Irish Film Institute -IFI Schools Programme Autumn/Winter 2013

IFI Schools Programme Autumn/Winter 2013

IFI Press Release: 25th Sept 2013

IFI Schools Programme Autumn/Winter 2013 brings the style of The Great Gatsby, the Manga art of Wolf Children, Disney Digital 3D with Frozen, the raw sounds of Good Vibrations and a wealth of great films for school groups across the country

IFI Education supports and enriches the school curriculum from Primary Cycle to Senior Cycle, giving pupils a chance to experience some of the best film for young people. The IFI Schools’ Programme for Autumn Winter 2013 is packed full of great film, special previews, project ideas and nationwide tours.

Many new developments are announced in this year’s programme. In partnership with FÍS and Fresh Film Festival, IFI Education will devise a Short Course in Film for the new Junior Cycle that will focus on critical engagement, practical filmmaking and film exhibition. The course will be piloted in 2013 and will launch in Autumn 2014. IFI committed to developing a short course as an outcome of the Film Focus project, and are delighted to combine expertise with FÍS and Fresh in devising the programme. The course will reinforce media literacy as a key skill and also draw on some of the findings of The 12-13 Project, an action research project investigating media literacy among the 12-13 year old age group. The full report on this project will be available this October – see for more details.

 Also new for this autumn is a study guide to support Gearrscannáin in the Irish language classroom, devised in collaboration with the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann.

With film in Junior Cycle, Senior Cycle English, Irish and Modern Languages, educators are increasingly getting the opportunity to tap into young peoples’ enthusiasm for media as well as provide opportunities for them to bring the media literacy skills they use so proficiently out of school into the formal learning situation.

Highlights of the programme for primary students include a FREE preview of Frozen in Disney Digital 3D (tickets are first-come-first-served max. 25 places per school), and the anime love story From up on Poppy Hill. Junior Cycle students can be treated to Lance Daly’s just-released Life’s a Breeze with Pat Shortt or another anime treat Wolf Children.

Transition year titles include controversial documentary Blackfish about the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry, Laurent Cantet’s Foxfire, and recent hit The Way Way Back. School bands/solo acts will also be sending in demos to compete to perform before the screening of hit Northern Irish rock story Good Vibrations.

Older students in Senior Cycle will relish The Great Gatsby (accompanied by a 1920s’ fashion competition and a talk from a fashion historian), French-language title Untouchable (on an extensive national tour), Gael García Bernal in Spanish-language drama set in Pinochet’s Chile No, German titles such as Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre and Frieder Schlaich’s Cause I Have the Looks (on an extensive national tour) and a chance for a new generation to explore an iconic favourite Casablanca which is a Leaving Certificate English Comparative Study text.

To download the programme and schedule, go to To book the IFI Schools Programme please call Dee or Elaine on 01 679 5744 or email Tickets are €5 and free for teachers unless otherwise stated.

For images and interview requests please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office on 01 679 5744 or email

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


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