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Education Program

The Education Program caters to hundreds of elementary and high school students from Barrie and the surrounding area. The programming is designed to support current curricular needs and presents teachers and students with the opportunity to view films – which are often not available to see anywhere other than film festivals – in an event setting. We provide education resources to the teachers. This includes background information on the films, pre and post viewing activities and curriculum links.

As always, a very big thank you to all of the wonderful teachers and students who attend our programs – your interest and support is greatly appreciated!


2019 Education Program – November 26-29

This year, the Barrie Film Festival is delighted to present the film, Youth Unstoppable for grades 7-12, which focuses on the rise of the global youth climate movement.

Over the course of 11 years, and set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, Youth Unstoppable follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in. Youth Unstoppable premiered at Michael Moore’s invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, going on to screen at dozens of festivals around the world and garnering thirteen awards.


Curriculum Connections: Language (Reading, Writing, Oral, Media Literacy), Science/Technology, Biology, Geography, Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, Politics, Economics and Media Arts.

Youth Unstoppable will be screened to schools on the following dates November 26 – 29, 2019. For school bookings and/or further information, please contact Mary Jo Walter through our contact form – by clicking here.

The Filmmaker:

Photo by Dustin Rabin

Slater Jewell-Kemker has been making films since she was six. An award-winning filmmaker and climate activist, Slater has been featured twice in Forbes magazine and selected by The Hollywood Reporter as one of 15 filmmakers under 30 to watch. Slater is an accomplished speaker and is frequently invited to speak on film and climate change panels to represent the voice of youth. She lives in a tiny house on wheels on her farm in Southern Ontario, Canada.

The Education program is supported by: