Top films at free fes­ti­val

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By KATY HAL­LAM Chief Re­porter katy.hal­lam@reach­

THE world’s largest free youth film fes­ti­val is back giv­ing young­sters the chance to see some of the big­gest films of the last few years.

There’s a mas­sive 54 free screen­ings lined up for Coven­try and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing Nuneaton and Leam­ing­ton Spa.

So if you’ve missed out on some of the magic of the big block­busters, or want to see some­thing com­pletely new, you can do it all with­out break­ing the bank.

The Into Film Fes­ti­val starts on Novem­ber 7 and runs un­til Novem­ber 23.

Now in its sixth year, the fes­ti­val wel­comed nearly half a mil­lion pri­mary and sec­ondary pupils across the coun­try in 2017.

Hosted by film ed­u­ca­tion char­ity, Into Film, the fes­ti­val en­gages young­sters in all as­pects of film­mak­ing.

As well as an an­nual re­view writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion, it also en­cour­ages young­ster to learn about ca­reers in the film in­dus­try with in­dus­try ex­perts lift­ing the lid on a vast range of top­ics in­clud­ing VFX; Di­rect­ing; Screen­writ­ing; Foley Artistry and Sound De­sign; Prop Mak­ing; Cos­tume De­sign; Au­dio De­scrib­ing; Copy­writ­ing, Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion and Act­ing, to name a few.

Star Wars and Games of Thrones star Gwen­do­line Christie said the fes­ti­val was in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as cuts to the arts con­tinue.

“Into Film is a re­ally bril­liant ini­tia­tive be­cause any­thing that fa­cil­i­tates the arts in our cur­rent cli­mate, par­tic­u­larly with re­gards to younger peo­ple, is re­ally vi­tal as we are see­ing in­creas­ing cuts and less fund­ing in schools,” she said.

High­lights of the fes­ti­val in Coven­try and the sur­round­ing ar­eas - all within 10 miles of the city - in­clude:


Novem­ber 9 - Ho­tel Tran­syl­va­nia 3: A Mon­ster Va­ca­tion

Novem­ber 19 - Cap­tain Underpants (autism friendly screen­ing)

Novem­ber 20 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (autism friendly screen­ing)

Novem­ber 21 - Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom (autism friendly screen­ing)

Novem­ber 22 - Darkest Hour Al­bany Theatre Novem­ber 20 - Re­volt­ing Rhymes Novem­ber 15 - BFG - fol­lowed by a talk with the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion

Novem­ber 15 - Jour­ney’s End - fol­lowed by a talk with the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion


Novem­ber 12 - Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox Novem­ber 13 - Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (autism friendly screen­ing Novem­ber 16 - Black Pan­ther


Novem­ber 21 - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (autism friendly screen­ing) Novem­ber 22 - Sci­ence Fair


Novem­ber 9 - Sher­lock Gnomes Novem­ber 12 - The Man Who In­vented Christ­mas

For pro­gramme in­for­ma­tion and to book tick­ets, visit www.intofilm. org/fes­ti­val

You’ll have to join a club - for free - on the site to get your tick­ets.

The Fes­ti­val is sup­ported by the UK film in­dus­try through Cinema First and the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute (BFI) through Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing, en­gag­ing with over half of schools in the UK.

It is sup­ported by the big name cinemas as well as in­de­pen­dents, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­clu­siv­ity are key aims with over half of the pro­gramme of­fered as au­dio-de­scribed, sub­ti­tled or autism-friendly.

Paul Reeve, CEO of Into Film, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of the Into Film Fes­ti­val. With the fan­tas­tic sup­port of the UK film in­dus­try, this event reached 487,000 chil­dren, young peo­ple and their ed­u­ca­tors last year.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing schools, teach­ers and pupils again in 2018, and en­abling them to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of cinema.

“The UK cinema in­dus­try is im­mensely proud to sup­port the Into Film Fes­ti­val.

“This event pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for au­di­ence devel­op­ment, en­gag­ing and in­tro­duc­ing many young peo­ple for the first time to the magic of the big screen.”

Youngers can The BFG, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Cap­tain Underpants, for free, as part of the Into Film Fes­ti­val

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