Festive Favourites on Into Film+

29 Nov 2022 in Into Film+

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As the year begins to draw to a close after a hard-working first term in the classroom for teachers and educators and students alike, we want to help you wind down. With the season upon us, schools across the UK can turn their attention to celebrating the end of term by streaming festive favourites and feel-good films on Into Film+.

From festive classics to feel-good favourites, there's a film for everyone in the films highlighted below, including feature-length and short films, for both Primary and Secondary students. Titles range from heart-warming hits we enjoy year-after-year, to new releases, animated shorts and even festive archive films from the BFI, so you're sure to find something to enjoy with your students!

We also have film guides and resources to help bring an extra dimension to watching these titles in the classroom, as well as the return of the Into Film Festive Quiz with brand new, exciting questions to engage your students.

Last year we loved seeing how your film club members and classroom screenings were getting into the festive spirit, so don't forget to share your which seasonal films and activities you'll be engaging with this December with us on Twitter at @intofilm_edu!

Finally, we recently launched our Into Film+ Playlists feature and our first festive edition, Christmas, Humbug! playfully explores the excitement and nuances of Christmas through humour, pathos, song, and resolution through relatable examples in much-loved festive films, while highlighting a range of Christmas traditions.

Each Into Film+ Playlist is comprised of carefully curated highlights from feature films that illuminate a particular theme and help stimulate classroom discussion around that topic.

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!

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Smallfoot (U)

A musical animated comedy about a yeti convinced that humans are mythical creatures, and who faces banishment from his community when he claims to have found one.

Encanto (U)

Set in Colombia, this modern-day Disney classic tells the story of a young girl who must save her magical family, despite being the only one without magical powers.

Shrek (U)

An animated comedy about a swamp-loving, green and bad-tempered ogre banished from his woods cabin home by an evil lord, which has become a modern classic.

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.

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.

Tokyo Godfathers (12)

Fast-paced and funny anime about a homeless trio who discover an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve.

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.

BFI Archive Shorts

Christmas is Coming!

This selection of special archive shorts celebrates the joys of Christmas. From early cut-out animation to the first filmed version of Dicken's A Christmas Carol, these shorts are a perfect way to start the festive season in the classroom. The films are also a great introduction to early filmmaking, with silent shorts and some of the first cinematic storytelling techniques included here.

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.

Into Film and the Into Film+ streaming service is supported by the UK film industry through Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery Funding, thanks to National Lottery players.

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