World’s Largest Youth Film Festival set to bring film and learning to young people from 9th – 25th November 2016

Looking back at the Into Film Festival 2015 from Into Film on Vimeo.

 “Films have educated me as much as school has.  Through film young people can broaden their horizons, be inspired to recognise their potential and tell their own stories so the rest of the world may one day hear them.  Film gave me this magical world that I could go to – I think that’s something that people can get from the Into Film Festival.”

Actor and Into Film Ambassador Michael Sheen

For three weeks this autumn young people all over Bradford can enjoy a free, fun and educational trip to the cinema at the Into Film Festival 2016 – the world’s biggest youth film festival – which returns from 9th to 25th November with its diverse programme of free screenings and events for 5-19 year-olds.  The Festival, which uses the power of film to captivate young minds and bring learning to life, will host 15 screenings across Bradford plus many more throughout Yorkshire, will engage 450,000 young people across the country.

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 throughout the UK as part of an on-going initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.  Supporters include actors Michael Sheen, Eddie Redmayne, Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Sir Ian McKellen and Helena Bonham Carter.

Open to schools, colleges, home educators and youth leaders the Festival features a variety of film screenings and related events. This year’s thought-provoking programme will offer a range of stories curated around six themes. Selected with educators in mind, the film titles – encompassing blockbusters, adaptations of novels and plays, British and classic films, documentaries, foreign language and world cinema – will address the importance of diversity and encourage young people to empathise with others. Films exploring changes in circumstance, environment, bullying and transition will offer the chance to debate current topics including immigration, loss and discrimination as well as individuals, movements and achievements that have changed the course of history or challenged our way of life.

In 2015 338,000 young people across England engaged with the Festival.  Highlights from the Into Film Festival 2016 programme in Bradford include screenings of a diverse selection of films for all ages such as: Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, A Beautiful Planet, Ghostbusters, Paper Planes The Big Short, The Jungle Book and more.

Teaching resources linking to each of the Festival strands will be available to download from the Into Film Festival website for use at screenings and in the classroom to facilitate further exploration of the films and the themes within them. Also available will be Into Film Festival guides for different age groups and a dedicated resource for students with SEND.  Autism-friendly screenings will be widely available and over half of the screenings on offer throughout the Festival will be accessible to attendees with a visual or hearing impairment through audio-description and subtitling.

In a survey of teachers who attended last year:

  • 98% felt the Festival activities were valuable to the broader education of young people
  • 83% said the Festival has made them more likely to use film or cinema visits to support the curriculum


The Into Film Festival 2016 will take place from 9th-25th November.  Into Film Club leaders will have priority ticket booking on Monday 5th September, with all educators able to book tickets from Tuesday 6 September. All events and screenings are free. For information