Free ticket film-fest for children

SCHOOLCHILDREN in north Northumberland will have the chance to go to the cinema for free as part of a national film week.

The Alnwick Playhouse will be screening Winnie the Pooh on Tuesday, October 18 for National Schools Film Week.

The festival’s goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum – supported by an online library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics.

Over 473,000 students and their teachers attended in 2010 and this year the festival, which will see 2,500 screenings at 570 cinemas nationwide, celebrates its 16th birthday.

Gillian McEwan took the pupils at Longhorsley St. Helens C of E Infants School before.

She said: “Taking part in National Schools Film Week was a positive social experience for the early years students who really enjoyed their trip to a lovely quaint theatre.”

Nick Walker, festival director, said: “Our hope is for teachers and students to feel massively engaged in the festival, as it is an incredible opportunity not only to build the adventurous, film-loving audience of the future but also to develop the kinds of passion in young people more likely to make them more receptive to this collectively experienced art form.

“This is achieved by in-cinema talks and online resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds.”

Teachers can book their free tickets at www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org