FILM NATION UK
The National Youth Film Festival 2013 bowed out for its first year with a closing ceremony at Vue Leicester Square, London, on November 8. It was an opportunity to proudly look back on and celebrate three weeks of film watching, making and understanding by over 200,000 young people across the UK. Amongst the audience were a series of very talented young people, the next generation of filmmakers, who were each nominated for a National Youth Film Festival Award. You can watch all the winning and nominated films here.
This year’s Festival was all about young people — they watched films, made films, programmed films, reviewed films, and posed inquisitive questions to film experts including producer Stephen Wooley, Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, casting director Amy Hubbard and star actor Idris Elba.
In addition, the Festival received overwhelming support from the film industry with over 400 cinemas and venues hosting National Youth Film Festival screenings. Leading film distributors and studios also kindly provided their films for the Festival amounting to more than 1,300 free screenings of British, classic, international and brand new films, including exclusive previews such as the critically acclaimed The Selfish Giant. There were a flurry of filmmaking workshops across the nations too.
We are delighted to have teamed up with the Industry Trust for Intellectual Property Awareness, to deliver powerful, innovative and wide-reaching copyright education programmes to win young people’s hearts and minds on the subject of copyright and the importance of protecting it.
The first of many pioneering educational programmes will be introduced in January 2014 with the launch of Creating Movie Magic — a project that includes free curriculum resources and offers young people the chance to openly debate the issue of copyright and become movie makers and IP owners themselves. Schools and youth groups can register their interest here.
Paul Reeve, CEO of Film Nation UK said: "We're delighted to be partnering with the Industry Trust to ensure that IP education is front and centre of Film Nation UK's activities.” Liz Bales, Director-General of the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, also welcomed the joining of forces: "By collaborating with Film Nation UK we will be able to achieve the same, powerful results we have in the past, but on a much bigger scale."
We have most recently worked with the Industry Trust to create 'Vin Diesel's Socks' — a brilliant short film made by young people that encourages their peers to take legal and positive choices when accessing film. You can watch it in the sidebar.
When the BFI launched its five-year strategy for supporting UK film – Film Forever – they undertook a series of roadshows to discuss their plans for delivering it. They are now holding a second series of UK-wide roadshows to report back on their progress and Film Nation UK is participating. The events, which kicked off on Wednesday 30 October and continue throughout November, allow us to outline our plans with film and education organisations across the nations. It’s also a great opportunity for us to share Film Nation UK’s vision — putting film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience. You can book a place on the roadshow here.
Film Nation UK's mission is to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience. Supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, we will deliver an ambitious new programme that seeks to make a step change in film learning for 5-19 year olds across the UK, encouraging and enabling watching, making and critical understanding of film in one accessible offer. Film Nation UK incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.