FAQs

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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.

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.

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.

Curriculum-linked and enriching teaching resources for learning through and about film are available on the website. These cover a wide range of subject areas 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 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.

Additional Into Film benefits

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.

There are a number of different filmmaking opportunities available for young people aged 5-19. These include a series of hands-on filmmaking workshops, incentivised competitions and scheduled visits to film clubs from professional filmmakers. These stimulate and facilitate filmmaking, in turn helping participants to develop skills and feel supported throughout the filmmaking process.
Film of the Month is Into Film's open filmmaking competition. It runs throughout the year with no deadlines, providing opportunities for young people aged 5 to 19 to enter their short films for consideration.See our filmmaking page for more information.

The new website

If you're having problems with the site, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us and describe your issue. We'll endeavour to solve the problem as quickly as possible.
The new site features a searchable and filterable resources catalogue, films database and news hub. The site will also be carefully linked together, allowing users to easily discover similar content elsewhere on the site.
No. All of our offers are linked together, so you will be able to log in to this site using the same login details as you use for filmclub.org.
Films can be ordered by film club leaders on our club delivery site: www.filmclub.org. Find out how to set up a film club.
Filmclub.org will remain online, and all ordering of DVDs and review writing will continue through the filmclub.org site. All resources have been moved to the new resources catalogue on this intofilm.org site, and the vast majority of our news will be posted here as well.
We have a dedicated programming team, who carefully select the films added to our films database for their educational and cultural value.

Yes - you can use our contact us page to get in touch, and let us know about your idea for an article for the site.

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.

Other

Go to our contact page and select 'Press enquiry' in the subject dropdown.

Any Into Film vacancies are currently advertised through our jobs page.

For all questions concerning licensing for your club, you can visit our licensing page.

Into Film is committed to teaching young people the importance of film copyright and the value of intellectual property and you can read more about this here.

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 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.

Film entertains, educates and inspires. We believe that children and young people, given access to a range and diversity of films and the opportunity to explore their responses, will make more informed and adventurous decisions about the films they choose to watch.

Into Film researches and curates films for cinema screenings and the Into Film Festival as well as films on DVD for the Into Film Catalogue for club screenings. The Catalogue holds 4000+ films from across the world and covers the whole history of cinema, constantly evolving as new films are released on DVD. We also promote short films by children and young people around the world, ensuring the visibility and profile of their work.

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

We focus on child and youth centred stories, looking for films that present the world from a child's perspective or focus on the lives of children or young people locally and globally. To complement this we also seek out titles that tackle universal themes and issues that children and young people can relate to and identify with.

We balance mainstream and independent films, working with companies from across the UK film distribution industry to ensure we engage our audience with the full range of current and past content available.

We give extra attention to specialised* films in order that even if a child or young person's introduction to film is mainstream they're not limited to this, and are helped to discover films that represent diverse cultures, opinions and communities made by filmmakers with their own styles of storytelling and filmmaking.

We look beyond UK distribution, seeking films in archives held by cultural organisations, UK and international film festivals, from non-UK film distributors, sales agents and independent rights holders, as well as youth-produced films made with Into Film and other filmmaking organisations.

We connect cinema's past and present by curating programmes that link cinema's rich heritage and the perspectives of its new voices. In creating this dialogue we seek to expand a child or 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.

* Foreign Language films with subtitles, Documentaries, Archive/Classic films, Artists, Film/Experimenta, Short Film Programmes, British Films

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.

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?'

Film programming

All our films have an age rating to let you know whether a film is likely to be suitable for the children and young people in your club. This isn't the same as a BBFC certificate, which is there to tell you what kind of content a film features and whether the BBFC feel it is safe for a particular audience. The Into Film age rating takes that information into account, but also factors in whether we think your club members are likely to actually find the film rewarding, engaging and entertaining. It's not a scientific process - as you know, what one ten year old (or five year old or eighteen year old!) will enjoy is very different to what another might - but we hope it will give you a useful guide as to whether a film is likely to be right for the children and young people in your club.

The Age Ratings we suggest are:

  • 5-7 Suitable for ages 5 and up. This is usually U and some more gentle PG certificated films.
  • 7-11 Suitable for ages 7 and up. This is largely U and PG certificated films. 
  • 9+ Suitable for ages 9 and up. This is largely U and PG certificated films- DELETE
  • 11-14 Suitable for ages 11 and up. This is largely PG and 12 certificated films.
  • 14-16 Suitable for ages 14 and up. This is largely 12 and 15 certificates. Note a 12 is a DVD rating, 12A refers to an in Cinema rating. In some cases U or PG films may be suggested as 14+, this is either because the film is from an earlier period when certification was less robust or we believe the subject of the film is more complex or experimental and therefore will be more engaging for an older age group.
  • 16+ Suitable for ages 16 and up. This is largely 15 certificated films that we think are more extreme in content. It can also refer, in terms of the film's narrative or subject, to more complex or experimental U, PG or 12 certificate films.

You can find detailed information on all films that BBFC rate on BBFCinsight.If you’d like to know how we curate our catalogue you can get more information here.If you need any further guidance on classification generally, or about a single film in particular, please contact us.

The PVSL license for film clubs covers formal educational settings only. For youth groups and other educational settings some distributors have restrictions on what films you can order for your film club.

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