Take One Action Film Festival: Primary Shorts

Thursday 20 September, 10am • 1h30min, £3/free for teachers, Cert PG, suitable for ages 9+, Global Citizenship, Social Studies, Literacy & English, Health & Wellbeing (PSE)

A unique mix of animation, fiction, documentary - and chat!
Join Take One Action for a special programme of the best new short films from around the world, which spotlight issues of gender equality, power, conflict, access to education, food and the environment. With a specific focus on the rights of the child, the event incorporates fun, accessible opportunities for pupils to explore and discuss some of the key issues that affect them and the planet.


Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero

Thursday 25 October, 10am • 1h30min, £3/free for teachers, Cert PG, suitable for P4+, Social Studies, Literacy & English, Health & Wellbeing (PSE)

Commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 with this charming animated feature which tells the incredible true story of a stray dog who became a hero of the First World War, and the first canine to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army!

The film is a terrific resource to introduce younger children, in a sensitive way, to the realities of trench warfare and does contain scenes of bombings and a gas attack. However, the dominant themes that emerge are uplifting messages around teamwork, communication, and courage.

This event will include a post-screening discussion for pupils with a special guest and is supported by learning resources from the BBC available here. and the film's production company here.


Spanish Film Festival - October

Bring your pupils along to the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival for a tasty slice of Spanish culture.

Nur and the Dragon Temple  (Nur y el Templo del Dragón)

Wednesday 3 October• 10am • 1h05min, £3/free for teachers, Spanish with English subtitles, suitable for P4-P7, Modern Languages: Spanish

Join Nur and her friends on this enchanting animated adventure, set in a magical and mysterious amusement park.  Designed as a birthday treat, the trip soon turns into an elaborate quest when one of the friends goes missing.  Can they solve the puzzles of the Dragon Temple and find their chum?

Watch the trailer here 

The film will be followed by a 20 minute language workshop, led by Festival curator, Marian Arechaga.


French Film Festival - November

The French Film Festival returns in November, with an opportunity to catch the best new films for young people.  All screenings are in French, with English subtitles, and are supported by free, engaging learning resources produced by the Institut Français d'Ecosse.

Belle and Sebastien, Friends for Life 

Thursday 1 November, 10am • 1h37min, £3/free for teachers, French with English subtitles, suitable for P4-7, Modern Languages: French

An all-time French classic, Belle and Sebastien, Friends for Life is the final chapter of the charming family adventure adapted from Cécile Aubry’s novel. Sebastien is now 12 years old and Belle the mother of three young puppies. The duo is faced with a new threat when Belle’s former owner Joseph returns, claiming to be the dog’s rightful owner. However Sebastien will do everything that it takes to protect his best friend and her little ones. Continue the adventure off-screen with our terrific education pack designed by the Discovery Film Festival at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Watch the trailer here


Wednesday 7 November, 10am • 1h25min, £3/free for teachers, French with English subtitles, suitable for P7-S4, Modern Languages: French

Commemorate the centennial of the Armistice with this exquisitely animated film, which offers a unique perspective on the First World War through the eyes of Adama, a young boy from French speaking West-Africa.  It’s 1914 and Adama sets off across Europe in search of his older brother. The journey ultimately leads him to the front line at the Battle of Verdun.

Watch the trailer here

To find out more, come along to our French Film Festival Preview event at Filmhouse on Friday 21 September, from 2pm, where you can also book tickets.  

Alternatively, you can book directly via education@cmi-scotland.co.uk or call 0131 228 6382.


Into Film Festival - November

From 13-22 November, the Into Film Festival returns to Filmhouse, inspiring young people to watch, understand and discuss film in new and creative ways. The Into Film Festival makes a trip to the cinema easy to organise, with a curriculum-focussed programme, complementary resources and free tickets for all educators and young people.  Tickets go on sale on Thursday 6 September, and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more about the screenings and to book your place visit Into Film.  


CLPL at Filmhouse

Into Archive Film CLPL with Into Film

Wednesday 7 November, 4pm- 6pm, Filmhouse Guild Rooms; £15, suitable for all teachers, Social Studies: History,  Literacy & English, Technologies

In this session you will be introduced to working with archive film and primary sources as a stimulus for learning. Use film to inspire writing and also find out how to support children to create their own archive films.

For more information and to book your place, click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Edinburgh@intofilm.org


Teachers Advisory Group Meetings

Tuesday 18 September, 4.30-6pm OR Friday 28 September, 2.00-3.30pm • 90 min, FREE, Filmhouse Guild Rooms

Our next Teacher Advisory Groups (TAGS) will meet in September to help shape what we offer to local schools and teachers over the coming months. Whether it's CLPL sessions, film-making workshops or bespoke screenings linked to your next topic ­ we want your input in shaping our programme for 2018-19. Come along for coffee, cake and chat ­ and even some comp tickets!

Please email education@cmi-scotland.co.uk to book your place.

Framework Friday Film Education at Filmhouse

We will be providing Framework Friday Film Education on Friday 18 January & Friday 10 May - full details will be in future newsletters and on our website.


For more information or to make bookings please call us on 0131 228 6382 or email us at education@cmi-scotland.co.uk


Group Discounts

Primary screening at Filmhouse

We recognise that many teachers are finding it increasingly difficult  to bring groups to see films during class time, so to address this we offer 25% off tickets to public screenings at Filmhouse when bringing a group of ten or more pupils.

This discount applies to concession price tickets for pupils and full  price tickets for accompanying adults – details of our ticket prices for public screenings can be found here. Tickets should be booked through our box office on 0131 228 2688.

We hope that this discount will allow school groups to attend a range of  films at more suitable times. Please note that at public screenings we  expect all members of the audience to respect those around them, which  includes switching off mobile phones.

Projection Tours

Kids looking at film during a projection tour

Come and learn how cinema works, with a tour of our projection box and a  screening of short animations from the London International Animation Festival. Tours cost £90 for a class of up to 33 pupils, and are  suitable for P4-S2.

Please note that, although we strive to make Filmhouse as accessible as  possible, this tour is of a non-public area of the building which is up  two flights of stairs, with no lift.