Ní Chuilín encourages the Oscar stars of tomorrow to learn through film.
Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has visited the Cinemobile mobile cinema in the grounds of the Belfast City Hall to launch the FILMCLUB Expansion scheme.
The expansion will see the existing scheme grow from the existing 68 participating schools to 338.
FILMCLUB is an after schools scheme that offers children and young people the opportunity to watch, debate and review the very best in cinema. Ninety local school children joined the Minister at the launch to watch a screening of the Water Horse in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.
The Minister said: “Film is a uniquely powerful medium which can introduce young people to the wider world and promote better learning.
“Making learning experiences relevant to the needs and interests of young people is often challenging. Clubs such as these help children and young people have fun while improving their social and communication skills and raising aspirations.
“Who knows we may have amongst us an Oscar star of the future just like Belfast director Terry George. Last night Terry won an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category for his film The Shore filmed in Killough last year.
“This magnificent achievement has showcased our local film making talent on a global stage. I would like to again congratulate Terry and everyone involved. I am sure we can continue to build on this success as our Creative Industries go from strength to strength. Their achievement demonstrates the wealth of talent and experience we have in our local film industry that is now being showcased on the global stage."