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World's biggest youth film festival returns to Scotland

Young people across Scotland can access free film screenings and workshops this autumn as part of Into Film Festival 2016.

Hosted by education organisation Into Film, the world’s biggest free film festival for children and young people takes place across the UK from 9 to 25 November. The Festival immerses young people aged 5-19 in the world of film watching and making, often for the first time, and offers rich educational resources to accompany the films. 

The Into Film Festival launches in Scotland with a screening of Fantastic Mr Fox, celebrating the birth centenary of Roald Dahl, with Scots language resources. Over 300 events will take place in venues across the whole of Scotland, including major cinemas as well as Edinburgh Zoo, Scottish Parliament, and a Secret Bunker. 

Highlights in Scotland this year include:
  • Screenings in Fife’s Secret Bunker which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack, and which remains intact with bunks, ra-dio equipment and radar listening equipment.
  • A preview screening of A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, which explores issues around race and inter-race marriage. This is an opportunity for young people in Glasgow to see this major film before its cinema release.
  • A series of screenings that celebrate the centenary of the birth of children’s author Roald Dahl, including screenings of Fantastic Mr Fox, James And The Giant Peach, Matilda and The BFG. Several of these are supported with Scots language learning materials using the Scots language versions of Dahl classics, translated by Itchy Coo books.
  • The 2016 film Swallows and Amazons, adapted from the novel by Scottish writer and actor Andrea Gibb and starring Scottish actor Kelly Macdonald, screened in Edinburgh with a Q&A with Andrea Gibb.
  • IMAX screenings of the stunning new feature film A Beautiful Planet, attended by scientists from the UK Space Agency.
  • A special event in the Scottish Parliament will include an exhibition of photography by Harry Benson, a screening of the feature film Selma, and a tour of the building, including the debating chamber.
The Into Film Festival 2016 will take place from 9-25 November. All events and screenings are free. For information and to book events, visit www.intofilm.org/festival.

16 September 2016

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