News Archive October 2013

Small World Cinema

Small World Cinema is compiling the first ever databases of ‘world cinema’ feature films and shorts for children and families, available online or to buy or rent on DVD. One database lists feature films from across the world with an appeal to young audiences. There is a separate database of international shorts for children that are available free, with their online link. Each feature and short is reviewed.

Take a look at to see what’s listed so far. (Click on the Films tab on the menu)

More about this new film resource…

Parents and teachers frequently ask us about films to watch with children that come from beyond Hollywood. They want to introduce them to films from other countries and cultures but they also want to find films that will appeal to them. Children’s film festivals across the world offer many wonderful films to young audiences but most of these will never find their way to UK cinemas. Some however do appear on DVD and it is these films we are identifying and building into a collective database. Most have English subtitles but we have also included English language films we think deserve a wider audience.

All the films we list here are selected from those screened at children’s film festivals around the world. They may not have been made specifically, or only, for children but they were selected because they were about children or with a special appeal to young audiences. We only include films we have seen ourselves and think are appropriate and of interest to the young audiences we want to reach. When we think others might question our views of suitability we flag this up so you can decide for yourselves!

Shorts are a great way to introduce foreign language film to children and can be very useful in teaching across the curriculum. So we are also compiling a database of shorts for children, available on YouTube. There is a brief summary of each film plus an age suitability recommendation and a direct link to them on YouTube.

New films will be added regularly to both databases to build what we hope will become a comprehensive resource for everyone interested in finding a wider range of films for children.
We look forward to your comments and ideas for other films to add.

We also welcome contributions to the Small World Cinema Blog on any issue or event about film for young audiences, including new releases and screenings.



Condition of the working class- new film

Have a look- interesting film doing the rounds and hopefully coming to a venue near you!

and from Steve Bennison: Here’s a brief review from a Bristol screening of Condition of the Working Class.
Great little film -it got a very enthusiastic reception & provoked some good discussion.
BRFF + The Condition of the Working Class | Dialectical Films

With this & the Spirit of 45 stuff it’s almost like the good old days!




MEA Conference Saturday 23 November

THIS EVENT COMMENCES on FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER WITH A NETWORKING EVENT AT THE BFI SOUTHBANK (BLUE ROOM) – A wine reception and opportunity to hear a talk from Inside the Film Industry (speaker tbc). Ticket price covers attendance at both the Friday and Saturday event, you are free to attend either, or both.

MEA/BFI Conference 22-23 November 2013: Moving Images in the Classroom



What are the learning objectives and outcomes of Media Education in both formal and informal settings? Does the fact that our children and students are enjoying doing what they do mean that they are learning anything? Are we trying to develop “soft” skills as well as those objectives outlined in the curriculum and in examination specifications? How can we ensure that in informal settings such as after school clubs and out of school workshops learning is taking place? Or does it matter?
This year’s conference will examine the relationship between learning outcomes and the learning objectives that we as educators set.

How often do we set a task which our students thoroughly enjoy but during which the actual learning objectives tend to get blurred?
How can we ensure that task we set actually deliver the objectives that we wish our students to achieve?
Do we as educators always completely understand what learning is required to happen through objectives set by both the curriculum and also examination specifications?
How do we construct classroom activities which will both engage our students as well as delivering learning outcomes?
In both practical and critical work how can we assess the learning that has taken place?

Through a series of highly practical sessions we will attempt to address these questions as they relate to our own classroom experiences. Workshops will look at issues of learning objectives and through exploring different classroom approaches and techniques and will examine how we can ensure that learning is taking place.
Workshops are aimed at teachers working with moving image in classrooms across all key stages, from primary to post-16 and the range of workshops on offer include opportunities to think about what we are teaching, the choices of films that are made, as well as hands-on chances to make films and improve the quality of the moving image work we do with young people.


INTRODUCTION- Ian Wall, Jenny Grahame, Pete Fraser ‘How do we know they have learnt anything?’
Q&A PANEL- Paul Gerhardt (BFI) and Paul Reeve (tbc), (Film Nation)
PLENARY from Film Nation- What do teachers want from Film Nation?

Research presentations: Media learning progression (Steve Connolly) and Children’s understanding of narrative (Becky Parry), CelebYouthUK project (Heather Mendick), E-engagement against violence project (Ben Lee)

Raising writing standards through use of film in primary
Effective use of film in the primary curriculum
film production at KS3
visual storytelling
getting filmic footage from DSLRs
technology in learning
horror film-making
selecting what we teach for the WJEC Media A-level
spirit of 45 project
choosing films for post-16 classes

Workshops will be very active and materials produced will be put on the MEA site after the event!

End of day: MEA AGM (agenda to follow)