International Film Education Symposium

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The International Film Education Symposium runs between 25th to 26th March at University of Bradford.

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The power of film to capture imagination and communicate with people is like no other. In an era of fake news, misinformation and emphasis on how we access and interpret media information, this two day symposium will highlight methods from across the world to empower and inspire learning via the moving image.

Bradford UNESCO City of Film has a reputation as a world leader in film education and delivers its own film literacy programme in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Join keynote speaker, the BFI’s Head of UK Learning Programmes, Mark Reid, Yongsun Lee – Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Alton Grizzle (UNESCO), guests from across the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the UK to learn more about the power of film in education. Sessions include interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a host of opportunities to discover more about Bradford’s Film Literacy programme, Film Education in a Community setting and Media Information Literacy.

This two day spotlight on film education is part of a series of events, activities and celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of Bradford UNESCO City of Film in 2019.

Speakers to include:

  • Alton Grizzle – UNESCO
  • Mark Reid – Head of UK Learning Programmes, BFI
  • Yongsun Lee – Korean Film Council (KOFIC)
  • Karen Merkel – board member of UK Commission to UNESCO
  • James Durran – English Adviser and film specialist
  • Philip Webb – Consultancy and Bradford Curriculum Innovation Centre
  • Simona Manni – Filmmaker
  • Tom Barrance – Learnaboutfilm Ltd
  • David Wilson – Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film

See below for more information on the speakers and their backgrounds

Outline Programme

Monday 25th March

Tuesday 26th March

Mark Reid – BFI Keynote – Situating Film literacy in a contemporary landscape Yongsun Lee – Director of Film Culture & Education Office Keynote – Korea’s programme of film education
Simona Manni – Filmmaker Session 3 Film education in a community setting Tom Barrance – Learnaboutfilm Ltd Session 7 – Worksop: Simple activities for introducing film language
Panel discussion on medial information literacy: Challenges of filtering out fake news with Mark Reid, Karen Merkel (UNESCO), Simona Manni and David Wilson. James Durran – English Adviser and film specialist Keynote – The integration of film into literature teaching
Bradford Film Literacy workshop with Philip Webb Consultancy and Bradford Curriculum Innovation Centre     Panel discussion on film education from local regional and International perspective: with Yongsun Lee, Tom Barrance and James Durran
City locations tour and Dinner National Science and Media Museum Tour

Speaker Information:

Mark Reid

Mark trained as an English and drama teacher in the 1990s and taught in south London for seven years before joining the British Film Institute (BFI) as the Teacher Training Officer in 1998, where he set up distance learning MA programmes for media teachers, before taking over Education programmes at BFI Southbank in 2006. He is currently Head of UK Learning Programmes at BFI, overseeing the Schools and Families programmes. Over the last six years he has led research and curriculum development programmes with a range of partners, including Screening Literacy (2012), the first pan-European survey of film education; the European Framework for Film Education (2015); and Film: a language without borders (2018), creating a programme of cinema events in UK, Germany and Denmark for school groups with pupils of migrant background.

Yongsun Lee

Yongsun Lee is the Director of Film Culture & Education Office at the Korean Film Council. He has been working to support and promote Korean Film and  the Korean film Industry since 2002. His work includes projects in film education and developing programmes to foster the environment for disabled audiences as well as citizens in isolated areas to improve their enjoyment of film and its culture. Yongsun and his team have made a blueprint of film education to grow and improve film literacy for Korean youths since 2018. Currently, the team is building the curriculum to launch film education at primary schools in Busan which is the first designated UNESCO Creative City of Film within Asia.

Karen Merkel

Karen Merkel has specialised in media production, consultancy and training in development for 30 years. She jointly set up New Media Networks (NMN) to partner with international agencies, broadcasters, media practitioners, academic institutions and communities globally. Previously, she assessed capital lottery bids for the Arts Council of England specialising in Cultural Quarters and digital developments, and produced the BFI’s Capital Development Plan. She also was Chair of Stratford Circus Arts Centre in East London for 4 years. She produced features for BBC Radios 4 and 5Live and started and co-ran SoundRadio – one of the first five Community Radio Stations with a UK Licence to broadcast.

She worked for the BBC for nine years, directing projects for World Service Education and as Director of Education for the former World Service Trust (the BBC’s International Development arm) and directing strategy for BBC Worldwide Interactive Learning. She went on to run Amnesty International Secretariat’s Internet Programme, oversaw the launch of the new Amnesty website globally and introduced its first online debate. Karen has commissioned and led creative teams to deliver media programmes for broadcast and interactive platforms globally. She is an Associate Tutor for the practice based module of the Master’s Course in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Alton Grizzle 

Alton Grizzle is a happily married husband, father and Christian. He works at the UNESCO HQ in Paris as Programme Specialist in Communication and Information. He manages  UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL) and is a focal point on gender and media. He has written on the topic of media and information literacy and presented at various conferences and meetings around the world. Alton has diverse education and experience in the fields of education, management, information systems and media and communication. He has conceptualized and spearheaded many initiatives and projects, authored articles, and co-authored and edited books relating to MIL, gender and media, media development, communication for development. Prior to UNESCO, he was an educator/principal at secondary school and adult vocational training levels of the education systems in Jamaica for ten years. He holds a Diploma in secondary education from the Mico University College, a Bsc. in management and economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI), an Msc in Computer-based Management Information Systems from the UWI, MA in Media and Communication from the University of Leicester, UK; and a Ph.D. in Communication and Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

James Durran

James Durran is an English Adviser in North Yorkshire. He has 25 years’ experience teaching English, media and drama in state secondary schools, has lectured on initial teacher training courses and has contributed to research projects with the Institute of Education (UCL) and the British Film Institute, for whom he is also an MA tutor. An experienced trainer, James has delivered seminars, lectures and practical workshops across the country and abroad on the teaching of English, media and literacy, for both secondary and primary teachers. He has published a number of books for teachers and students, including (with Andrew Burn) Media Literacy in Schools.

Simona Manni

After studying film theory in Italy and documentary production in England, Simona started her work as a freelance filmmaker in York in 2012 and has produced educational, marketing, and event videos for a variety of local and national clients. Since 2015, she specialised in participatory filmmaking, where she uses expressive filmmaking with groups of people in community settings. Simona has a strong interest in how filmmaking can be used as a bridge to promote constructive and authentic communication between groups. She has designed inclusive participatory sessions, where, with her support, participants develop their own creativity by experimenting with filming techniques and using storytelling to explore their feelings and to communicate their viewpoints on relevant issues without having their voice mediated by an external filmmaker. Through this approach she has worked with a wide range of groups, including asylum seekers, people in recovery from mental health problems, homeless young people, women using support services, care home residents living with dementia.  In 2018, Simona started a PhD at the Digital Creativity Labs, University of York, looking at developing interactive films in communities to discuss and explore issues related to mental health.

David Wilson

David Wilson is Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, where he represents the city on an international level as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Using the UNESCO title, David and his team work with many partners to bring about social and economic benefits for the people of Bradford and UK, to ensure all are realising the benefits of its status as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. David is an international ambassador for the city, regularly speaking and presents at film, business and community events on Bradford’s film heritage and the city’s approach as a creative city, in addition to writing about film and presenting review shows on TV and radio. David represents the UK at an international level in relation to film and was one of the founding members of the UNESCO Creative Cities steering group, representing film. Since re-launching the Bradford Film Office in 2012 David and his team have brought hundreds of film and TV productions to the city. David was recently appointed Visiting Fellow in Film at the University of Bradford

David has a first class honours degree with a focus on culture and regeneration from the University of Bradford and is Director of the Small World Film Festival, the Bradford Family Film Festival and the Golden Years Film Festival. He is also a member of the advisory board at the Centre for World Cinema & Digital Cultures – University of Leeds, UK.

David is a professional musician and accomplished saxophonist with many years of experience performing live across the UK, Europe and in the US.