education programme

Foyle Film Festival Education Programme

Monday 20 Nov 2017 - 10:00am to Thursday 30 Nov 2017 - 12:00pm

Foyle Film Festival’s 2017 Education Programme brings together an exciting and diverse range of films, documentaries and workshops, exploring themes that resonate with young people

As this year marks its 30th anniversary, the festival looks at other key milestones such as India's independence from the British Empire in 1947 and the 20th anniversary screening of the Holocaust film, Life Is Beautiful. 

The post-primary programme also features a special screening of Goodbye Christopher Robin with, schedule permitting, a special introduction by the star of the movie Domhnall Gleeson. Everyone has a memory of Winnie the Pooh from their childhood, but the author A. A. Milne himself was something of a mystery. The film provides a rare glimpse into his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is the follow up to the Academy Award® winning An Inconvenient Truth, which brought climate change to the forefront of mainstream culture. Former Vice President Al Gore carries on his tireless fight to educate the next generation of climate champions. As Al Gore argues 'Film is the best way to deliver a powerful message'.

Themes of friendship, family, adventure and growing-up are all explored in the primary programme, which launches with the magical animation The Star, the greatest story every told - the first Christmas. While in The Jungle Bunch a group of animal friends must work together to save their beloved jungle from destruction.

On November 22, the festival will acknowledge the fantastic work produced by young Moving Image Arts students at CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase in Brunswick Moviebowl. Each winning filmmaker will be presented with a unique award handcrafted by City of Derry Crystal. On key dates throughout November, the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre team will bring the programme into classrooms giving students an opportunity to use digital technologies to explore this year’s festival themes. The workshops always fill-up fast so don’t delay in booking!

Finally, we’re delighted that for our milestone anniversary the main festival programme will run from Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 26 - an additional six days of exclusive screenings, special guests, events and industry workshops.