Schools & Teacher Programmes

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. We have a range of screenings for both primary and secondary pupils this Autumn, alongside some exciting events for teachers.

Tickets for schools screenings are only £3.00, teachers go free. To book please contact the Duty Manager on 0131 228 2688 or email

Primary School 

Spanish Film Festival: Tadeo Jones + animation workshop - Wednesday 8 October
Discovery Film Festival: Shorts for Middle Ones - Wednesday 29 October
French Film Festival: Belle and Sebastian - Monday 24 November
Discovery Film Festival: Windstorm - Monday 1 December
Into Film Festival - Tuesday 4 - Friday 21 November
A Very Scottish Christmas - Tuesday 9 December
Frozen Sing-a-long - Monday 15 December

Secondary School

Take One Action Film Festival: Inequality for All - Tuesday 23 September
Take One Action Film Festival: The Revolutionary Optimists - Thursday 2 October
Spanish Film Festival: 15 Years in a Day - Thursday 9 & Friday 10 October
Spanish Film Festival: In a Strange Land - Thursday 9 October
Into Film Festival - Tuesday 4 - Friday 21 November
Bioethics Film Festival: Juno - Wednesday 19 November
French Film Festival: Once in a Lifetime - Wednesday 26 November
Discovery Film Festival: Windstorm - Monday 1 December


We have two exciting events for teachers this Autumn:

McLaren Digital Animation - Wednesday 24 September
A Scottish Christmas - Monday 27 October

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.


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 documentary feature and short. Further details to be announced

Media Day 2
Will include a fiction feature film and short. 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 6382 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


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.

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