GENERATION NEXT IS A NEW YOUTH-FOCUSED FILM PROGRAM
Open to high school classes in the Calgary area, Generation Next runs September 24-27, 2018 as part of the Calgary International Film Festival. This program is our way of empowering the youth perspective, and is the first of its kind in Canada. We’ve made it easy for teachers to register their classes and take advantage of this program featuring curriculum-relevant films.
WHY GENERATION NEXT?
Contemporary cinema has kept pace with current events. Today, the youth perspective is more visible than ever, and we want to empower their voices. Generation Next is our response to the need for collaboration with youth.
Funded by the Calgary Foundation, Rozsa Foundation and Telus, Generation Next features six films curated by Calgary high school students from all corners of the world. The program brings these global stories to the cinema and then to Calgary classrooms – where the conversation can continue.
HOW IT WORKS
This spring, we recruited ten Calgary high school students to help us pick six youth-focused selections from a roster of new films from around the world. With the help of professional mentors from the Calgary International Film Festival, our student panel chose their favourite films that will be screened at the festival from September 24-27, 2018.
Teachers can now sign up to bring their high school classes to attend one or more screenings of these films. All films are geared towards ages 14-18 years and have a strong connection to high school curriculum. School screenings will take place during school hours at Cineplex Eau Claire (200 Barclay Parade SW) at 10:00AM and 1:00PM, from September 24-27, 2018.
GENERATION NEXT FILMS
And the six Generation Next films are...
Nathan Pfaff’s powerful and heartwarming feature directorial debut follows Katie Taylor, a Los Angeles casting director, as she teaches filmmaking to youth in an impoverished South African community.
Director Katharina Mueckstein’s second feature film is a raw, honest coming-of-age drama with a synth-heavy soundtrack that takes us down the familiar path of trying to fit in amongst friends, and figuring out our identity.
RESPETO is the feature debut of veteran music video director Treb Monteras, who to date has directed more than 300 music videos. The film is a bold, dark, utterly unique and electric film filled with original poetry and rap music, lead by Filipino hip-hop artist and YouTube star Abra.
SCIENCE FAIR follows the trials and tribulations of teenage scientists as they compete for the top prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, director Desiree Akhavan’s (APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR) adaptation is a witty, original, coming-of-age teen story.
Born into an unconventional Ecuadorian family, Paola grows up moving between Ecuador and Colombia and finds herself unable to fit in any mold.
BOOK YOUR CLASSES IN SOON
Educators are encouraged to sign up their classes by June 29, 2018 to ensure the best experience and to confirm spaces. The cost is $10 per student due in September when teachers will be asked to confirm the number of students participating.
The fee includes bus transportation to and from Eau Claire Market on screening day, reserved seating block for each classroom, curriculum materials supplied to each teacher, pre-film introduction by festival staff, the film screening, and a Q&A with guests following the film.
We welcome your questions. Please contact Schools Coordinator Stacey Robins at email@example.com