Film festival offering free movie screenings in Fife

Into Film Festival has a number of celebrity supporters including Edith Bowman.
Into Film Festival has a number of celebrity supporters including Edith Bowman.

Young people across Fife can access free film screenings and workshops this autumn as part of Into Film Festival 2016.

Hosted by education organisation Into Film, the world’s biggest free film festival for children and young people takes place across the UK from November 9 to 25.

The Festival immerses young people in the world of film watching and making, often for the first time, and offers rich educational resources to accompany the films. For the first time, young people will also be offered cinema vouchers to allow them to return to see a film of their choice.

The annual celebration of film and education, made possible by funding from Cinema First and support from the BFI through Lottery funding, a wide collaboration with UK cinema industry partners, and delivery partners National Schools Partnership, is hosted by Into Film as part of an on-going initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.

The Into Film Festival will enable 450,000 young people aged 5-19, from all backgrounds, to learn about film, interact with filmmakers and explore filmmaking. Highlights in Fife include: Screenings in Fife’s Secret Bunker which was built to help safeguard Scotland during the Cold War in the event of a nuclear attack, and which remains intact with bunks, radio equipment and radar listening equipment.

A screening of My Skinny Sister at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, exploring issues around female adolescence and eating disorders.

There will also be showings in Fife Cultural Trust venues including Adam Smith Theatre, The Lochgelly Centre, Rothes Halls and Carnegie Hall. Films include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, James and the Giant Peach and Gnomeo and Juliet.

And blockbuster hits for secondary school children include Captain America: Civil War at Odeon Dunfermline.

Much-loved children’s animation including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Finding Nemo at Odeon Dunfermline.

Edith Bowman, DJ and presenter, said: “The Into Film Festival is a wonderful idea because what opportunities are available for 5 – 19 year olds that encapsulates everything we love about cinema? It’s a specific window for young people to get involved in all the events that go on, whether that’s workshops, talks or discussions. To book events, visit www.intofilm.org/festival