Enjoy Festive Films on Into Film+

30 Nov 2021 in Into Film+

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Frozen II
Frozen II

Earlier this year we launched Into Film+, the UK's first free* streaming platform designed specifically for UK schools and educational settings. Since then, thousands of educators have transformed their teaching, streaming an ever-growing catalogue of films directly into classrooms and extra-curricular settings. And as the Christmas season approaches, there's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by streaming festive favourites with Into Film+.

From Christmas classics to feel-good favourites, there's a film for everyone on Into Film+, with titles catering to both Primary and Secondary audiences. Whether the heart-warming hits we watch year after yearnew animated shorts, or festive archive film from the BFI, we know you'll find something for you and your class to enjoy together.

Each film on Into Film+ is accompanied by teaching resources and film guides that you can use both before and after a screening, and some titles feature exclusive bonus content. Simply stream the films highlighted below, and the resources you need will be right there next to the player.

This year also sees the return of Into Film's Festive Quiz, which poses a brand-new set of exciting questions about the holiday classics you can watch on Into Film+.

For Into Film Clubs, we're also running a special festive edition of our ongoing Review 500 competition, which asks club members to post a review on any of the below films on the corresponding film page, with the three best reviewers winning cinema vouchers. The deadline for reviews is Tuesday 14 December.

As you dust off your fairy lights, dig out your stocking and un-bend your twinkling star for the top of the tree, the only thing left to do to really get you in the festive mood is cosy down and watch a festive film!

The Into Film Team

A Christmas Carol (2009) (PG)

Jim Carrey plays multiple roles in Robert Zemeckis' computer animated version of what is surely the most enduringly popular Christmas story of them all. Charles Dickens probably never dreamt his tale would one day look like this!

Elf (PG)

This hilarious modern classic has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike, with perhaps no festive film released this century matching it for heart or popularity.

Frozen II (U)

The sequel to one of the most phenomenally popular animations of recent years follows Elsa, Anna, Olaf and friends on another magical adventure that weaves in some timely themes around climate change.

Home Alone (PG)

A John Hughes classic that's as funny and charming today as it ever was, with Macauley Culkin giving one of the most timeless child performances of all time as the innovative 10 year old who goes up against two bumbling crooks.

It's a Wonderful Life (U)

One of the most beloved films of all-time, It's a Wonderful Life continues to tug at the heartstrings and affect audiences more than six decades after it was first released. A classic in the true sense of the word.

Paddington (PG)

The little bear from Peru arrived on the big screen in immensely charming fashion with this superb family comedy, with enough warmth and wit to appeal to children - and adults - of all ages.

The Grinch (2018) (U)

Benedict Cumberbatch lends his distinctive vocals to this computer animated version of Dr. Seuss' imaginative story that sees a mean-hearted green creature discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)

An all-singing, all-dancing take on Charles Dickens' classic tale, which features esteemed actor Michael Caine as the only human actor among a cast of hilarious and chaotic muppets.

The Polar Express (U)

Another digital animation from Robert Zemeckis, this visually arresting film sees Tom Hanks take on multiple roles and provides a magical journey to the North Pole and the heart of Santa's operation.

Partridge in a Bear Tree (Unclassified)

This English language short comes from a Welsh production company called Cloth Cat Animation, and is a beautifully animated film with a beautiful musical score by award winning Composer Kirsten Evans. The perfect short film for a cosy winter's day.

Christmas is Coming! Archive Shorts

This selection of special archive shorts celebrates the joys of Christmas. From early cut-out animation, to the first filmed version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, these shorts are a great introduction to early filmmaking, featuring silent shorts and some of the first cinematic storytelling techniques. They're also a perfect way to enjoy the festive season in the classroom.

How Do I Get Started?

To access Into Film+, all you'll need is an Into Film Account - it's completely free, and only takes a moment to set up. Into Film+ is free to use for all UK state schools that hold a valid Public Video Screening (PVS) Licence from Filmbankmedia.

Filmbankmedia PVS Licences are paid for on behalf of schools by all local authorities in England and by some local authorities in both Wales and Scotland. Into Film NI cover the license cost for some schools in Northern Ireland. For further information on licensing in your locality please see our FAQs.

If you don't have a PVS Licence, or aren't already covered, then a licence can easily be obtained from Filmbankmedia.



Filmbankmedia licenses and distributes film and TV entertainment to many groups and is the licensing authority we work with to ensure schools, libraries and youth groups have the permissions to screen films from our catalogue.

* Screenings for an entertainment or extra-curricular purpose require a PVS (Public Video Screening) Licence from Filmbankmedia. State-funded schools in England are covered by the PVS Licence.

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