Students to attend BIFF programme
BIFF “Books to Film” Programme for elementary schools is set with two Bermudian authors featured.
The Bermuda International Film Festival programme for students, teachers and schools will take place during the festival with all schools sent an invitation and the programme finalised.
About 1,000 students are expected to attend the programme which will take place
during the BIFF Film Festival.
The BIFF Academy for BIFF 2019 is sponsored by The Butterfield Foundation and is free to the schools thanks to their support. It is held in the Earl Cameron Theatre.
It has more than a fun factor, though that is part of it. It serves an important educational purpose. It aims to inspire imagination and explore important social issues.
The Books to Film component of the student programme is an educational initiative focusing on visual literacy for primary children. The teachers of the primary 1-4 levels are invited to a fun programme of reading and film. Story books are read to the students by guest readers followed by a screening of a film adaptation. BIFF provides the film and material to integrate the experience later in their classrooms.
This year Nicky Gurret, Artistic Director who leads the BIFF Academy is excited to announce that two of the children books selected for the Books to film programme are local Bermudian authors.
The first is Zoe Dyson who recently published Tall Tale. Many times, when people think about Bermuda they think of a triangle. This story is a local Bermudian tale about the origins of the phrase “The Bermuda Triangle”. The local author and illustrator heard this tall tale recently and felt it was a clever story that was worth sharing visually. The book tells the story that involves local pirates, cows and passing tall ships that were exploring the Atlantic Ocean.
The artist/illustrator was born and raised in Bermuda. She was educated at Warwick Academy and in England. The book “Tall Tale” is currently available in the Bermuda Book Shop. The little film was created by the author as an adaptation of the book. She would love for it to inspire local children to write and illustrate stories or poems about Bermuda's colourful culture. Zoë can be followed on Instagram — @zozofive and her website is www.zoehedstom.com.
The second Bermudian author is Tashel Bean, the creator of the Adventure of Raz animation series. This is his first children's book. The book is about a young boy Raz and his lizard sidekick Mango who share a brand-new adventure discovering a subterranean world located deep within The Crystal Cave.
Both of these books along with Giraffes Can't Dance, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees and the classic Tikki Tikki Tembo written by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent will feature in the Books to Film programme of BIFF which takes place on the morning of 13th and 14th March 2019.
• Press release from the Bermuda International Film Festival