BBFF's School's program



Get your school involved in this great Northern Rivers cultural event!

Offering a great selection of film for kids in various age groups, education packs and detailed teacher’s kits, it is easy to get your school involved in this great Northern Rivers cultural event. We are very proud to offer the big screen event to primary and secondary school students in Byron Bay, Brunswick Heads, Lismore and Murwillumbah. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the teaching programs open young eyes to the world through the magical storytelling of film.

Now established as a must-do annual event for many schools, The Big Screen Experience is exciting, entertaining and educationally enriching.

Teacher’s resource kits and education packs

An informative and useful resource kit has been created for teachers, so attending students will get the best from their film and learning experience. Created by an education professional, it is designed to make the teacher’s job effortless and to assist in transitioning the learning impact into the classroom.

These wonderful film programs also educate students with contemporary themes and general capabilities from the current NSW curriculum. Some session times may also be slightly extended to allow for Q&A with a local filmmaker providing feedback and invaluable insight into the process behind making the films you will see.

We have developed this year’s program information to double as a powerpoint presentation available for attending schools to use in class.

Find out more & BOOK NOW!

If you want your school to be part in 2019’s Big Screen Experience in April, book early if you’re keen to lock in a specific date or venue. Register your interest below or contact schools@bbff.com.au or phone 0411 132 481.

What teachers and students say

We have attended the Film Fest for the last 2 or 3 years and very much enjoy the G-rated content. As we study ‘viewing texts’ it is a good resource and easy to access as it is in the locality. Look forward to future screenings.

– Lanny Davidson, Assistant Principal, Byron Bay Public School

The experience for our kids was phenomenal. It was wonderful to have more mature content presented to the older Stage 6 students. The diversity of films from across the globe was inspiring and it was of course particularly wonderful to have an Australian film presented and to have the effects editor and writer/director discuss the process after the viewing. We are looking to have more film content in our teaching programs in the future and this was a great way to engage kids in the film making process. Hopefully, we can have more students attend next year’s festival. Thanks once again for the opportunity.

– Paul Todd, Head Teacher – Creative And Performing Arts / Languages Other Than English, Byron Bay High School

We had lots of fun watching 12 short films. All these films used different techniques to get the ideas across. These included collage, animation and cartoons. The films also had many different messages. ‘Hannah and the Moon’ portrays an unhappy child whose mother is too busy to spend time with her so she spends each evening talking to the moon. ‘In a Heartbeat’ makes a serious comment about school bullying, while ‘Life’ is a slapstick piece that is great for good laugh. My favourite was ‘The Golden Snail’, an animation taken from the book by Graeme Base. It was entertaining and funny.

– Kassidy Burke, Student, Mullumbimby Public School

Thank you for the screening, as usual, it was a great resource for extending the viewing experience of the Film students. It generated discussion around genre, narrative and technique which is invaluable for the students’ start of the year projects. It is a compulsory activity for our senior students and is attached to their assessment. This year the students were impressed with the diversity of the program, which seemed to cover quite a range of genres from animation, dramas and documentary, all of which apply to their own filmmaking experiences at school. Mullumbimby High has attended a number of screenings over the years now and will continue to support this international event for the educational value it provides our Film students.

– Natalie Grant, Visual Arts/Film and Video teacher, Mullumbimby High School