Kids @ BIFF – 5th Grade Workshops

Kids FirstThe Beloit International Film Festival, in partnership withKid’s First, is presenting film-critiquing workshops with area 5th grade students. Students  will join us at the Eclipse Center in Beloit to learn about reviewing films in an effort to develop more educated and discerning film viewers in our area youth. Our goal is to enhance the students’ enjoyment and understanding of film media and give them a skill they can continue to develop and enjoy the rest of their film viewing lives.

DATE: Thursday Feb 17th
TIMES: Two sessions, morning (9:00 – 10:15), afternoon (12:45 – 2:00).
LOCATION: The Eclipse Center
WHO: Beloit School District 5th Graders

NOTE: Students will be picked up by bus from their school and brought to the Eclipse Center.
INFORMATION: Melissa Badger, School District of Beloit – Community & School Relations  608-361-4100, mbadger(at)

Students are bussed to the Eclipse Center with the expenses generously covered by a grant from the Stateline Community Foundation. Once the students arrive, the various facilitators, trained by Kids First, begin by reviewing the major components of a film. Topics such as character development, sets music, costumes and much more are discussed to help prepare the students for their reviews. Also, the importance of why films are reviewed and how film makers use the information is covered.

kids-learning-about-filmWe then watch a selection of short films that provide a variety of styles and content so students can see how the different components are used to make a film. The films are most likely productions the students will not have seen before. After the viewing is completed, the students pick the film they want to review most and complete a worksheet review. After the reviews are completed, there will be discussion about the films and group participation activities to allow the students to interact and share their reviews with others.

Stateline Community FoundationWe thank Kids Fist for their partnership and support in helping us present these workshops, providing materials and putting the completed reviews into the hands of the film makers. We thank the Stateline Community Foundation for helping with the transportation needs and presentation of this program. Lastly, we thank all the teachers and parents that allow us some time with their precious film viewers.

They’ll be in good hands.

Thank you to the School District of Beloit Gifted and Talented Department! They are the ones who developed the curriculum for this field trip and are leading the discussions with the students.


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