ICFF Junior runs from May 9-14, 2016 at the prestigious TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Colossus Theatre in Vaughan, and Cineplex Cinemas in Yorkdale.
ICFF Jr. is the annual film programme of ICFF that promotes film as an art form using the platform of Italian Cinema, while providing students (ages 8 to 18) with exposure to Italian culture and language. The program includes feature films, documentaries, animations and shorts. It provides educators with an alternative teaching method that respects a variety of learning styles.
In a multicultural and culturally vibrant environment such as the city of Toronto, film is the perfect medium to facilitate a variety of different learning experiences. This includes media literacy, exposure to Italian language and culture and the development of critical and analytical skills for students of all ages in Toronto and GTA.
The mission of ICFF Jr. is two-fold:
- To use cinema as a tool to enrich students’ analytical and critical skills while learning about key elements of the art of filmmaking. The power of moving images will provide the students with exposure to a real life experience within a multimedia and a multicultural context.
- To give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of Italian language and culture while enjoying the best of contemporary Italian cinema.ICFF Jr. gives students the opportunity to have a full cultural experience, not limited to film viewing.
We provide educational tools to teachers to enrich the students’ learning experience with each film. These are available on the ICFF website.
The teacher film resource package will comprise of pre-viewing activities and exercises that will introduce students to the cultural and thematic context of each film, as well as post-viewing activities to stimulate further discussion in the classroom.
The ICFF Jr. complements Toronto’s multicultural landscape by bringing a selection of films from well established Italian directors that have received international recognition.
Looking ahead, the ICFF Jr. fosters the development of global knowledge and expose students to new and engaging experiences.
We are aware that our students represent the future cinema audience, directors and actors. Therefore the ICFF Jr. intends to nurture and inspire tomorrow’s talents.
Furthermore, in a city where Italian is the second most spoken language, ICFF Jr. offers a unique opportunity to bring Italian language and culture to students in a way that makes it more relevant and tangible to them.
The ICFF Jr. takes place yearly in the month of May. Movies are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, downtown Toronto, and at the Colossus Theatre in Vaughan.
The screenings are all matinées (starting at 10/10:30 a.m.).
Please check our schedule for the upcoming Festival click here
To book a screening for your students, please click here
The Festival is open to all Toronto and GTA elementary and secondary schools (and from outside, if requested) as well as to youth in the ages of 8-18.
We implement age appropriate programmes to make sure the film is relevant not only in terms of content and message but also in terms of communication and perception for the audience.
The selection will be guided by Toronto educators in order to ensure that the films reflect the interests of a variety of age groups.