23 October 2006

Film Education's National School's Film Week is the largest schools based event of its kind in Europe. It allows pupils and teachers to see films and related events in cinemas for free, whilst also giving an invaluable insight into the endless opportunities to use film in the classroom.

Over the week, FACT, and Picturehouse at FACT, screened a wide range of films appealing to children as young as five, foriegn language students and film students from across the region. The films screened included Studio Ghibli's 2005 animation Howl's Moving Castle, Gus Van Sant's exploration of violence in American High Schools in Elephant (2003), Juliette Binoche's 2005 tense thriller Hidden, Michael Winterbottom's part drama part documentary Road to Guantanamo (2006) and the award winning 2005 Tsotsi.

During the week there were also presentations, discussions and Q&A sessions from the British Board of Film Classification, Amnesty International and the writer and film critic Jon Ironmonger. Karen Hickling, Education Manager at FACT said, "FACT has a great deal to offer students and young people of all ages throughout the year but we're delighted that National School's Week, the films and masterclasses, were such a huge success".

FACT's formal education programme was launched this year. Aimed at secondary schools across the North West it is intended to engage new audiences in film, video and new media and to empower teachers and learners to incormporate the technology into all aspects of their work.