Film Festival Education

'Zarafa' will take young audiences on a journey of adventure from the sandy African landscapes to the cobblestones of Paris.
'Zarafa' will take young audiences on a journey of adventure from the sandy African landscapes to the cobblestones of Paris.

Schools, students and young people will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of films from across the world, industry guests and a series of digital workshops, next month, as part of the Foyle Film Festival Education Programme for 2015.

Running from Monday 2 – Friday 27 November, programme highlights include a screening of ‘He Named Me Malala’, a portrait of 18-year old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education in Pakistan and Michael Fassbender’s latest film Macbeth.

Fassbender chills as Shakespeare’s greatest anti-hero with Marion Cotillard as his lethally ambitious wife in the adaptation of this enduring classic. 

Special guest Sarah Gavron, director of the eagerly anticipated film Suffragette will take part in a Q&A discussion, following the screening at Brunswick Moviebowl. With an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep, the film tells the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement. 

Also included in the post-primary programme is the festival’s annual celebration and showcase of work from students of the CCEA Moving Image Arts subject on Wednesday, November 25.

A screening of Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film, The Age of Innocence, will precede the awards ceremony at 10.00 a.m.

The primary programme will take young audiences on a journey of adventure – from sandy African landscapes to the cobblestones of Paris in Zarafa – the story of Maki, a young boy taken from his village by slave traders.


Issues of bullying, fear, loneliness and isolation will also be tackled in a screening of A Short Film About Fear, followed by a Q&A discussion that will explore the themes highlighted.

As well as film screenings in Brunswick Moviebowl and Nerve Centre, the festival education programme will take the programme right into the classroom.

Both primary and secondary schools have a choice of film packages that will encourage students to learn and understand more about events, history and society.  

Demand for the wide-range of screenings, workshops and special events is expected to be high therefore the Festival is encouraging schools and colleges to register their interest well in advance.

For further information please call the Festival box office at the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562.

The festival is funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and Derry City and Strabane District Council and venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.

The main Foyle Film Festival programme runs from Wednesday, November 18 to Sunday, November 22 and further details will be announced soon on