Festival Guides

Young people watch film in the cinema
Young people watch film in the cinema

To help you and your students, club members, or young people get the most out of the unique cinema experience of attending an Into Film Festival screening, we've designed a set of downloadable Festival guides - along with an Event Safety Plan and Risk Assessment - to ensure that your visit runs smoothly.

These guides are tiered by age to help you plan your Festival visit accordingly, depending on the age of pupils at your school or club, and we also have a Special Educational Needs version for young people with SEN. The Into Film Festival has something to offer students of all ages and backgrounds, whether they're in mainstream or special education, or home-educated. 

Using the Festival Guides

If you are planning a visit, the above guides will help you think about how you can involve the wider school community in helping to make the trip smooth and successful for everyone. The guides will help you to support students and fellow staff before, during and after the Festival.

The guides include some quick and easy-to-use discussion tools for before and after any film screening, and have been designed to get young people thinking about film in a variety of ways and to spark lively discussions that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of film. Young people will also have the opportunity to voice their personal opinions about a range of topics associated with film and the cinema.

Alongside our Festival guides, we've also developed six brand new Strand Resources, to complement the six Strands at this year's Festival, and we have film guides for many of the films showing as part of this year's programme. Our film guides are a combination of one-page resources and PowerPoint presentations that explore a film's key topics and themes through informal discussion and activities.