Children from Belleek Primary School have been recognised by UK-wide educational charity Into Film for their work on a project that uses short films to foster literacy skills.

Twenty P4-7 children have completed the Film Buff Challenge, a powerful educational tool with a range of supporting activities and resources to explore key themes and topics.

The school was presented with a plaque by Into Film to recognise the hard work by the children and their teacher Kevin Beattie for completing the Challenge, which is a curated selection of films aiming to open a window to the world enabling young people to watch and review short, accessible films to improve their literacy and critical thinking skills. 

Into Film has a team based in Northern Ireland who delivered a workshop with the school to help them get started on writing reviews.

Into Film Northern Ireland Delivery Manager Sean Kelly said: “We want to congratulate Belleek Primary School on completing the Film Buff Challenge. They are a great example of how film can be used in the classroom as a powerful educational tool that develops and sharpens analytical and literacy abilities, while providing a basis for thought-provoking discussion.”  

With a selection of films for ages 7-11 and another for ages 11-14, pupils earn silver, gold or platinum awards by watching films and writing reviews. As well as certificates along the way, Platinum Film Buffs are awarded a clapperboard keyring and are in with a chance of winning prizes.

To complete the Film Buff Challenge the children at Belleek Primary watched ten short films touching on a variety of themes linked to the curriculum on Into Film+, the charity’s free educational streaming service, which is available to schools.

Teachers wishing to take up Film Buff Challenge can visit for details. Into Film are also offering free workshops to introduce the Challenge. To book your class workshop email


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