Providing free screenings of Australian feature films, shorts and documentaries in cinemas for schools nationwide.
School Screen provides free screenings of Australian feature films, shorts and documentaries for school students and their teachers in local cinemas around Australia. The program is a dynamic resource for teachers to entertain and engage students in a range of curriculum and learning areas.
The NFSA’s School Screen program harnesses the exciting and unique power of Australian film to tell our nation’s stories, and these free screenings provide a springboard for engaging students in relevant learning experiences across both the primary and secondary stages of the curriculum.
Teachers can guide students to achieve key learning outcomes and improve literacy in creative ways, while available study guides (see Resources below) link learning back to specific education outcomes for discussion and analysis.
Screenings can involve the whole school or community or be tailored to suit particular interests, areas or ages. Screenings usually take place in an area’s local cinema, but for remote areas where there is no local cinema, DVDs of most titles are available. A selection of contemporary Indigenous short films can also be accessed through the NFSA’s Black Screen program for use in schools.
NFSA Connects is a new program that provides students across Australia with unprecedented access to creative arts professionals to hear their stories and learn about their experiences. The project utilises video-conferencing and other digital networking equipment available to schools in both urban and regional areas to present Q&As with contemporary filmmakers and artists.
Supporting resources are available to creatively engage students in a range of curriculum and key learning areas. You can use the study guides available through Metro Magazine, ACMI and ACTF and/or through the NFSA’s education portal australianscreen.
A selection of some of the films from the School Screen touring program suitable for lower primary school students. Films include Elephant Tales (2006), Babe (1995), Napoleon (1995) and Happy Feet (2006).
Films from the School Screen touring program suitable for upper primary-junior high school students include Mary and Max (2009), Son of a Lion (2007), Footy Legends (2006) and Hating Alison Ashley (2005).
Films selected for senior high school students include Samson and Delilah (2009), The Black Balloon (2008), Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger (2007) and Romulus, My Father (2007).
Follow these easy steps to book your school’s attendance at a free School Screen viewing.