The ICFF is thrilled to present the 10th edition of the ICFF Youth program, taking place in November 2021 and February 2022 in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). This year’s edition will offer two unique film programs that touch upon important expectations in the Ontario Curriculum, and will feature a digital approach in bringing cinema back to the classroom. ICFF Youth believes film is a powerful medium to elicit empathy and understanding, but also to provoke debate. Both programs will offer an opportunity for dialogue, cross-cultural exchange and a greater understanding of these topics.
ICFF Youth will offer a live Webinar session for both programs that will dive further into these topics and welcome notable speakers. ICFF also offers Educational Packages related to all films which includes pedagogical materials for teachers to use for their lesson planning.
This will aid teachers in creating engaging discussions about the films by offering a 2-Way Teaching Approach:
1. Viewing the film during school hours – IN CLASS or ONLINE
Teachers will have the option of incorporating the film screening as part of the in-class learning or online learning during the school day. Teachers can watch the movie alongside students, ensuring their engagement and participation. This also allows teachers to pause the film as the class watches, incorporating lessons and discussions based on specific scenes, words, themes or characters.
2. Viewing the film outside of school hours – AT HOME
Teachers can request students to view the film as part of their out-of-school learning within their homework. The teacher can then plan for the following day with activities, worksheets and discussions based on the students’ experience while watching the film. This will provide the opportunity for students to express their own insight on the film and complete the activities set out by their teacher.
Black History Month Film Series
ICFF Youth will offer a curated selection of films that highlight the tremendous range and diversity of Black filmmaking talent in front of, and behind the camera. In addition, the program aims to celebrate the vibrancy and style of Black culture in all its facets, whether it be through: cinema, music, art, poetry or dance. The program will celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have helped make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. ICFF Youth: Black History Month will include engaging content for students prior to the screening of the films from respected members of the Black community. Students will hear from influential writers, artists, and directors who coincide with the representation of Black culture within the films.
Indigenous Film Series
ICFF Youth will feature a selection of Indigenous-made films by directors from diverse Nations across Canada reflecting Indigenous culture, while also having a strong emphasis on Social Studies and Language Studies. This program highlights the importance of awareness of Indigenous Cultures and the ways in which their values are expressed, whether it be through traditions, art, music, clothing, beliefs and ways of living. The ICFF Youth: Indigenous Film Series will include engaging content for students prior to the screening of the films from respected members of Indigenous communities. Students will hear from influential writers, artists and leaders of these communities who directly coincide with the representation of the Indigenous culture within the films.