The 7th Into Film Festival wraps with highest ever audience

22 Nov 2019

5 mins
The 7th Into Film Festival wraps with highest ever audience

We were delighted to have a special pupil premiere of Disney's Frozen II close this year's Into Film Festival, with a host of young people being the first to enjoy the further adventures of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and friends.

This year's Festival has been our most successful ever, with half a million attendees joining us at over 3,000 screenings and events taking place in 580 cinemas all across the UK.

We are thrilled to have hosted the most successful Into Film Festival to date reaching a wider audience than ever before and we are particularly proud that, over the past two Festivals, we've been able to give over 50,000 children and young people their first experience of a trip to the cinema which they loved!

Into Film Festival Director, Sam Wilson

From our opening event, in which climate change documentary 2040 kicked things off with screenings across the nations - including a satellite-linked Q&A at many locations - to a screening of Mary Queen of Scots in Stirling Castle with new ambassador Jack Lowden, right through to our Frozen II pupil premiere, the 7th Into Film Festival has been a resounding triumph.

Other highlights included a pupil premiere of Welsh language show Deian a Loli with the actors and filmmakers, a special Wee Critters film event in Northern Ireland, several UK events in celebration of the half centenary of the moon landings including a collaboration with Live Cinema UK at Leeds Town Hall, a one of a kind panel discussion on the process of music videos, women's rights panels following screenings of On the Basis of Sexa talk from Cornelius Walker on his Academy-Award nominated short Black Sheep, Greenpeace presented talks following a series of UK pupil premieres of Biggest Little Farman extensive industry talk from Digital Cinema Media and many more. As ever, careers in film were highlighted with talks from industry professionals and high-profile organisations such as Action Aid, Oxfam and Stonewall.

It has been a truly humbling experience for me as, for more than half of the children in the school, this was their first experience of attending a big screen event. I was moved to tears at comments such as 'This has been the best day of my life'

Jane Baxter, Teacher, Dunn Street Primary School, Tyneside

Children and young people at our Frozen II screening were greeted with some frosty fun ahead of the screening, with the opportunity to decorate their very own Christmas wreaths as well as have their faces painted and their hair braided in Elsa's iconic style. With an audience that laughed and applauded throughout the screening, it seems like Frozen II is set to rival the original in popularity among young people. And with the film's environmental themes shining through, the event made for a perfect book-end to our 2040 launch.

It's been an incredibly exciting couple of weeks and you can check out some of our favourite photos below:

Launch event in London
2040 director Damon Gameau with a primary audience before the launch of the Festival
IFF event at Leeds Town Hall
Art-rock collective Stems at a Leeds Town Hall celebration of the half centenary of the moon landings
Northern Ireland Event for IFF 19
Wee Critters special event in Northern Ireland
Guide Dogs' Dave Kent with two young attendees and his guide dog Chad
Pick of the Litter event - Guide Dogs' Dave Kent with two young attendees and his guide dog Chad
Taken at the IFF 19 Stirling Castle screening of Mary Queen of Scots
New Ambassador Jack Lowden at a Mary Queen of Scots screening at Stirling Castle
Panel on the art and process of the music video
Music video event - Left to right - commissioner at Sony Music Elena Argiros, Director Tash Tung, Director Fred Rowson, choreographer Simon Donnellon
Cornelius Walker, 'Black Sheep', with Uxbridge College
Cornelius Walker with secondary audiences at a Black Sheep event
Closing event for IFF 19
Primary audience at the closing pupil premiere of Frozen 2

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