Quick Start Film List - Ages 7 - 11

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Get started on your film journey as a new club with this list of 20 fun and fascinating titles that we've pulled together to give you an enjoyable, accessible, and stimulating viewing experience from the very beginning. Choose any or all of these films to add to your order list. 

Hotel Transylvania 2

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration89 mins

Hotel Transylvania 2(2015)

A return to the well-known sanctuary for monsters, where this time Dracula is worried his little ghoul grandson is not scary enough.

This playful animated monster movie contains more fun than scares, and has a good message at its core about being yourself.

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Song of the Sea

CertPG

Age group5–11

Duration92 mins

Song of the Sea(2014)

A beautiful and touching animation based on an Irish folktale about a little girl who turns into a Selkie.

Introduce your group to Celtic folk tales with this gorgeous animation that takes our two adventurers, brother Ben and his mute little sister Saoirse, on a journey that sees them and their faithful dog Cú encounter magical spirits and troublesome faeries.

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Tales of the Night

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration81 mins

Tales of the Night(2011)

Complete with werewolves, magical instruments, sorcerers and mythical beasts, this French animation captures the enchantment of storytelling.

This collection of short films is presided over by two children who let their imaginations run wild in a dark cinema to bring these traditional tales from all around the world to vivid life through the beautiful animations of Michel Ocelot.

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Inside Out

CertU

Age group7–16

Duration102 mins

Inside Out(2015)

Animated adventure about the five dominant emotions inside an 11 year-old girl’s head, as she struggles to come to terms with moving home.

A great film for discussion around how big changes in your life can affect your wellbeing, this film is also an incredibly visualised adventure through the maze of the mind.

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The Book of Life

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration95 mins

The Book of Life(2014)

Imaginative musical animation that takes you on a fun adventure through Mexican folklore.

Great for exploring cultural perspectives, this fantastic and lively animated adventure takes us to Mexico, where the spirits of the Land of the Dead and the Land of the Forgotten place a fateful bet on the futures of two young boys.

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Zarafa

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration76 mins

Zarafa(2012)

Stunning animation about a young Sudanese boy’s escape from slave traders and his incredible and perilous journey to Paris with an orphaned giraffe.

Take a trip back to a time when the hot air balloon was the most exciting new invention in this animated adventure about an incredible journey between Africa and France, and a touching friendship between a boy and a giraffe.

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Paddington

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration91 mins

Paddington(2014)

Charming family film about an accident prone young bear from Peru arriving in London and searching for a new home.

The well-loved children’s character is brought to life in stunningly-rendered CGI alongside his charming live-action hosts in his new home of England. A treat to watch, and also a gentle starter point for discussions around the refugee experience.

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British Council Shorts 2013: Primary

CertUnclassified

Age group5–11

Duration60 mins

British Council Shorts 2013: Primary(2013)

A programme of seven short films, including an exciting mix of animation, live action and documentary, tailored to suit Primary clubs.

This programme of animated and live-action shorts shows there are no limits to the imagination with its collection of weird, wonderful and out-of-this world stories that will inspire discussion and creative responses.

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Encounters Short Film Festival - Children's Jury Programme 2013

CertUnclassified

Age group5–11

Duration58 mins

Encounters Short Film Festival - Children's Jury Programme 2013(2013)

Into Film and Encounters Short Film Festival teamed up to present a selection of short films suitable for children ages 7+, chosen by young people.

Delight your groups with the variety of genres on offer in this action-packed programme of short but perfectly formed films that is sure to stimulate debate.

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Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue (Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues)

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration97 mins

Belle et Sébastien, l'aventure continue (Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues)(2015)

Sebastian and his loyal mountain dog Belle are on another perilous mission to help save a friend in need.

This gripping adventure story, set in the aftermath of World War Two, is a great introduction to French cinema and will keep audiences enthralled as Sebastian and his loyal dog Belle brave many perils together.

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Goosebumps

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

Goosebumps(2015)

Thrilling and funny adaptation of the well-known Goosebumps books that sees havoc unleashed on an unsuspecting American suburb.

Get ready for all your worst nightmares to come to life in this fantastically jump-worthy adventure that does justice to the original books, and is just the right blend of spooky and fun for children.

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Paper Planes

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration96 mins

Paper Planes(2014)

Australian family drama about a boy with an unusual talent for making paper planes.

This uplifting drama explores anti-bullying themes, as well as exploring issues of coping with loss, as a young boy uses his newly-discovered skill to help work through his grief and re-establish a connection with his father.

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Felix

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration94 mins

Felix(2013)

An uplifting South African film about a 13-year-old talented musician who must earn a place in his new school’s jazz concert.

Giving an insight into life in a South African township, this film deals with transition and anti-bullying issues as Felix adjusts to a new school. Featuring fantastic music and focusing on the power of new friendships, this film is a joy to watch.

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Believe

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration95 mins

Believe(2013)

Touching fictional tale about legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby helping a talented but wayward young footballer fulfil his dreams.

This sports film about encouraging young potential is uplifting but it also has a moving emotional side, as both young tearaway Georgie and Sir Matt Busby are using football as a way to deal with their own grief.

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Labyrinth

CertU

Age group7+

Duration97 mins

Labyrinth(1986)

Fantasy in which a girl sets out on an adventure to save her baby brother from the Goblin King who has taken him away to a castle in a magical maze.

Featuring an iconic performance from David Bowie and a host of fantastical goblins and trolls from Jim Henson’s creature shop, this is a thrilling and mesmerising fantasy adventure that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the imagination.

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Whale Rider

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration101 mins

Whale Rider(2002)

Tradition causes trouble in a family when a young Maori girl wants to take up what she believes is her rightful place at the head of her tribe.

This funny and touching coming-of-age tale deals with issues around gender, tradition, beliefs and ways of life in different cultures. At times funny and also very moving, this is a lovely film about daring to be yourself.

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Mad Hot Ballroom

CertU

Age group7–11

Duration101 mins

Mad Hot Ballroom(2005)

An uplifting, thought-provoking documentary about a group of ordinary eleven year olds who set out to compete in a ballroom dance contest in New York.

Audiences will be swept up in the journey towards the big competition and be amazed at the effect that ballroom dancing has on the young people’s self-esteem in this heartwarming and inspiring documentary.

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Sounds Like Teen Spirit

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration93 mins

Sounds Like Teen Spirit(2009)

One of the most entertaining documentaries in years, this follows the 10-15 year-old contestants in the Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Self-expression and self-belief are closely tied up in this film that gives you a snapshot into youth culture around the world, as each country puts forward their most promising young talent to compete in Junior Eurovision.

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Some Like It Hot

CertU

Age group7+

Duration116 mins

Some Like It Hot(1959)

Peerless '50s comedy about a couple of unemployed musicians forced on the run after witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre.

Pupils are bound to enjoy this riotous screwball comedy about two men who disguise themselves as women to get away from the mob, and discover there’s a lot more to being a girl than they ever realised. This a fun introduction to black and white films.

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The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films: Disc A

CertU

Age group7+

Duration180 mins

The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films: Disc A(1917)

Essential introduction to silent comedy giant Buster Keaton, full of unbelievable stunts and endless slapstick, featuring eight of his short films.

Children will be amazed by some of the stunts and visual effects in these hilarious slapstick films – some of which are nearly 100 years old – which will provide plenty of visual inspiration as well as stimulation for discussion around what is similar and different to the movies they are familiar with today.

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