Schools & Teacher Programmes

Media Days at EIFF 2014

These hugely popular events offer an exciting learning experience for students and teachers, allowing an exclusive insight into the Film Industry.

Media Day 1: Thursday 19th June, 10.00 - 15.30, Filmhouse, £6 per pupil
Media Day 2: Wednesday 25th June, 10.00 - 15.30, Filmhouse, £6 per pupil
Media Day 3: Thursday 26th June, 10.00 - 15.30, Filmhouse, £6 per pupil

Accompanying teachers free. Suitable for S5 & S6.
Doors at venue open 09.30. With breaks at lunchtime and mid-afternoon.

Each of our Media Days include the screening of a film premiere as well as the unique opportunity to hear from visiting film professionals. These events are suitable for S5 & S6 students and will be of particular interest to those taking Higher Media Studies or English. 

Media Day 1
Will include a fiction feature film. Further details to be announced

Media Day 2
Will include a documentary feature and short animation. Further details to be announced

Media Day 3
Further details to be announced

For more information or to make a booking please contact Laura McBride on 0131 228 4051 or at


Edinburgh Schools Film Competition

We are delighted to once again partner with City of Edinburgh Council and Screen Education Edinburgh to give young people in Edinburgh the chance to have their film selected for the Festival and screened alongside leading filmmakers. Open to all pupils in nursery, primary and secondary education, work is viewed and selected by a Young People's Jury who also coordinate and present the award ceremony during the Festival in June.

Please click HERE for more information or contact

Documents: Submission Form 2014 - Clearance Form 2014 - FAQs 2014


Schools Programme

Filmhouse has a range of diverse films for both Primary and Secondary students supporting a variety of teaching areas including Literacy, Modern Languages and Global Citizenship.

Tickets for schools screenings are only £2.60, teachers go free. To book please contact the Duty Manager on 0131 228 2688 or email

Primary School 

Mr Peabody and Sherman
Wednesday 19th March - 10am

U - Contains mild comic violence and threat and very mild language, 92mins
Tickets £2.60 - teachers go free

Mr Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine – the WABAC – to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr Peabody must come to their rescue.

Secondary School

Plot For Peace
Thursday 20th March - 10am

12A, 84mins
Tickets £2.60 - teachers go free
Suitable for S1-S6

This brilliant documentary thriller traces the behind-the-scenes manoeuvres that led to the release of Nelson Mandela from jail in 1990. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa's front line states helped end apartheid. One man stood at the centre of the whirlwind, a mysterious French businessman dubbed 'Monsieur Jacques'.

Plot for Peace is an accessible film which explains the political landscape of Africa in the 80's, when the cold war and post-colonialism carved up the continent. Jean-Ives Ollivier, a native of Algeria, gained the trust of the diplomats and leaders in the region as well as abroad, eventually negotiating the peaceful release of Nelson Mandela.

Maria and I
Wednesday 30th April - 10am

U - 80mins - Spanish with English Subtitles
Tickets £2.60 - teachers go free
Suitable for S1 and up

María lives with her mother May, in the Canary Islands, 3000 km from Barcelona, where her father, Miguel lives. Sometimes Miguel and María go on holiday together, spending a week at a resort in Gran Canaria South; an unusual setting that doesn´t often have among his guests a single father who used to be a well-known underground comic books author and his fourteen year old autistic daughter. This is the story of one of their journeys, but above all its an original tale, full of humour, irony and sincerity, about how to live with a disability.


Filmhouse is the leading independent cinema in the UK offering a diverse range of films for all audiences. City of Edinburgh Council employees can use their Priviledges card to purchase 2 for 1 tickets at Filmhouse every day before 7pm so why not treat yourself? Details of our full programme are available here.


Year-round Filmhouse offers a diverse programme of films that will enrich all areas of the curriculum including Expressive Arts, Languages and Social Studies.  Should you wish to bring a group fro a film in our public programme we can offer at least 10% discount for groups of ten or more - please call us to discuss this and other offers for your group.



The very nature of the Filmhouse programme ensures that young adults have the chance to participate in fresh new programming ideas and festivals such as the Bio-Ethics Film Festival, French/Italian/Spanish Film Festival etc. However we also offer year-round curriculum led activity with the highlight of the programme being Edinburgh International Film Festival's exciting Media Days, which allow teachers and students to examine the entire filmic process from pre and postproduction to distribution and exhibition by seeing new films and meeting local and international film professionals.

The programme is relevant to discreet subject areas such as Media Studies, Modern Studies, History and Modern Languages but also offers a rare chance for such subjects to engage with cross-curricular themes and issues.

Main Navigation:
Book online 0131 228 2688
 Download the latest programmes:
The Filmhouse is located at 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ. You can book your tickets online, but the booking process is unfortunately requires javascript at present. Tickets can also be bought by phoning the box office on 01312282688.  Filmhouse location