World’s Biggest Youth Film Festival Returns To Scotland 8th-24th November 2017

Over 280 free unique events for 5-19 year olds in venues all over Scotland ranging from multiplex and independent cinemas to Edinburgh Zoo and Scotland’s Secret Bunker

Bookings are now open for the Into Film Festival 2017 – the world’s biggest youth film festival, which returns to Scotland from November 8th to 24th with a packed and varied programme of free screenings and events for 5-19 year-olds, many linked to subjects in the curriculum.

Open to schools, colleges, youth leaders and home educators the Festival uses the magic of film – from exclusive preview screenings of new blockbusters to popular classics – to engage young minds in a broad range of topics, in 2016 47,000 educators and young people across Scotland engaged with the Festival. This year the Festival will host over 280 events in venues all over Scotland encompassing a zoo and a secret bunker – for programme details and to book free tickets visit

The annual celebration of film and education, made possible by funding from Cinema First and support from the BFI through Lottery funding, a wide collaboration with UK cinema industry partners, and delivery partners National Schools Partnership, is hosted by Into Film throughout the UK as part of an on-going initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development. With support from all the major UK cinema chains and a variety of other venues the Festival provides access to the big screen at its best, including IMAX screens and the 3D and 4D experience.

The programme will offer a range of stories curated with educators in mind, film titles, encompassing blockbuster premieres, classics and hidden gems from the archive, will address representation of diversity, and explore the many ways we can and do effect change, the value and innocent joy of creative play, and topical issues such as bullying, immigration, war and the environment. ‘Generation Z’, focusing on well-being, will open up discussion around young people and mental health, and a dedicated ‘History in Action’ strand will use recent releases, classics and archive film to explore key moments in history.
Highlights from the Into Film Festival 2017 programme in Scotland include:
Pupil Premiere of new American social drama The Florida Project at Cineworld Edinburgh

Dumfries and Galloway Screenings

Fullarton Castle Douglas is screening:

Trolls on 10 November
The Boss Baby on 9 November

Close Encounters of the Third Kind on 8 November

Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre is screening:

The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child with Scots-language reading by Rab Wilson on 14 November
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on 10 November
Trolls on 17 November
Captain Underpants on 17 November
Blade Runner 2049 on 24 November
The CatStrand is screening:
Rock Dog on 14 November

The Eagle Huntress on 14 November

Old Well Theatre Moffat is screening:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul on 22 November
The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo’s Child on 15 November
Whisky Galore on 15 November
Lonsdale Cinema Annan is screening:
Cars 3 on 23 November

Moana on 15 November

The Ryan Centre Stranraer is screening:

Ballerina on 23 November
Felix on 14 November
Revolting Rhymes on 21 November
Ratcatcher on 16 November
Each film will have a tailored educational resource that aligns with the syllabus which teachers can access from the Into Film website and discuss back in the classroom.

Pupil Premiere of new Emma Stone and Steve Carrell film Battle of the Sexes at Odeon
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East Kilbride

Richard Warden of the Mental Health Foundation hosting a discussion at Glasgow Film Theatre alongside My Life As A Courgette about mental health issues raised in the film

Q&A with writer/director Hope Dickson Leach alongside her new film The Levelling

Screening for primary students at Edinburgh Zoo (film to be confirmed) followed by a tour of the zoo

Matilda Scratch and Sniff event at Eden Court Cinema in Inverness

Screenings of Arrival and Their Finest at Scotland’s Secret Bunker in St Andrews, Fife

Demonstrations at Falkirk Town Hall by special effects expert Artem

Discussions hosted by the BBFC around censorship alongside primary and secondary screenings at venues including Edinburgh Filmhouse and Glasgow Film Theatre

Screenings in Gaelic of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes at Edinburgh Filmhouse and Belmont Filmhouse

Screenings of The Gruffalo with a Scots-language reading from Education Scotland at the Mareel in Shetland and the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries

Whisky Galore (1949) screening and Scots-language event

Screening of the Academy Award nominated Hidden Figures at Scottish Parliament

Axis Animation hosting a workshop in Edinburgh about their work in VFX, with examples and careers advice

The UK Space Agency speaking alongside A Beautiful Planet 3D at IMAX screens at Edinburgh Cineworld and the Glasgow Cineworld at the Science Centre

Africa in Motion, (UK’s largest African film festival) speaking alongside a screening of French language title Wallay at Glasgow Film Theatre

Screenings will also take place in a broad range of Scottish towns, islands and areas including:
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Ayr, Dundee, Dunfermline, Falkirk, Kilmarnock, Paisley, Stirling, Clydebank, Castle Douglas, Oban, Orkney and The Isle of Skye. Screening a diverse selection of films including: Beauty and the Beast (1991 and 2017), Moana, Step, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, The Eagle Huntress, Chasing Coral, The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, La La Land, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, A Beautiful Planet, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, I, Daniel Blake, Wonder Woman and Dunkirk.

Screenings are supported by the Festival’s various educational resources featuring discussion questions, review starters and extension activities for use on the day and back in the classroom. In response to teacher feedback many of the resources will this year, for the first time, be in PowerPoint format so teachers can adapt them to suit the needs of their students. A review writing competition provides added opportunity for using the Into Film Festival to support literacy and critical thinking. Accessibility and inclusivity are key aims of the Festival with over half of the programme offered as audio-described, subtitled or autism-friendly.

In a survey of teachers who attended last year, 94% of teachers said the Festival activities were useful in helping to deliver the curriculum, 94% of teachers felt the Festival activities were valuable in terms of the broader education of young people and 82% of teachers said that the Festival has made them more likely to use cinema visits to support the delivery of the curriculum.

The Into Film Festival 2017 will take place from 8th-24th November. All events and screenings are free. For programme information, to book tickets and download resources visit