Our UK-wide programme

Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development. Our UK-wide programme of learning through and about film provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine. The main strands of Into Film are represented across this website and are featured in the sections below.

Into Film gives children and young people the chance to experience film and the moving image creatively and critically, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it. In school, out of school, in cinemas or online, we ignite and cultivate their interest, and provide teachers and youth leaders with the tools and training to support engagement at all levels. Our partnership network of film, education, arts and cultural organisations enables us to provide a programme of activity that increases the number, quality and geographical spread of film education opportunities for children and young people across the UK.

Film is the richest of educational resources: because of its extraordinary production values in which art, science and technology meet; its synthesis of art forms to tell compelling stories; and the enormous historic, literary, geographic, linguistic, cultural and social value and relevance these stories embody, which speak across age, class, gender and background.

Film is the medium that has, more than any other over the last century, represented our past, present and our visions for the future. Learning the language of film and discovering its repertoire should be a fundamental entitlement for children and young people: to enable to them to understand how meaning is made and stories are told; to develop awareness of their cultural history and heritage; and, through acquiring creative filmmaking skills, to be able to tell their own stories and become active participants in the making of the art and culture of the future.

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Nations

We provide support and resources to engage every nation in the UK with Into Film's programme. Equal access and opportunity will be available to children and young people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; there will also be tailored and, where relevant, bilingual content to reflect each nation's culture and curriculum requirements.

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Film Clubs

Film clubs give children and young people the space to watch, discuss and review films, as well as the professional training and online resources to make their own. They are free for state funded schools and non-school settings, such as youth clubs, cinemas and libraries. This is a great launch pad for introducing young people to film, as well as boosting literacy, critical thinking and filmmaking skills.

Film clubs in schools - Film clubs out of school

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Watching Films

From a catalogue of over 4,000 age-appropriate films to an annual UK-wide film festival and year-round programme of cinema-based screenings and events, we give children and young people the chance to explore and develop their understanding of film. Watching films in the communal environment of their clubs or enjoying the wonder of the big screen at the cinema, we help them experiment with different genres, eras and styles and in doing so develop a lifelong relationship with film. We believe that watching films plays a key role in helping young people examine their lives and the world around them, and discover cultures beyond their own.

Watching films in school - Watching films outside school

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Filmmaking

Filmmaking is an accessible and highly effective medium for engaging young minds, developing creativity and enriching understanding of film through active participation. By bringing children and young people together with a common purpose, it is also proven to make a valuable contribution to social development and learning essential life skills. Through outreach projects, competitions, training, online resources and interactions with filmmaking professionals, we provide the support required to facilitate filmmaking. Whether it's a film for a school project or by a young person wanting to pursue a career as a filmmaker, we offer the guidance to enable them to tell and share their story.

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Resources

Our programme includes the creation of high-quality, diverse and innovative resources available for free to all schools and educators, that are designed to work both in and outside of school to enrich the learning experience of children and young people. These imaginative and effective materials for learning both through and about film enrich the learning experience of young people and give educators dynamic tools to bring subjects, issues and debates alive. They are tailored to fit the curriculum criteria of each British nation. By promoting the use of film in the advancement of children and young people's learning we hope to increase the number of educators using this powerful medium. Consulting with educators in all settings and harnessing digital innovation will play a key role in the construction of each and every resource.

Resources in schools - Resources outside schools

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Meet The Industry

We give children and young people an intimate understanding of film and filmmaking by providing them with regular access to the film industry. Through the fantastic support we receive from the film industry, professionals from directors and actors through to all areas of production pay regular visits to our clubs and schools, answering young people's questions and illuminating the challenges and rewards of their profession. These events are complemented by interactive interviews with filmmakers and are available for all to view on our websites.

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Talent Development

Participants in our Talent Development scheme enjoy training in film reviewing, reporting and programming that prepares them for reviewing films before anyone else, interviewing the stars on the red carpet and advising on the selection of films at festivals. They also have access to vocational training and careers advice, key steps to gaining the skills and experience to aid their personal development and achieve employment in the film industry and creative industries.

Developing talents in school - Developing talents outside school

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Youth Advisory Council

To help ensure that the views and opinions of young people inform the growth of our film education offer we have established a Youth Advisory Council. They are the people who make sure youth voice is at the heart of everything we do. They come from all over the UK, range from ages 11 to 19, and meet regularly to advice on our programme, including our websites, our branding and our resources. They frequently feedback brilliant ideas to make our activities more appealing and accessible for their peer group.

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Inclusion and Outreach

The notion of universal access underpins Into Film's programme. It has informed how we communicate, how we design activities and how we tailor support. Our aim is for any child or young person, regardless of background, ability or location, to be able to access our programme, and get the most out of it. We deliver specific activities aimed at hard-to-reach groups and where appropriate, we partner with individuals and organisations that have skills, access and experience to help enhance our work in this area.

Inclusion in school - Inclusion outside school

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Keeping it Showreel project

In April 2013, the Keeping it Showreel project, which involved four London-based Alternative Education establishments, provided young people with the opportunity to learn filmmaking skills and have their voices heard. Their teachers played a key role in the process by attending CPD sessions and using Into Film resources. The project culminated in the screening of their films at a London cinema, alongside a Q&A with professional actors.

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Training and Development

Teachers, youth leaders and practitioners are key to the delivery of our programme, which is why we provide a wide range of opportunities to receive training and continued professional development. Through online modules and face-to-face CPD sessions, we will empower teachers with the knowledge and resources to use film as a teaching tool across the curriculum. Our commitment to training is also available for film club leaders and includes advice and support on selecting appropriate films, advise on post-screening discussions and how to introduce filmmaking activities.

Training in school - Training outside school

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Digital Platform

Central to the delivery of our programme is the development of a Digital Platform that provides a one-stop shop for film education, weaving together a range of interactive and innovative tools across a variety of digital devices and virtual settings. We will be taking a phased approach to the development of the platform, with the first instalment launching at the end of 2014. It will transform children and young people's ability to watch, make and understand film and vastly aid the appreciation of cinema, enrichment of teaching experiences and encouragement of filmmaking activity.