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Film education websites recommended by BFI Education

Browse our list of recommended web resources for primary, secondary Modern Foreign Languages, and Film and Media teachers.

There are many great collections of web materials currently available to support children’s learning, particularly with film, so we thought it would be useful to gather a list of 30 or so that we like the look of. They are organised by the key subject areas we work with: Modern Languages (all age phases); Film and Media Studies (which tend to be 14-19); Primary; and general film education for a wider engagement with film.

We are unable to check all pages on all the sites, so if there is anything on there that you’re concerned about, please let us know: education@bfi.org.uk

 

Modern Foreign Languages

General language websites with film content

ALL
The Association for Language Learning.
all-languages.org.uk

AQA
Teaching guide to working with film in A level and beyond.
aqa.org.uk/resources/languages/as-and-a-level/teach/teaching-guide-films

FilmArobics
This is American and is mainly paid-for content, but you can download sample lessons for free.
filmarobics.com

FILTA
The Film in Language Teaching Association, convened by Carmen Herrera at Manchester Metropolitan University.
filta.org.uk/index

Fluent U
This website is for all languages and is promoting a language teaching app, but has some decent guides on using film in language teaching.
fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2013/06/28/learn-chinese-movies
fluentu.com/blog/educator-spanish/movies-for-spanish-class

Rachel Hawkes
Lots of resources using film for French, Spanish and German.
rachelhawkes.com/RPP/Film/Film

Screening Languages
A BFI microsite compiling short films and teaching materials for the four main MFL languages.
screeninglanguages.org

Teach It Languages
teachitlanguages.co.uk

German

Goethe Institut
goethe.de/ins/gb/en

French

French Teacher
frenchteacher.net/teachers-guide/teaching-film

Institut Francais
culturetheque.com/EXPLOITATION/GBR/regarder

Mandarin

UCL Confucius Institute
Materials for the Pre U syllabus key film texts.
ci.ioe.ac.uk/pre-u-culture-paper-materials

 

Film and Media Studies

English and Media Centre’s Media Magazine
Features online and printed materials to support Film and Media Studies — subscription only.
englishandmedia.co.uk/media-magazine/mmag-login

Film Education
The original Film Education website is still available to access, free of charge, with some material migrated to The Film Space.
filmeducation.org
thefilmspace.org

Into Film
BFI’s funded delivery partner for film education across the UK has hundreds of online curriculum resources and ideas for activities and films to watch at home.
intofilm.org

The London Film School
Offering live online courses and tutorials, for free.
lfs.org.uk/workshops/lfs-live

MasterClass
Offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Film and photography courses led by Martin Scorsese and Annie Leibovitz. Paid-for content.
masterclass.com

NFTS
The National Film and Television School is conducting Virtual Masterclasses.
nfts.co.uk/blog/incredible-virtual-masterclasses-boost-spirits-quarantined-nfts-students

Raindance – The Lockdown Sessions
Paid for access to online tutorials from filmmakers.
raindance.org/courses/?swoof=1&product_tag=the-lockdown-sessions

Simply Scripts
A database of hundreds of downloadable scripts, screenplays and transcripts of current and classic movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows.
simplyscripts.com

Women Make Movies
A good source of feminist film. Their current catalogue includes plot synopses and biographical information on the filmmakers. Also offers resources for aspiring filmmakers, with information on funding opportunities, internships and job opportunities.
www.wmm.com

 

Primary and families

BBC Teach
Features curriculum-linked clips, lessons and resources, and have recently expanded their Bitesize offer.
bbc.co.uk/teach

CBBFC
The education website of the British Board of Film Classification, featuring articles and information on how and why films have age ratings.
cbbfc.co.uk

Disney 10 Minute Shakeups
These are 10-minute activities based on Disney films that count towards a child’s 60 active minutes per day.
nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups

Film Education
While Film Education closed a long while ago, their online resources to accompany films, including activities and questions, are still live.
filmeducation.org/resources/primary

Into Film
Into Film have resources for all ages, including Key Stages 1 and 2. They have hundreds of resource packs and lesson ideas based on specific film titles. Registration is required but free.
intofilm.org

Literacy Shed
Features downloadable resource packs with tasks based on video clips on YouTube.
literacyshedplus.com/en-gb/browse/free-resources

 

General film education websites

Cinémathèque Française
The Cinémathèque Française has run a film education programme for 25 years called ‘Le Cinema cent ans de jeunesse.’ It mixes watching, making and discussing films on a new theme every year. It has a website of resources and activities, in English.
cinematheque.fr/cinema100ansdejeunesse/en

Learning on Screen (British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council) Box of Broadcasts (BOB)
Online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.
learningonscreen.ac.uk

Teach With Movies
Finds ways of supporting a wide range of learning through contemporary feature film releases.
teachwithmovies.org

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