Highfields is to host a film festival celebrating the talents of budding film directors, news anchors, producers and performers from across the City.
The Young Wolf Film Festival will be staged from July 2nd to 6th and feature a packed programme of events involving dozens of students from schools and Sixth Forms across Wolverhampton.
The festival will kick off with a trip to the Electric Cinema, the UK’s oldest working cinema, before students attend the glittering DIGI Awards at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre, where Highfields students have won accolades over the past two years for their movie-making efforts.
A day of interactive workshops is then being organised for selected students from Highfields and participating schools which will allow them to work with professional sound designers, make-up artists and special effects experts to create mini movies in school.
On July 5th, Highfields will host the Young Wolf Film Awards, celebrating the talents of the City’s young filmmakers over the past year, before a festival finale of dance and cinema, including an open-air screening of Grease, on July 6th.
The festival is being launched following the success of the school’s Film Club, which has been running for over seven years and has seen students’ films entered into competitions. Film Studies has also been taught at A Level for several years and was introduced to Year 9 this year. Next year sees the GCSE course begin across Key Stage 4.
Film Studies teacher, Mr D Cooper, said: “We have some incredibly talented students at Highfields who are very enthusiastic about the various elements of the film-making process.
“We have run a Film Club for over seven years at Highfields and the last few years have had a real focus on film making, with students making films which have been entered into competitions and showcased to members of public at the recent Shakespearience Festival in Wolverhampton City Centre.
"Similarly the students in both Year 9 and Sixth Form in Film Studies have been producing some high quality work, so the Young Wolf Film Festival will be an excellent platform for us to celebrate their creativity.”