Free film tickets thanks to festival

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STUDENTS from Mablethorpe can get hold of free cinema tickets as part of the Film Education’s National Schools Film Week, taking place in October.

The film festival, dubbed the world’s largest for schools, aims to give young people the chance to enjoy films and begin to engage with the industry.

Mablethorpe’s Loewen Cinema is taking part, offering teachers the chance to book tickets for their students through the web.

The festival lasts from Monday, October 17 until Thursday, October 20.

Over 473,000 students and their teachers took advantage of the free tickets in 2010 in 2,500 screenings at 570 cinemas.

Debbie Spriggs, manager at Mablethorpe’s Loewen Cinema, said of last year’s event: “It was great to offer a cinema experience to children who’d never been to the cinema, or if they had it had been to a big multiplex. So I think it was nice for them to experience a small, seaside cinema. Film Week is a positive way of introducing people to the social experience of the cinema.”

Nick Walker, of National Schools Film Week, said: “Our hope is for teachers and students to feel massively engaged in the festival, as it is an incredible opportunity not only to build the adventurous, film-loving audience of the future but also to develop the kinds of passion in young people more likely to make them more receptive to this collectively experienced art form.”

The Loewen Cinema will be screening Secret of Kells, Rio, Gnomeo and Juliet and Yogi Bear across the four-day period.

l Teachers can book their free tickets on-line at www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org .