Field Trip screenings display a wide range of filmmaking techniques, and an even wider range of perspectives as our festival includes works from over thirty countries. Each screening is followed by a conversation or Q&A with either a filmmaker, a special guest or a member of our Festival team, during which students will learn to think about form and craft as well as visual representation.
We know the importance of discussing literature in a classroom setting, and we believe that it is equally important to discuss film this way. Learning to dissect and interpret visual storytelling is an important skill to have in a society in which screen content is an integral part of everyday life.
To arrange a field trip for your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 349-0330. Please be prepared to provide grade level, number of students, and desired date(s).
Short Films One
Grades K-2 – The films in this program rely on music, color, and clear narratives to tell their stories either with no dialogue or in English
Short Films Two
Grades 3-5 – Films in this program display a variety of film techniques with layered stories and perspectives. Some films include subtitles
Short Films Three
Grades 6-8 – With many diverse cultural perspectives, these films explore identity and belonging.
- Field trips take place at Festival venues in midtown and lower Manhattan that are easily accessible by public transportation and can accommodate bus drop-off.
- Total program runtime is 2 hours (screening is approx. 1 hour)
- $8-10/student (free admission for teachers and chaperones)
- Transportation must be arranged by school
- All programs are available at no cost to Title 1 public schools where at least 40% of the student body comes from low-income households
All Programs Include
- Ballots for audience voting
- Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, Festival staff, and/or special guests
- Customized discussion guides for teachers to promote conversation in the classroom and further explore film content, themes, and filmmaking styles/techniques