The Irish Film Institute Launches IFI@Schools
The Irish Film Institute has launched its comprehensive 2020-2021 IFI Schools' Programme. For the first time, the programme will be available to view nationwide online on the Institute's brand new IFI@Schools platform available here. Films to feature as part of this year's offering include Greta Gerwig's Oscar-nominated Little Women, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade, Neasa Hardiman's Sea Fever, and three films from Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny's beloved animation studio.
The entire programme is available to view for schools through an annual subscription for either the Primary or Post Primary programmes. With the generous support of the Arts Council Capacity Building Grant, the IFI has been able to heavily subsidise costs so that an annual Primary subscription costs €100, and annual Post Primary subscription costs €250. Each subscription allows 10 teachers per school to watch 10 screenings each. Unlike booking student groups for cinema screenings, the subscription allows the teacher a greater degree of flexibility as to when material is viewed in the classroom and will encourage increased media literacy across a wide range of ages.
For English this year, Senior Cycle students can look forward to Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in Debra Granik's Winter's Bone, and Paddy Breathnach's acclaimed drama Rosie, starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford. For Junior Cycle, there's a hugely entertaining and thought-provoking slate of films including Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Peanut Butter Falcon starring Shia LaBeouf, Ken Wardrop's touching Irish documentary His & Hers, and Saudi Arabian coming-of-age drama Wadjda.
IFI is delighted to present a particularly strong line-up of Irish films, and as part of their ongoing commitment to support Irish filmmakers, IFI has confirmed a number of special guests to speak as part of this year's online programme, including Oscar-nominated animators Nora Twomey and Tomm Moore, documentarians Brendan J. Byrne and Ross Whitaker, and Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan.
This year's Primary programme features a fantastic range of titles for younger pupils including the charming Little Women with Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson, Irish drama A Shine of Rainbows, plus animations Minuscule, Dreambuilders, and the Cartoon Saloon trio of Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner.
Finally, the IFI is delighted to announce the 2021 edition of its hugely successful Careers in Film Day events next March, in association with the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival. IFI will also run special events in association with Screen Skills Ireland, which will allow students to engage directly with filmmakers and their craft; these Q&A and 'First Steps' events will be held in January.