Youth Engagement

The Festival's Youth Engagement Programme includes events specifically aimed at people under 25, offering fun and educational experiences designed to foster an on-going relationship with cinema and the Festival's themes. This is made possible by the continued support from Bo'ness business Caledonian Produce – Bakkavor, a leading international manufacturer of freshly prepared foods. New delivery partners for 2017, are Scotland's War and the University of Glasgow, whilst we continue our close relationships with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and Falkirk Council's Community Learning and Development Team (Bo'ness).

Keeping it Reel

Working with the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and students from the University of Glasgow's Film Curation MSc course, young people aged 14-25 will curate a short programme of archive footage that speaks to them about the representation of youth on film in Scotland during the silent era. This will be presented by the group at New Found Sound (accompanied live by a pianist and followed by a short Q&A.

New Found Sound is a unique schools initiative which invites talented young people to respond musically to silent film. Now in its 17th year the 2017 project is led by mentor, Susanne Bell (musician, composer and Falkirk Youth Music Initiative tutor) and leading folk musicians John Somerville (Treacherous Orchestra), Marc Duff (Capercaillie co-founder) and Steven Holland, tutors with Falkirk Schools' Traditional Music Groups.

On Sunday 26 March at 11:00 students from Larbert High School will be conducting and performing the world premiere of their own new score to a film directed by prolific Scottish amateur filmmaker Frank Marshall ('Mower Madness' (1939).

This zany comedy will be followed by two shorts from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive accompanied by the traditional bands. We end the event with a film curated by a group from HippFest's youth engagement programme. In partnership with: Youth Music Initiative, NLS Moving Image Archive

Primary School Workshops

Animals in World War 1
Wednesday 22 March | 10:00 – 11:30

Many and various animals were employed to support British and Allied Forces in World War One. They were not able to choose but they all played a vital role in the cause of human freedom. Pupils will learn about the therapeutic role of animals and the part played in combat and defence by dogs, horses, cats, birds – and parrots and a pig! An excellent opportunity to support heritage learning in the Curriculum for Excellence and a lively way for pupils to learn about the First World War from a fresh and accessible perspective, drawing extensively on Scottish experience and resources. The interactive session will be richly illustrated with images and will be supported by the free exhibition and the screening of ‘A Couple of Down and Outs'.

  • Pupils £2.60
  • Accompanying adults/teachers free
  • Pre-booking essential
  • Venue: Hippodrome
  • Age: P6– P7
Silent Sing and Sign
Friday 24 March | 10:00 – 11:30

In the silent era deaf people could fully participate in popular cinema as equal members of the audience, appreciating the independence from verbal communication, the use of intertitles and the expert use of facial and body expressions. In partnership with pupils and staff at Windsor Park School we celebrate this heyday of accessibility with a fine example of Keaton slapstick. The session will then be led by Alan Sanders and deaf pupils from Windsor Park who will introduce hearing pupils to deaf awareness, finger signing, BSL and teach a new song in BSL.

  • Free
  • Pre-booking essential
  • Venue: Hippodrome
  • Age: P6 – P7

HippFest at Bo'ness Youth Clubs

  • Deanburn Primary School | Monday 20 March | 18:30-20:00
  • Bo'ness Public Primary School | Thursday 24 March | 18:30-20:00
  • Admission free

After the resounding success of last year's workshops, Glasgow-based filmmaker, Kate Burton returns to these regular groups run by the Falkirk Community Learning and Development team in Bo'ness. With her passion for film education, Kate will bring the silent era to life with hands-on craft workshops at youth clubs designed to give P1-P7 children the chance to have fun, socialise and learn in a safe environment.

Introduction to Film: The Silent Treatment

In 2016 New HippFest partner, Screen Education Edinburgh, in collaboration with Falkirk's Community Learning and Development team, took local young people aged 11-18 through a fun and intensive 'Introduction to Film' course. The resulting film, 'Love Crush' premiered at HippFest 2016 to great acclaim and has gone on to be entered into film festivals worldwide.

Read more about the project on the Falkirk Herald website.

Work on this course contributed towards the Arts Award and all participating students are eligible to apply for the longer BFI Film Academy. Thank you to Bo'ness Library for their support in delivering this project.

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Last updated: 09 February 2017 at 10:19