Generation Next is the Calgary International Film Festival's new youth-focused film program, including:
- Youth-focused films selected by High School Previewers
- A partnership with the Calgary Board of Education
- Curated films with High School Curriculum ties
- Organized field trips to watch a film during the school day
- Cost: $10/student including transport and the film
- Dates: Sept 24-27, 2018, as part of the 19th annual Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary Students + Global Voices x Youth-approved Cinema = 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 and Rozsa Foundation, Generation Next will include six peer-selected films from all corners of the world, bringing global stories to Calgary classrooms – where the conversation can continue.
Participating classes will receive a viewer's guide about each of the films, and how they tie into the Alberta Program of Studies. Teachers can select a film for their class to attend – the day-time field trip will include transportation to Cineplex Eau Claire, a movie, and a post-film discussion. Generation Next will give teachers the tools to cinematically explore their subjects in the context of a youth point-of-view.
How the films are selected
Generation Next is inspired by the internationally renowned Generation 14 Program at the Berlin Film Festival. The program is unique to Canada and features youth-selected films for a youth audience. Working with the Calgary Board of Education, we've selected 10 student previewers who are professionally mentored by our expert programming team. The previewers watch up to 4 films per week, meet regularly for discussions about the films they watched, select up to six movies to play at the festival, and participate in other behind the scene field trips. The students receive high school credits through CBE’s Unique Pathways program.
How to participate
Teachers can book student screenings for their high school classes to attend at the festival. The students will have prior knowledge of a film’s themes, and the films will have curriculum ties to enhance classroom lessons.
In early June the films will be selected and teachers have until June 29, 2018 to sign-up. In early September film information will be distributed to teachers, and teachers can select films to see between September 24-27.
The cost is $10 per student, which 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.
Download more information about the program.
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