Links We Like

Media Studies – articles
Education Week article – “Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking”
Reuters – “Point-of-view films make the camera a character”

Media Studies – organizations
Center for Media Literacy
Instructional Materials in Media Literacy Studies
Media Smarts – Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy
Ontario Media Literacy
Origins of American Animation
POV-Documentaries with a Point of View- Lesson Plans

Filmmaking resources
The Basics of Animation
McLaren’s Workshop – Create your own animation using this free iPad App from the NFB
Persistence of vision
Storyboarding
Using Film in Schools: A Practical Guide

Music resources
Royalty Free Music – music that you can use in your films for FREE.
Freesound.org – a database of FREE sounds

Canadian Film Festivals for Children and Youth
Freeze Frame –  in Winnipeg
TIFF Kids –  in Toronto
Reel Youth Film Festival – an insightful, compelling and hilarious collection of short films from across the globe—all made by youth (various locations)
ViewFinders – in Halifax

Where to purchase films
A Mighty Girl: Movies for Smart, Confident and Courageous Girls

Youth programs and organizations
BC Field Trips – a site that lists cool field trips for schools
BC Green Games – an annual contest that encourages K-12 students to share sustainability stories
First Weekend Club – a site dedicated to getting Canadian film in theatres
Out in Schools – engages youth through film in the promotion of safer and more diverse learning environments, free from homophobia, transphobia and bullying
In Focus – a Vancouver based independent film school that partners filmmakers with non-profit organizations to provide hands-on film training and storytelling techniques for all skill levels
Push Festival – a performance festival in Vancouver
Reel Youth – supports youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most
Theatre Replacement – a company in Vancouver that produces alternative theatre
ZoomFest – a student film festival

Cool animation
Animando – by Marcos Magalhães and NFB
Fresh Guacamole – by PES
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – 2011 NYICFF Grand Prize Short and Audience Award
Fireworks – by PES
Western Spaghetti – by PES

Our favourite docs
Love Life