Into Film Festival partner with The Herald for a nationwide film review writing competition

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Embargo 10am Tuesday October 30th 2018: At this year’s Into Film Festival, Into Film and The Herald are partnering to find the film critics of the future with an exciting competition covering the entirety of Scotland — Into Film Young Critics.

Into Film Festival audiences will be invited to review the films they see during the Festival. Reviews should be a maximum of 300 words, with categories for Primary and Secondary students. The winners will have their words published in The Herald’s film section, and will win a selection of film-related prizes too. Entries to the competition close on Monday November 19th, with the winner announced in The Herald on the final day of the Festival, Friday November 23rd.

There are over 258 events taking place across Scotland. Screenings include well-loved classics, recent blockbusters, and exclusive pupil premieres of The Grinch, Nativity Rocks!, and Shoplifters, the winner of this year’s Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Children and young people can enter by sending their reviews via email to support@intofilm.org, or posting their reviews freepost to: FREEPOST RTAE-BAZG-CSZZ, FILMCLUB Damasco House, 31 Islington Green, London N1 8DU

Review writing is at the core of Into Film’s education offer, and is a proven aid in helping to boost literacy and attainment. Into Film talent ambassador, Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie, is in support of the competition:

“Reviews are an important part of the film industry, and can really make you think about your own performance. This is an exciting competition that could encourage the next generation of film reviewers, and ensure the future of film criticism is in safe hands!” – Kevin Guthrie, Into Film Ambassador for Scotland

Laura O’Donnell, a teacher from St Ninian’s High School in East Renfrewshire, said this about the benefits of review writing for young people’s development:

“Since the pupils enjoy writing about their opinions of film, they can begin to see writing as a process which doesn’t have to be particularly onerous for them. The sense of accomplishment they get when they are recognised for their hard work may encourage them to work harder across all their subjects. They also learn a lot about structuring paragraphs and including interesting vocabulary along the way!” – Laura O’Donnell, Teacher, St Ninian’s High Schcool

All Into Film Festival events are free and can be transformed into a full educational experience for educators through Into Film’s Primary and Secondary festival resources as well as festival guides for all age groups; both available for free through the Into Film website.

The Into Film Festival welcomed 487,000 young people from all backgrounds and corners of the UK last year — over 40,000 in Scotland — and engages youngsters in all aspects of the film industry, from screening interesting films from across the cinematic landscape, to learning about careers in the film industry with industry experts lifting the lid on a vast range of topics including VFX; Directing; Screenwriting; Foley Artistry and Sound Design; Prop Making; Costume Design; Audio Describing; Copywriting, Film Classification and Acting, to name a few. 

The Festival is hosted by film education charity, Into Film, which is supported by the UK film industry through Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery funding, engaging with over half of UK schools. The Festival is free to all students, supporting education through a carefully curated programme of films and events for schools with topical themes, resources, debates, special events and careers activity. www.intofilm.org/festival