World’s largest film festival for schools arrives next week

Film Education's National School's Film Week.
Film Education's National School's Film Week.

The world’s largest film festival for schools is back for 2012 and Alnwick will be hosting three performances next week.

National Schools Film Week aims to support classroom teaching by providing schools with a powerful experience for their students that links directly to elements of the curriculum.

Last year, 70,000 students and their teachers attended and this year the festival, which operates on a scale and with a degree of sophistication unknown in any other country – 2,500 screenings at 570 cinemas across the UK, celebrates its 17th birthday.

And in Alnwick, the Playhouse plays host to two screenings next Tuesday and one on the Thursday.

Fast Girls, which follows the story of two women as they become professional sprinters and join the British relay team, is at 1.50pm on Tuesday, followed by comic book movie Avengers Assemble.

On Thursday, it’s the turn of the The Muppets, bringing Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang to a new audience.

Festival director Nick Walker said: “The festival seeks to create a greater awareness and understanding of cinema based on the concept of relationships and dialogues in a variety of films, address issues of cultural exchange and raise awareness among teaching professionals of the use of film across the school curriculum.

“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.”

The festival is run by charity Film Education, which has been active since 1985.

Teachers can book their tickets online at