2011 Cine Sparks providing education through film

Finance, Natural Resources and The Arts
The Honourable Rachel Nolan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Media Release

Cine Sparks, the International Film Festival for young people, will bring new cinematic experiences to South East Queensland schools and students this year, announced Arts Minister Rachel Nolan.

Ms Nolan said the event is a prelude to the Brisbane International Film Festival and provides children with the chance to experience and engage in the city’s celebration of screen.

“Cine Sparks, 10-14 October, will showcase a mix of foreign language documentaries and feature films from countries as diverse as Mexico, Indonesia, Spain, Japan, Norway, France and China,” Ms Nolan said.

“This year the festival will deliver 11 world cinema titles over 20 sessions for secondary school students, all taking place during school hours.

“A particular highlight is the Norwegian film The Liverpool Goalie, winner of the Crystal Bear Award at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and voted by the Children’s Jury.

“Arild Andresen’s heart-warming comedy delves into the suburban world of 13-year-old Jo, a world of madcap adventures, growing pains, and all the complications of teenage life in high school.”

Education Minister Cameron Dick said the program gives young Australians a window into other cultures and provides an opportunity to explore experiences of youth through humour, drama and documentary stories.

“The stories align with Queensland’s secondary school curriculum, combining media and visual literacy education, with foreign languages, as well as the study of social and community studies, drama, film, new media, geography and history.

“I encourage all students and teachers to participate in the 2011 program and be inspired by another world in your very own backyard,” he said.

“The Bligh Government is a proud supporter of Cine Sparks and will send four thousand programs directly to teachers and educators across South East Queensland.”

A partnership between Cine Sparks and the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) provides ATOM study guides for a selection of the films, emphasising the educational component of the festival for teachers and students.

The State Government through Screen Queensland and Education Queensland will invest $60,000 in Cine Sparks.

Cine Sparks will be held at Palace Barracks cinema in Brisbane. The program is available online at www.biff.com.au/cinesparks Bookings can be made through ATOM’s Metro Magazine website at www.metromagazine.com.au/cinesparks