The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center offers the Educational Screenings Program (ESP) for Washington area public and private Schools.

What is ESP?

The Educational Screening Program provides the link between the school curricula and the film, video and print materials that AFI can access. Teachers can bring their students to the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to view films related to the curricula to inspire them to an active engagement with academic subject matter and learn critical viewing skills in the process. Each screening includes a reading/lesson with discussion questions, film terms and a reading customized to the needs of the teachers' objectives. Also, AFI Silver staff will conduct a pre and post film discussion as well as a tour of the historic theater.

Who is the ESP audience?

Students and their teachers of all grade levels, subject areas and abilities. To date, over 40,000 students and teachers have attended ESP events. Customized staff development programs are available to help teachers use film segments, create lessons and ask good discussion questions.

What does ESP provide?

  • An experienced educator and AFI support staff to work with teachers to select an appropriate film and create the lesson support materials such as readings, worksheets, speakers and teaching guides. Each screening is customized to the needs and objectives of the curricular connections.
  • The film for screening in one of the three theatres at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

What does the participant provide?

Transportation for students and staff to and from the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. Most screenings are in the mornings beginning at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m.

How can teachers arrange a screening?

Contact the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center at [email protected] or call the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center at 301.495.6700 to learn more about AFI Screen Education.