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About Into Film

Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people's educational, cultural and personal development.    

Over two thirds of UK schools engage with our programme of Into Film Clubs, special cinema screenings, and resources and training to support classroom teaching. Alongside rich online content for young audiences, this provides 5-19 year olds with inspiring opportunities to learn about and with film, and develop a passion for cinema.

Into Film's work is supported principally by the BFI through the National Lottery, and by the film industry through Cinema First.

Find out more about our UK-wide programme.

Into Film’s work is supported principally by the BFI through the National Lottery, and by the film industry through Cinema First.

Yes, Into Film is funded to work across all four nations of the UK and has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The Into Film Club offer is the same in each nation, however broader work e.g. resources and CPD is tailored to the educational priorities in each country. Find out more about our programmes in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

 Yes. Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK, registered charity number 1154030.

Into Film offers the opportunity to use film as a powerful tool for learning both in the classroom and in out of school settings such as youth clubs, community groups and libraries. Educators can set up their own film club, giving young people the opportunity to watch, discuss and review a huge range of films, as well as guidance to introduce filmmaking. Into Film also provides access to free curriculum-focused resources, training and CPD, and exceptional access to film industry experts.

Find out more about how Into Film can be used to support your work.

How do I get involved?

If you are based in the UK and you work with young people aged 5-19, you are eligible to participate in Into Film activities such as downloading our resources or attending the Into Film Festival.

To be eligible to start your own free Into Film Club you must work with young people aged 5-19 in a state-funded school or college, or in a youth organisation, cinema, or other arts setting.

Non-state-funded schools can start Into Film Clubs, but an annual fee will apply. Email support@intofilm.org for further details.

If you are a parent or home educator who wants to start an Into Film Club, you will need access to a school or public setting (as above) to host sessions. Email support@intofilm.org for further details.

Find out more about starting an Into Film Club.

Registering for an Into Film Account is quick and easy to do. Click on 'Create an Account' in the top right-hand corner of this page and complete the short form. You'll receive a registration email from us asking you to verify your email address. Simply click on the link within to complete your registration.

Once you have registered for an Into Film Account, you will be automatically prompted to complete a short Into Film Club set-up form.

If you already have an Into Film Account, simply log in and visit the Into Film Clubs homepage, click the 'Start your free Into Film Club' button, and complete the Into Film Club set-up form.

Once complete, you'll have full access to the Into Film Clubs website, where you can manage your Into Film Club and gain access to our DVD catalogue.

Using film in a classroom to assist with teaching does not require a licence, however, all other screenings - be they in an Into Film Club, after school, or non-curriculum setting - do require a public video screening licence (PVSL).

For further information visit our Licence page.

First, ask your club leader for your club code, then enter the code by visiting the Clubs homepage and clicking 'Join Here' on the ‘19 or Under?’ panel. Enter your details to create your account. If your club leader has already created an account for you, just log in with the details they've given you.

To become a co-leader of an existing Into Film Club, you will need to ask a current club leader to add you to the club account. To do this, they can visit the 'Leader' tab on the 'Manage Members' section of their 'Manage Club' page. From here they can contact the Into Film team to add a new club leader.

Aside from joining an Into Film Club, where you can enter our weekly Review of the Week competition, there are a number of other ways that young people can get involved. Anyone can enter our annual Into Film Awards or the ongoing Film of the Month competition to showcase the films they've made and win great prizes.

We also have an exciting Young Reporter Programme where budding film journalists can interview big-screen talent, and a Youth Advisory Council where young people help shape the work Into Film does. Keep an eye on the website to find out when recruitment for these great programmes open!

We also have our very own Twitter and Instagram for young people, sharing all the latest videos and interviews from the world of film.

Yes - we welcome article contributions from associated organisations, educators and club leaders, as well as any young people who might want to write for us.

We'd be delighted to hear about your ideas - please email us here.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer payment for article submissions.

The Into Film catalogue

The film catalogue is a curated catalogue of films available on DVD for members to borrow and watch in their film clubs or in the classroom. It is not a catalogue of every film available on DVD, but films that have been specially selected and added to the catalogue by our programming team with our young audience in mind.

We choose films that we believe will have the most value for children and young people based on five key considerations:

  • We focus on youth-centred stories, looking for films that present the world from a child's perspective or focus on the lives of young people, both locally and globally. We also seek out titles that tackle universal themes and issues that young people can relate to and identify with.
  • We balance mainstream and independent film, working with companies from across the UK film industry to ensure we engage our audience with the full range of current and past content available.
  • We give extra attention to specialised* films to ensure that - as well as mainstream cinema - young people also discover films and filmmakers that represent diverse cultures, opinions and communities.
  • We look beyond UK distribution, seeking films in archives held by cultural organisations, and titles picked from film festivals, non-UK film distributors, sales agents and independent rights holders, as well as utilising youth-produced films.
  • We connect cinema's past and present by curating programmes that link cinema's rich heritage to new voices. In creating this dialogue we seek to expand a young person's horizons with opportunities for cultural reflection - to explore other values and attitudes, complex topical and historical issues - and for enriching their understanding of what they may themselves aspire to as filmmakers.

* Specialised film includes: foreign language film with subtitles, documentaries, archive/classic films, experimental film, short film programmes, British films.

An 'unclassified' film is one that has not been certified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). This usually means European or international films that our curation team have acquired direct from their country of origin, specifically for the Into Film catalogue. As such, these films may not have been through the BBFC process. In these cases, use the ‘Engaging for’ age rating set by our curation team as a guide as to whether a film will be suitable for your club members.

This is the recommended age range our curation team suggests is best for a film according to its tone and content. In some cases the curation team set a film below or above the film’s official certificate. For instance, we may suggest that a 12 certificate film is more engaging for those aged 16+ due to our professional view that the film’s content is too complex for a younger audience.

Please note that these are just recommended age ranges, and we encourage you to refer to the BBFC for further guidance.

Into Film Festival

The Into Film Festival is the world's largest free film and education event for young people, each year presenting 3,000 free cinema screenings, and showcasing over 140 films at more than 600 venues across the UK.

Featuring guest speakers from the film industry and supported by free curriculum-linked resources, we aim to help educators bring learning to life for 5-19 year olds by inspiring young people to watch and understand film in new and creative ways.

Find out more in our Festival FAQs.

The Into Film Festival is open to all educators of young people aged 5-19, including schools (both state-funded and public), home educators and youth groups. Into Film Clubs get 24 hour priority booking for the Festival, but you don't need to be a club leader to book - the Festival is for everyone!

And yes, the Festival is completely free of charge.

Find out more in our Festival FAQs.

Aside from the Into Film Festival each November, we regularly host free screenings and events throughout the year, all across the UK.

Keep an eye on our Events page to find out what's taking place near you.

Into Film Awards

The Into Film Awards is our annual competition celebrating the breadth and depth of young filmmaking talent across the UK. Featuring multiple categories, spanning filmmaking and beyond, the Awards culminate in a glittering red carpet ceremony in London. Attended by some of the biggest and best names in film - as well as our young nominees - previous attendees have included James Bond actor Daniel Craig and A United Kingdom director Amma Asante.

Check out highlights of last year's Into Film Awards ceremony.

The Into Film Awards categories are:

  • Best Animation (12 and under)
  • Best Animation (13 and over)
  • Best Live Action (12 and under)
  • Best Live Action (13 and over)
  • Best Documentary (all ages)
  • Into Film Club of the Year (12 and under)
  • Into Film Club of the Year (13 and over)
  • Educator of the Year
  • Ones to Watch
  • Review of the Year
  • Family Film of the Year

More information about the Into Film Awards

Everyone! All schools, organisations and individuals can enter the Into Film Awards.

Into Film Awards entries work in several different ways:

  • To enter a film submission, or to nominate yourself or a colleague for Educator of the Year, please register here.
  • Review of the Year is chosen from the reviews submitted to our website over the past twelve months.
  • The Family Film of the Year is voted for by young people in an online poll.
  • Our Ones to Watch winners are selected by the Into Film Awards panel.

More information about the Into Film Awards

Into Film Awards winners are chosen by an expert panel of film industry insiders who help us judge the entries. Previous judges have included foley artist Peter Burgis, casting director Lucy Bevan and actors including Matthew Rhys, Ed Skrein and Stephen Mangan.

Into Film Awards winners are chosen by an expert panel of film industry insiders who help us judge the entries. Previous judges have included foley artist Peter Burgis, casting director Lucy Bevan and actors including Matthew Rhys, Ed Skrein and Stephen Mangan.

Nominees will be invited to the Into Film Awards ceremony in London, where the winners will receive a coveted Into Film Awards stauette, presented to them personally by high profile filmmakers and screen stars. Previous hosts have included actors Eddie Redmayne and Ruth Wilson.

Our three Ones to Watch winners will also receive a special mentorship with the BFI Academy.

Educational Resources

Yes. All of our resources are completely free to download; all you need to do is sign up for an Into Film Account.

When you go to download a resource, you will either be prompted to log in or to register for an Account.

Asking users to log in to download our resources helps us to better understand our audience. We use these insights to ensure that our future resources continue to meet the needs of educators and club leaders.

We have many free to download curriculum-linked and enriching teaching resources available on the website, covering a wide range of subjects and calendar events, from e-safety and copyright to English literature, world wars, modern foreign language and anti-bullying. We also produce film guides for pre and post-screening discussions.

Resources include all four Key Stages and, following consultation with education experts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, are tailored to support the curricula of all four nations.

Browse resources.


Filmmaking can be a powerful tool for encouraging active learning and enabling pupils to establish strong connections with any area of the curriculum, as well as with each other. We offer a number of different filmmaking opportunities for young people aged 5-19, including a series of hands-on filmmaking workshops, incentivised competitions and industry visits from professional filmmakers.

Visit our Filmmaking page.

Yes, we offer face-to-face filmmaking and animation CPD sessions for educators. All active and upcoming sessions are listed on our Training page.

We also offer a free online training course - Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom - which runs regularly throughout the year. During this course you will learn simple filmmaking and animation techniques to help bring learning to life, and aid cross-curricular attainment and assessment. You can register for this course now.

Film of the Month is our ongoing filmmaking competition, celebrating exceptional young filmmaking talent from across the UK each month. It runs throughout the year - with no deadlines - providing the opportunity for young people to see their film crowned Film of the Month.

Entries are judged by Into Film staff, members of our Youth Advisory Council and film practitioners, and are assessed on the idea, sound, story and look, as well as the technical ability on display.

View past Film of the Month winners for inspiration.


Yes, we offer two free online training courses - Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom and Teaching Literacy Through Film. Additionally, we also offer Short Film in Language Teaching, a course made in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI). These courses run regularly throughout the year, and you can register for them now.

Yes, there are a range of training opportunities available. These include Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training for teachers, film practitioners and youth leaders in basic filmmaking skills and the use of film and film-based resources in the classroom or non-school setting. These are delivered in a variety of formats including workshops, downloadable information and intensive training webcasts.

Visit our training page for more information.

Storymaker: The Gruffalo FAQs

The Into Film Storymaker: The Gruffalo Edition is an educational app intended for classroom settings only. As a way of ensuring that only educators can use the app, we have restricted the use of it to Into Film club leaders. Signing up as a leader is free for all state-funded school and non-school settings. There are also lots of other benefits to being an Into Film club leader, such as the ability to order free films from our catalogue to use in the classroom.

Find out more about clubs and register here.

Yes, the log in details may be used for as many iPads that are needed for your school. Once you have logged in once, the app will stay logged in for 30 days, after which you will be asked to log in again.
The app was built to be compatible with all iPads running iOS version 9.0 and later. For best performance, we recommend you upgrade your iOS to the latest version. To do this, tap the Settings icon, choose General in the menu, then tap "software update". On older devices (particularly those built pre-2012), app performance may be slower due to hardware limitations.
Video instructions can be watched by tapping the ‘?' icon (help) on any screen in the app. There are text-based and image-based step-by-step instructions in the accompanying teachers' resource which can be downloaded here.
If your device microphone isn't working with the app, first check that the app has permission to use the microphone. To do this, come out of the app, open the iPad settings, scroll down until you find the app in the left hand column, then turn microphone access on.

You can screen Storymaker films on an interactive whiteboard, projector or monitor in a number of ways. One way is to connect your iPad directly to a TV or monitor and ‘mirror' the content using Apple's Digital AV adaptor and an HDMI cable, or alternatively your VGA cable connected to Apple's Lightning to VGA Adaptor. Another way to connect is by exporting your video files onto a computer (see FAQ above) with an HDMI port - such as a Macbook Pro or most modern laptops - and then connect this laptop to the screen via an HDMI cable. Apple TV users may also use AirPlay to stream wirelessly.

Once you have tapped the export icon in the gallery you will be notified that it has been saved to your device. Apple stores user-created video files under the icon called ‘Photos'. Simply come out of the app, tap ‘Photos', go to ‘Albums' and select the album called "Videos".
First, connect your iPad to the computer you want to export to via the Lightning to USB cable that came with your device. If you are using a Mac, open iPhoto or Photos to view the photos and videos from your iPad, and save them to your computer. Alternatively you could use Image Capture. If you are using a computer operating on Windows, a prompt should appear automatically asking you if you want to transfer media. Select yes, locate the files you want in the iPad's Photos folder and drag or save them to the computer.
Whilst the iPad provides the facility to share exported films, and we encourage teachers to do so within the context of a school setting, we also request that teachers do not share their films on social media networks, or on any other public platform. The exported clips are part of a digital educational resource designed exclusively for playback and presentation in the school and club environment only. The visual material and music used to create the films remains the property of the copyright holders, Magic Light Pictures/Orange Eyes Ltd, and any misuse will be considered an infringement of their intellectual property rights and removed accordingly.

If you think you've found a bug with the app, contact us with details of the bug, including the model of iPad you are using and the version of iOS. Once we have received your email, we can then add it to a list of future fixes.

You will need to have video playing software installed on your computer that supports MP4 files. We recommend downloading the latest version of QuickTime which is free for both Windows and Apple users.

The app allows you to record one voice track, so if you are unhappy with the first attempt, you will need to tap the delete icon to re-record. This also applies to the recording of multiple people or sounds you wish to layer up in your film - it will all need to be completed in one attempt.

Before the Festival

It’s easy, we use an online booking system. Enter your postcode on our homepage to search for events near you, then follow the guided steps that take you through our bookings process. If you need help, please call us on 020 3194 4311.

If you were formerly an Into Film account holder without a Film Club, you will need to log out of the Into Film site and then log back in again. This will refresh your account settings and grant you access to priority bookings.

All your bookings are stored in your bookings profile log in to the website with your username and password to see a list of your confirmed bookings.

We send you an email to confirm your booking. If you do not receive this email please call us on 020 3194 4311.

We do not issue tickets; the cinema has a list of attendees and they will register your group on arrival. If you like, you can bring along your booking confirmation for reference, but this isn’t essential.

Use the postcode search function and check the results, or contact the bookings team on festival@intofilm.org or 020 3194 4311.

There are Festival resources and film guides available to help you get the most out of your cinema experience. These can be found on the specific Festival event pages or on the Into Film Resources page where you can browse for additional resources.

You can find Festival resources and film guides on the specific event page or you can visit our Into Film Resources page to browse further or search for additional resources. 

Groups are encouraged to consume packed lunches prior to or after the film screening as there will not be a dedicated place for lunch. Groups may be able to purchase additional food items direct from the host cinema if they wish.

Most Festival cinemas do not have a secure space to store personal belongings. We recommend that visitors only bring essential items that can be stored under their seat or on their lap during the screening.

There is no minimum or maximum number of visitors per group. However, most bookers bring approximately 30 attendees, plus additional accompanying teachers or adults.

Bookings are offered on a first-come, first-served basis so make sure you place your booking quickly to avoid disappointment. If a screening is full we can add you to the reservation list. To be added to the reservation list, please email festival@intofilm.org with your name, school name, contact number, event title, venue name, and how many students and teachers you’d ideally like to bring along.

If any spaces become available we’ll give you a call. Please keep checking the site as well.

Accessibility information can be found on the specific event details page, where you can make your booking. This includes availability of wheelchair access, audio-description, subtitles and autism-friendly screenings.

If one or more of your group need to book audio-description headsets please contact the cinemas directly. You can find their contact information on the event details page.

Wherever possible we will work with Group Leaders to accommodate your group’s particular requirements. 

If you need to cancel your visit, please call us as soon as possible on 020 3194 4311. Please do your best to avoid cancelling at the last minute so other groups have time to book and plan their visit – our screenings are very popular but are difficult to fill if they are not available in advance.  

On the day

The cinemas will not be able to delay the film screening due to other bookings. If you know you will be arriving after the start of the film, please call us on 020 3194 4311 immediately so we can advise the host cinema. 

Please arrive 20-30 minutes before your event starts to ensure your group are seated in time before the performance begins.

Please note there are no traditional trailers like a normal cinema screening. 

A staff member from the host cinema team will meet you on arrival.

Please make sure the behaviour of your group does not affect the enjoyment of others. Guests are reminded not to run inside the cinema or talk during the film screening. Children are to be supervised at all times.

Please note:  Whilst all venues are chosen based on their existing interest and experience in public activities and film events, we are unable to vet each individual venue. We advise all Group Leaders to become familiar with the Fire Emergency Procedures, medical procedures and facilities at your venue, so you can make provisions for your group’s needs.

You can download our Event Safety Plan for Health & Safety information and risk assessments. 

You can request further Health & Safety information about your venue in advance by calling our bookings team on 020 3194 4311, or emailing festival@intofilm.org.

Lots of our venues offer autism-friendly screenings. If you attend this type of screening:

  • The lights will be on low
  • The volume will be turned down
  • There will be no trailers at the beginning of the film
  • Audiences will be able to take their own food and drinks
  • Audiences will be able to move around the cinema freely*

* Guests are reminded not to run inside the cinema. Children are to be supervised at all times.

After the Festival

Yes! We'd love to know of any venues that you think may be suitable for next year. This can be anywhere that has a license to screen films. Please email festival@intofilm.org with the venue details.

We welcome any feedback you have; it all helps to grow the Festival into a bigger and better experience for everybody. To give feedback, contact us on festival@intofilm.org or 020 3194 4311.

Contact us on festival@intofilm.org or 020 3194 4311 and we will be happy to help.

Film Clubs

Through Into Film Clubs, educators have the chance to provide children and young people with the opportunity for meaningful engagement with film. This includes access to thousands of films specially selected with educators in mind, together with accompanying resources, exclusive film industry opportunities and ways to get involved with programming, reporting, reviewing, and filmmaking.

Clubs are free for state-funded schools and non-school settings, such as youth clubs, cinemas and libraries. They are easy to set up and provide a flexible model that can be tailored to the social and academic needs of a pupil, and/or school or youth setting ensuring they are simple and fun to run.

To start a film club today click here

Why not open an Into Film account today to access a wide range of education resources and other parts of the Into Film offer? To create your Into Film account click here.

However, we are unable to offer you an Into Film Club as our license and funding doesn’t allow us to register DVD accounts to residential addresses.

New DVD Service

We needed to clear all film club order lists in order to launch our new DVD service. This is because Into Film is now managing all DVD distribution in-house, without a third-party.

Log in to your Into Film Account and navigate to your Messages section. You will have received a message for every film that was removed from your list.

The catalogue has not changed. Into Film still provides a diverse catalogue of 3,000-plus titles from around the world, covering the entire history of cinema, and constantly evolving as new films are released.

You can borrow up to three DVDs at a time. If one DVD is returned, then another will be sent to you if your order list is fully topped up. We recommend that you keep your order list up-to-date to ensure that you always have DVDs waiting to be delivered.

You can place a maximum of 10 films on your order list. We recommend that you regularly review your list and top it up when DVDs are returned. Keeping your list topped up will help ensure that you continue to receive DVDs.

We've added a new feature which will give you more confidence when ordering films and help you to plan more effectively. Just log in to your Into Film account and search for the film that you want to order. You will then see one of four colours displayed above the order button:

  • Green - If you order this film now, you are VERY LIKELY to receive it soon. 
  • Amber -  If you order this film now, you are LIKELY to receive it soon. Please consider this in your planning. 
  • Red -  Please note: if you order this film now, you're UNLIKELY to receive it any time soon. Please consider this in your planning. 
  • Grey -  This film is not currently available, but please add it to your order list to express your interest. We may add it to the catalogue.

We don't recommend adding more than three 'Grey' films to your order list, so as not to obstruct your deliveries. If you would like to express your interest in multiple currently unavailable titles, please contact support@intofilm.org.

If your selected titles are in stock, a maximum of three of them will be delivered to you within five working days. To find out when DVDs have been dispatched, visit the ‘Manage Club’ section of your Into Film Account and select the 'DVDs at My Club' tab.

If DVDs have not arrived after seven working days please contact our Account Support Team:

  • Use the Olark live chat function once logged in to your Into Film Account 
  • Email - support@intofilm.org
  • Tel – 0330 313 7600

Returning DVDs to Into Film is easy. Once you're finished with a DVD, just post it back to us using the FREEPOST envelope provided. The return envelope is part of the packaging that the DVD was sent to you in.

No, it won’t cost you a penny to return DVDs. Just pop the DVDs into the envelopes provided or use the following FREEPOST address on a plain envelope.

Into Film C/O Prism DM Ltd
Belkin House, Shipton Way
Express Business Park
NN10 6GL

You can keep DVDs for up to six weeks, but please return DVDs as soon as you have watched them. We keep a limited stock of each title so another film club could be waiting to watch the film that you have.

Don’t worry, we know that DVDs can get damaged or lost. It’s better that you let us know if this happens, so please report any mishaps in one of the following ways:

  • Report lost DVDs via the ‘Manage Club’ section of your Into Film Account 
  • Tick the ‘Faulty DVD’ box on the return envelope. We’ll then ensure the DVD is cleaned, repaired or replaced for other film clubs to enjoy.

Club Leader Administration

An Into Film Agreement form provides us with important information about your film club and explains your responsibilities as a club leader. In order to receive films or printed materials you will need to download the form and return it to Into Film.

To sign your members up to your film club so they can log in and write reviews, you need your unique club code, which you can find on your club page by clicking on Manage My Club. NB: You will need to be logged in to see these pages. The club code itself will always begin with CC and can be found on the top of your Club Profile when you are logged in.When your members have the club code they will need to go to the Log In button and enter the code in the field marked 'Got a Club Code?'

Ordering from the film catalogue

An 'unclassified' film is one that has not been certified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). This usually means European or international films that our curation team have acquired direct from their country of origin, specifically for the Into Film catalogue. As such, these films may not have been through the BBFC process. In these cases, use the ‘Engaging for’ age rating set by our curation team as a guide as to whether a film will be suitable for your club members.

This is the recommended age range our curation team suggests is best for a film according to its tone and content. In some cases the curation team set a film below or above the film's official certificate. For instance, we may suggest that a 12 certificate film is more engaging for those aged 16+ due to our professional view that the film's content is too complex for a younger audience.

Please note that these are just recommended age ranges, and we encourage you to refer to the BBFC for further guidance.

The ‘E' symbol on a film indicates the film's distributor believes the work to be exempt from British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). These are usually films that are designed to inform, educate or instruct. Please note that the ‘E' symbol is not an official cerfiticate and does not have any legal standing, and we encourage you to refer to the BBFC for further guidance.

If your film club takes place in a non-school setting (library, youth club or cinema) you are not permitted to screen 20th Century Fox titles as part of your film club sessions. This is a restriction placed on the non-school settings by the distributor. If you would like to check if this restriction applies to your film club please contact the Into Film Team.

Yes, as long as the film can be found on the Into Film catalogue. If the film is not on the our catalogue, then you do not have the rights to screen that title in your film club.

There are various reasons why you may not be able to find the film you are looking for:

  • The film has not been released in the UK on DVD. In some cases, a film may be released in the cinema in the UK, but not released on DVD
  • We do not have the rights from the film’s distributor to add the film to our catalogue
  • The film is an 18 certificate. Our catalogue only includes films with the following certificates: U, PG, 12, 15, E (exempt from classification). We do not stock 18 rated films.
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