Over the past weeks, 130 students, aged 9 to 11, have been given a unique experience to learn about film through a hands-on approach. Over a ten-day programme, students learnt about cinema, film production, scriptwriting, storyboarding, acting, filming and editing. The culmination of each programme was the shooting of a short film which the students got to develop from a script they cowrote.
The engaging hands-on curriculum for the programme was developed in collaboration with FACETS, a US based Film Education organisation which was also entrusted with training and mentoring of the film educators delivering the programme.
This summer camp is one of the various film education initiatives being developed by the film commission with the aim to inspire a new generation of filmmakers while increasing awareness about opportunities in the film industry.
“Education is the key to future proof Malta’s film industry. It is crucial to start integrating the art of film within our education system for all those who aspire to become Malta’s film makers.
The Government together with the Malta Film Commission will continue working hard to offer more new avenues through which more people can enter and work in Malta’s film industry,” outlined Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo.
Malta Film Commissioner Johann Grech insisted that, “we are giving more opportunities to our children in film education to increase awareness about the art of film and the potential of the film industry. We are incentivizing work in film because we want to create more opportunities for all, where our children can reach their dreams and can have careers in our film industry.”
This summer camp was made possible through the collaborations of the Malta Film Commission with the Foundation of Educational Services (FES) and the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST).