Lights, camera, action! Last year, our school had the privilege of hosting the International Kids' Film Festival (IKFF) for the first time, and what an exhilarating experience it was! As we prepare to embark on this cinematic journey again, we reflect on the wonderful memories created and its impact on our students. We share our insights on the past event, the enriching student experiences, and how we aim to enhance the experience even further this year.
A Cinematic Extravaganza at Our School:
Being an educational institution that values holistic development, we were thrilled to bring the IKFF to our students. With utmost dedication, we ensured that a plethora of captivating movies reached our young audience. Transforming our campus into an open theatre, we spared no effort in creating an ambience reminiscent of an outdoor digital cinema, complete with an impressive screen and impeccable audio quality. Adhering to all the norms set forth by IKFF, we utilized social media platforms to keep everyone informed and engaged in the event.
An Unforgettable Student Experience:
The response from our students surpassed all expectations. Witnessing an event of this magnitude within the school premises was a source of immense pride for them. As the only school in our state to host IKFF, our students felt like pioneers of a cinematic revolution in the education system. They actively participated in discussions, asking questions and sharing their thoughts on the themes depicted in the films.
The inclusion of a post-screening quiz further enhanced their engagement. The students' enthusiastic participation resulted in many of them winning prizes, making the event entertaining and rewarding. To ensure that the students were well-prepared, we informed them a day in advance about the movie to be screened, inspiring some to conduct online research about the film's background. This dedication and curiosity displayed by our students were truly heartening.
A Sense of Belonging to a Wider Community:
One of the most significant aspects of hosting IKFF was the realization that our students were part of a much larger audience. Knowing that numerous schools across the country were simultaneously participating in the festival created a sense of unity and belongingness. It strengthened the students' understanding that they were part of a wider community of young cinephiles, all brought together by the magic of storytelling on the silver screen.
Improving the Experience:
As we gear up for this year's edition of IKFF, we are committed to making the event even more enriching for our students. One aspect that would elevate the experience is the inclusion of more movies in local languages. By doing so, students can connect on a deeper level, allowing them to relate to and appreciate the stories in a more personal and culturally relevant manner.
The International Kids' Film Festival has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on our school, our students, and our community. Hosting such an event fosters a love for cinema and nurtures critical thinking, empathy, and cultural awareness among our young minds. As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming edition, we are excited to witness the magic of storytelling unfold once again, as we continue to make cherished memories together within the walls of our school.