The British Film Institute, FILMCLUB, First Light Movies, Film Education and UK Film Council are launching a new UK-wide film education strategy in partnership with the regional screen agencies and Skillset.

The UK currently spends about $24m (£12m) on film education, and the UK Film Council is pledging a further $1.5m (£750,000) of National Lottery funding for the next three years, to help pilot regional partnerships.

Film: 21st Century Literacy is designed to help young people connect with film by improving the consistency and coherence of film education.

The strategy aims to give young people equal opportunties to watch, understand and make films.

The main aims are to enhance current activities and to start new prorammes such as creating learning resources to accompany films, establishing a comprehensive training programme for educators, developing online resources for access to film archives and using new learning tools such as the Creative & Media Diploma and the Arts Award.

John Woodward, chief executive of the UK Film Council, said: 'The idea behind the strategy is to use film to help children and young people prepare for adult life in the 21st century where visual literacy has become as important as the ability to read and write. If, along the way, we also ensure that young people discover the true richness and diversity of cinema then we will have been 100% successful.'

Film: 21st Century Literacy has a dedicated website at