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National Schools Film Week 2008

National Schools Film Week will be held this year from 20th - 24th October  in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd - 7th November in Scotland.

Nearly 2,000 free film screenings are being held in over 500 locations across the UK as part of the 13th National Schools Film Week.

Up to 320,000 children are expected to take part in what is now the biggest festival of its kind in Europe ... and for 60 per cent of children who attend, this will be their first ever cinema experience!

Films for Primary schools include: Igor, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Golden Compass, Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Dr Seuss' Horton Hears A Who! whilst older students will be attending screenings of: The Kite Runner, Persepolis, Happy Go Lucky, Juno, Son of Rambow, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

A number of filmmakers will be holding Masterclasses with children including two-time BAFTA winning director Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland), Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, Dirty Pretty Things) and Abi Morgan (Brick Lane).

Filmmaker and Film Education Patron Lord Attenborough comments: ‘National Schools Film Week offers a wonderful range of international films which capture the imagination of young children across the UK. The films are a way of introducing serious and important issues to children through creative means.'

Film Education Director Ian Wall adds: ‘It's amazing to see how National Schools Film Week has grown in just 13 years. When Film Education launched it, we didn't dare to dream that it would become this big, with this many separate events and locations. We believe passionately that film can play a pivotal role in education. For many kids across the country, this will be their first magical experience of cinema.'

This year, the week will launch in London's Leicester Square on 17th October followed by the Young Film Critic of the Year Ceremony.

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