Lights, camera, action for Barry schoolchildren
12:02pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
CHILDREN from schools in Barry celebrated the launch of the first National Youth film Festival.
Cadoxton and Rommilly primary schools joined in the event at Bridgend Odeon, enjoying a screening of the 1968 classic Oliver! and a review writing workshop with children's poet laureate Martin Daws, all while dressed as their favourite film characters.
The National Youth Film Festival is a new event aimed at encouraging children to engage in film, with opportunities to attend seminars by leading film professionals and even create their own short films.
The festival also offers schools and colleges the chance to take their pupils to the cinema for free and enjoy a diverse range of films, with over 400 cinemas taking part.
Paul Reeves of Film nation UK said: “We’re delighted to present the first National Youth Film Festival and offer so many cinematic delights to the young people of Wales. Film is the most powerful and relevant of art forms and the Festival aims to offer all young people the chance to see new and different types of film on the big screen, and to meet the people who make them. Through this we hope the Festival will help to develop the informed and curious audiences of tomorrow.“
Film star Michael Sheen, who has been involved in the launch added: “Film watching and review writing is a great foundation on which to build literacy and a wider engagement in learning. Through debating and writing about film Welsh children will enhance their ability to discuss and communicate, build confidence and develop their critical analysis skills. I really believe that films inspire young people to realise their potential and tell their own story.”