News Archive July 2013

Next conference!

We are pleased to announce our next one day conference on Saturday 23rd November at the BFI South Bank with a drinks reception and guest speaker on the evening of Friday 22nd. Tickets will be on sale at the usual sort of ‘knock-down’ price early in September, when the full bill for the day will be announced. In the meantime, we would like potential workshop leaders to pitch us suggestions of what you would like to offer. Usual terms and conditions apply- we can’t pay a fee but will pay your expenses and you get a free ticket to the rest of the conference and our undying devotion etc etc…

The theme this time is ‘Moving Images in the curriculum’, so get your thinking caps on for ideas and e-mail us on mailto:info@themea.org.uk if you’d like to offer something.We would like all workshops to have some kind of outcome that can go onto the website, so bear that in mind. Additionally the conference theme is very flexible, so those moving images could link with anything from any media that you’d like to include!

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MEA meets with Film Nation

MEA executive members had a very productive meeting with Leigh Thomas, CEO of First Light and one of the main people involved in the new Film Nation Uk organisation. Notes on the meeting are published here:

Meeting between Pete F, John P and Jon W (MEA) with Leigh Thomas (Film Nation) at London Knowledge Lab (10/7/2013)

As agreed at the last executive meeting, we had contacted Leigh Thomas from Film Nation to discuss the current plans for film education and how the MEA might work with Film Nation in the future.

After outlining the MEA’s remit and activities, we listened to Leigh talking through the UK provision as FN and BFI see it and then at the outline strands of FN’s current ideas.

1. Leigh saw some of the issues around the delivery of education about film across the UK as fragmented, patchy and of varied quality, as indicated by the BFI in setting in train the bid process. FN is tasked with addressing these issues.
2. As we noted, the new CE is now appointed, Paul Reeve (previously of the Royal Opera, with an education background), though he will not fully take up his role till September.
3. FN is looking at the proposed programme as per the tender, with a framework for a consultation process to discuss the mechanisms for delivery. However, the consultation cannot start until the contract with the BFI is signed.
4. The key strands of the programme are for education about film to influence the curriculum, to increase learning about film and learning through film from more use of film in the classroom and to produce a new website to underpin everything, hosting some material and signposting other useful sites.
5. There will be a replacement for national schools film week and teaching resources paid for by the Distribution/Exhibition sector
6. The National schools Partnership is to assist in the production of resources written by experts
7. The Film Club offer is to grow further, with an expanded remit beyond watching to discussion and making.
8. FN hopes to work more with venues and with the Movies group
9. More outreach work outside the formal school system is proposed.
10. The three key words are watching-making-understanding which must lie at the heart of every project.
11. FN aims to work with the Film Academy on the talent development strand
12. The National Youth Film Festival has already been initiated. This will run for three weeks and expand into workshops, draw upon the World Book Day celebrations model, with an aim of mini-festivals locally.
13. CPD partnerships in combination with the NUT have already been agreed- these will focus on both film-making and using film in the classroom.
14. FN would like to to explore resurrecting the lead practitioners network or something similar
15. FN will work with each country individually in addition to the overall provision
16. There will be an education advisory group for each nation, for England and for London, to include teachers and practitioners

We discussed the role of the MEA working with FN in relation to CPD needs, advocacy/lobbying, production of resources and in regional groups. We felt that there are many productive ways in which we could work together. The first of these would be to involve Film Nation in our November Saturday event, perhaps with the Friday evening speaker coming from the industry and slots on Saturday to help consultation for FN. We would also like to provide reps for the advisory groups and to be involved early in discussions about CPD provision, where we are well equipped to play a key role.

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