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”
Screencraft – “How to Teach Screenwriting to Kids”

Media Studies – organizations
NFB StopMo Studio
Crash Course on Media Literacy
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
Free 2D Animation Software
Free Storyboard Software
The Basics of Animation
McLaren’s Workshop – Create your own animation using this free iPad App from the NFB
Persistence of vision
Using Film in Schools: A Practical Guide
Into Film – Resources 
BFI Teaching Resources

Music resources
Royalty Free Music – music that you can use in your films for FREE. – 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)
Toronto Youth Shorts – Ontario’s largest youth based film festival run by volunteers

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 – provides a superior film education through accelerated, hands-on learning, encourages students to grow as visual storytellers; to realize their personal artistic visions, and to maintain creative autonomy
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
I Am Here – 2017 National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short
Rabbit and Deer – 2015 National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short
The Missing Scarf  – 2014 National Film Board of Canada Award for Best Animated Short
A Chairy Tale
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
Our World – a project that visits remote First Nations communities to bring together youth and elders to include First Language translation, speaking and cultural sharing
NFB Short Docs
NFB Classic Docs
My Father’s Tools
Bright Spots
Mo’s Bows
Nothing about Mocassins
Kimberly Nixon: Journey to Acceptance – 2017 winner of the Documentary Award in our Youth Filmmakers Showcase
The Ellingsen Brothers – 2016 winner of the Documentary Award in our Youth Filmmakers Showcase
Love Life