News Archive April 2013

Film Education to close

The MEA was very sorry to see the following press release from Ian Wall at Film Education. We would like to express our best wishes to the staff who now have to look for new posts and to thank Ian and his team for the work they have done over more than a quarter of a century.


Film Education regrets to announce that it will be closing on the 26th of April 2013.

All 15 full-time and part-time Film Education staff will be made redundant.

National Schools Film Week will no longer take place and all Film Education activities will cease.

Film Education is the privately funded charity that provides award-winning curriculum-based teaching resources, teacher training and cinema-based events across the UK.

The closure of Film Education is as a result of the decision in November 2012 by its primary funder to cease its financial support from the end of March 2013. At the same time, they committed to support the publicly funded organisations, FILMCLUB and First Light, in their efforts to secure the £28million lottery funded BFI 5-19 film education scheme 2013-2017.

Film Education would like to thank the film distributors, exhibitors, Cinema First (AIM), filmmakers, creative talent and industry executives, as well as teaching professionals and students, for their support over the past 26 years. Their support enabled a unique, innovative and successful approach to educating future audiences and filmmakers about and through film.

Film Education is incredibly proud of its work over the years to support young people wanting to learn more about film and with teachers wanting to see film embedded across the National Curriculum. It is also proud that other countries have built their own models for film education based on Film Education’s initiative and experience.

The closure of Film Education brings to an end 26 years of:
· Regular engagement withteachers across the UK;
· Direct industry support for the use of film in the classroom;
· Providing film-related, curriculum linked, award-winning teaching resources;
· Training and workshops for educators on the use of film across a wide range of curriculum subjects. Events include the annual Film Industry Conference.
· Giving young people the opportunity to meet and talk to filmmakers and industry professionals;
· In-cinema experience of events such as National Schools Film Week, CineSchool, Sun Screens, preview screenings and Autism Friendly Screening Days; and
· Innovative initiatives such as CP3, Young Film Critic, Be ©reative and Film Card.

In 2012 alone Film Education’s activities included:
· 547,699 children and young people aged 5-19 attending our free in cinema screening events and festivals such as National Schools Film Week and CineSchool – 4.4 million children since the inaugural event in 1997;
· 27 film-related, curriculum-based resources, used by 1.6 million children and young people in the classroom;
· 24 training and CPD events attended by 1,021 teaching professionals;
· Innovative workshops attended by 524 students;
· More than 13,000 teachers in over 9,000 schools subscribed to Film Education’s fortnightly electronic newsletter;
· New resources made available to over 20,000 teachers in 18,000 schools across the UK; and
· 609,607 visits to , a 58% increase on 2011.

Film Education hopes that the legacy of its work will speak volumes in the years to come.

Please don’t hesitate to contact directors James Lennox and Ian Wall if you have any questions.



Spirit of 13

When Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 was screened and discussed nationwide on March 17th, panelists and audience members agreed on the need for informed, balanced, inter-generational dialogue about current threats to the welfare state.

To facilitate this …..

Introducing The Spirit of ’13 – a short film project for 16-19 year olds.

Project partners: Sixteen Films, The Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP), Media Education Association, MediaMagazine

The Spirit of ’13 short film project invites young people to make 3-5 minute films that respond to Ken Loach’s ‘Spirit of ’45’ and document dialogue between teenagers and people who lived through the political changes of 1945 and / or their aftermath. The website above gives background to the film and the broader Spirit of 45 project, guidance for the process, and approaches to inter-generational dialogue.

The films can explore any theme arising from the film, with a focus on current debates about, and challenges to, the welfare state in the UK.

A panel from the project partners, including Sixteen Films, will select a range of the young peoples’ films to be screened and discussed at an event in London in December.

Please pass this on to teachers of A Level Media, Film, English, Art, Drama, History, Politics and Citizenship. This will make an ideal AS summer term or holiday project with clear curriculum links to these subjects, but we are equally keen to see films produced by all young people in the age range, whether at college or not.

So – please forward this on far and wide, and contact to get involved or to find out more.



Media and Film 2013 Cardiff

Media and Film 2013
26 and 27 September, Cardiff

The only INSET conference principally for WJEC GCSE and A-level

• Wide choice of sessions for new and experienced teachers
• Early booking discount
• 25% discount for multiple bookings (bring a colleague for half price)

This popular conference for teachers of A-level and GCSE Media Studies and A-level Film Studies will include beginners’ sessions for those new to the specifications, sessions on coursework, case studies, and options covering a wide range of topics and approaches.

For further information please visit