we've selected feature contemporary British stars of black heritage, as well as actors from the African diaspora and from throughout film history that demonstrate a real range and depth of storytelling. 

Curriculum links will include (but not exclusively): black history month, film studies, geography, history, media studies, politics. 

The associated strand resource will have activities with a secondary-aged focus, including simplifications and extensions that can be applied as needed.

Selma