LETTER: Chance for youngsters to get involved in film festival

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Young people all over East Sussex are being given the chance to take part in a memorable and educational cinematic experience as part of the Into Film Festival - the world’s biggest youth film festival - when it comes to cinemas across the region between November 4 and November 21. They can enjoy a selection of free screenings and events as part of this UK wide Festival that uses the power of film to captivate young minds and bring learning to life. Tickets are available to book now at www.IntoFilm.org/festival

The Into Film Festival, hosted by education charity Into Film and supported by Cinema First and the BFI through Lottery funding, is a major cultural and educational event taking place across the UK for free as part of an on-going initiative to use the medium of film and filmmaking as a learning tool.

The cornerstone of the Festival is the educational power of film, enabling 300,000 young people, age from 5-19 attending the festival to watch, make and learn through and about film. The Festival will feature new and classic films, workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals and supported by a range of educational resources to promote discussion and debate around the films.

There are screenings in Eastbourne and Hastings of films including; The Book Thief, Earth to Echo, Mary Poppins, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave, Frozen, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Walking With Dinosaurs, and many more.

The festival is supported by a number of high-profile people in the film industry such as, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Ian McKellen, Steve McQueen and Gurinder Chadha.

The Into Film Festival builds on the success of last year’s event, which saw 200,000 young people attending screenings and events across the UK. Renamed the Into Film Festival, it encourages young people to learn and develop an interest in cinema, creating the informed film audiences of tomorrow.

Bookings are now open for this year’s Into Film Festival, taking place between 4-21 November. Teachers and educators can explore the full programme and book for the myriad of screenings, events and workshops that are programmed across the country at www.IntoFilm.org/Festival.

James Makings

Into Film