The schedule of screenings for the BIFF Gen Next International Film Festival for Young People has been released, with a diverse selection of films from Australia and overseas. Along with the likes of The Rocket and Satellite Boy, which have already been released in cinemas in Australia, there are feature films, shorts and documentaries from more than 10 countries in the festival. All weekday screenings are reserved exclusively for school group bookings, so there really is no excuse for media teachers not to be taking advantage of this opportunity to introduce their students to films and filmmakers from a range of international contexts.
Last year I took a class to see Swedish comedy/drama Simple Simon and they loved it. For many, it was their first real engagement with a foreign film. Media teachers in Brisbane and south east Queensland are lucky to have the BIFF Next Gen at their disposal and it would be great to see each session filled with enthusiastic young film lovers.
There are also free public weekend sessions of selected festival films, with a special opening night open air screening of animated classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit on the green outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) on Saturday, October 12. All other screenings will take place in The Australian Cinemateque at GOMA.
For event information and the full schedule of events, which includes filmmaking workshops, click on the image below: