Sir Kenneth addressed 200 young people and their teachers at a special screening of his new film based on his own childhood.
He said: “Everyone has a unique and special story that is just their own. And it’s important to me that these stories are told, because everyone is different and that’s what makes it interesting.
The Into Film Festival runs through the end of the month in schools across Northern Ireland with a series of free screenings and resources like the Story Builder writing tool available year round.
Kenneth Branagh, Ambassador of Northern Ireland for Into Film, was joined by young actors Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie at the 2021 first festival held at Movie House Cityside in Belfast.
They spoke to young people from Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast High School, Ashfield Girls School and South West Regional College.
Into Film, an educational charity, encourages young people to follow Kenneth Branagh’s advice and tell their stories using a new resource Story Builder, a writing tool developed by the team from Northern Ireland .
Story Builder captures students’ imaginations and gives them space to create and build their own stories as if they were developing a movie. This is a free resource, which allows students to work alone or together to develop characters, build their story, decide on sets, and design their own movie posters.
Naomh Cullen, Into Film Project Delivery Manager, explained: “The Northern Irish are renowned for their incredible stories and Kenneth Branagh encouraged the students to speak up. Everyone has a story to tell and our team developed Story Builder to help young people find their voice and spread their stories to the world. Story Builder is now being used in schools across Northern Ireland and teachers have found it to be a real asset in the classroom.
“Kenneth Branagh used his own experiences as a young boy to write Belfast. We want to encourage the young people of Northern Ireland to become our next great storyteller and Story Builder gives them a starting point. “
The Into Film Festival is organized by Into Film, a film education charity supported by the BFI with funding from the National Lottery and made possible with support from Cinema First and the UK film industry. The National Lottery raises £ 36million each week for good causes across the UK.
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