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London IB training – Category 3: Practical Film Production – Practical Film Approaches for the Classroom

February 2 - February 4, 2024

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ISTA is delighted to present this official IB workshop, Category 3 Practical Film ProductionPractical Film Approaches for the Classroom at the British Film Institute in London.

ISTA members and non-members are welcome.

About the workshop

Overview of the Workshop: Category 3 Practical Film Production – Practical Film Approaches for the Classroom
Practical film approaches for the classroom is a hands-on filmmaking workshop that aims to bring accessible, practical filmmaking techniques into schools. It is ideal for teachers who are less experienced with the practical aspects of school-based film production and is focussed on making film with whatever technology is available to teachers – all that is needed is a laptop, editing software and a recording device to be able to effectively implement the activities explored in this workshop.

Aim of the workshop
To engage participants in a range of practical filmmaking activities.
To deepen understanding of how to embed and facilitate practical filmmaking into the classroom environment.
To explore a range of practical activities to help prepare students for constructing a portfolio of film experiences.
To equip participants with the skills required to facilitate classroom-based filmmaking activities (including identifying clear filmmaker intentions, developing story, approaches to forming groups, production planning, developing and applying skills and approaches to screenings).
To explore a range of approaches to capturing and documenting the filmmaking process and for reflecting on developing practice.

Target audience
This workshop is for IB film teachers and theatre teachers or teachers of any subject looking to up-skill their ability to film student work. No previous IB training required for the film workshop.

Specialist workshop & specialist workshop leader (SWL)
All participants will take part in one specialist workshop with a screenwriter.
Details to be confirmed by December 2023.

Film Viewings
All participants will view two films as part of the workshop.
Details to be confirmed by December 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view our most frequently asked questions about this event.

About the workshop leader

Sharon Lacoste McDonagh
I am a self-described global citizen. My parents’ careers took my family to Zambia, England, Egypt, Ethiopia and finally Sweden where I graduated from Stockholm University. As an adult I have lived in Egypt (again), Ecuador, Canada, Turkey, Hong Kong, Japan and Luxembourg.

Before becoming a teacher I worked for many years as an Art Director in the film industry which lent me some real-world experience to bring to the classroom. I helped to develop the practical film workshop with ISTA as a way to enable other educators to access the language of film in an approachable and achievable manner for those who have little or no prior experience with the medium.

As an educator I have taught Film, Art and ToK for the past several years with the aim to guide students towards their individual voices and to enable them to express their ideas in a framework that is persuasive as well as aware. I enjoy the collaborative learning process that teaching brings and the platform it offers students to develop themselves into independent thinkers who understand the purpose and value of their learning.

I am passionate about developing an educational framework where there is balanced collaboration between the teacher and the student that is engaging, meaningful and often fun which is why I have also developed, a place and space to offer training and resources to educators in film.

Important information

British Film Institute
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XT

Venue website

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

For participants
Registration is now open
Registration closes 19th January 2024

Workshop timings
The workshop begins at 9:00am on Friday 2nd February 2024 and ends at 3:00pm on Sunday 4th February 2024.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions on all days.


Registration fees

ISTA Members – GBP £840
Non ISTA Members – GBP £895
T-Shirt – GBP £20

Total cost per participant:
ISTA Members – GBP £860
Non ISTA Members – GBP £915

Please note
Fees include lunches and tickets for two film viewings.

Anyone booking from 18th January onwards will not get a t-shirt.
Any bookings or amendments taken in the six weeks prior to the workshop will incur an additional GBP £50 late booking/amendment surcharge, subject to availability.
Once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per event terms and conditions.

Travel & visas

Travel & visas
Participants are advised to arrive in London by evening on Thursday 1st February 2024 and should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Sunday 4th February 2024.

Late arrivals and early departures will result in the certificate of attendance not being issued.

Please note:
International travel should be planned accordingly.

Please ensure you have the correct visa to enter the United Kingdom.

Participants are responsible for getting to and from the venue and cinemas during the event.

Accommodation & meals

Participants will be asked to book and pay for their own hotel accommodation. We advise you choose accommodation close to The British Film Institute, Southbank, London.

Lunches are provided.

Please note however, that owing to restrictions in the BFI we cannot provide tea/coffee or snacks during breaks. There is a cafe on site – but please bring anything needed with you.

Additional benefits

Participants will get free access to a variety of BFI content/discounts as part of the workshop.

What to bring

What to bring
Current DP Film Course Guide (ask your IB coordinator to provide if you do not have it) .
Laptop, editing software and a recording device (all charging cables must be compatible with 230V and UK Type outlets)
Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop such as the workbook.
A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 02 February at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 04 February at 15:00
(Local Time)


British Film Institute
Belvedere Road


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