Schools & Teachers

Events for teachers

Teachers Meeting

Monday 29 August, 4.30pm-6.00pm
For both Primary and Secondary teachers
Join us for an informal meeting and an introduction to our autumn schools programme. Refreshments will be included. We are also keen to start up a Teachers Advisory group at Filmhouse and would like to hear from teachers interested in joining.

Teachers Screening

Monday 5 September, 4.30pm (French with English subtitles)
A free screening for teachers to watch one of the films from the forthcoming French Film Festival and discuss practical ways it can be used with pupils.


Autumn School Screenings


Tickets for these screenings are £3 (unless stated otherwise) for pupils, and teachers go free. To book please call 0131 228 2688 and ask to speak to the Duty Manager, or email



Tue 13 September, 10am •  1h55m / cert PG / P3-S2 / English, Literacy, PSR

Adapted from Roald Dahl's beloved story, Steven Spielberg's film tells the story of young orphaned Sophie, who befriends a gentle, kind giant, ostracised by his fellow giants for his refusal to eat humans. When the others threaten to devour more, Sophie and the BFG resolve to stop them once and for all. Trailer


Take One Action Film Festival: Primary Schools Event

Tue 15 September, 10am •  1h30m / cert PG / P6-P7 / Sciences, Global Citizenship

This event combines an unique programme of entertaining short films from around the world, that spotlight issues of power, conflict, gender equality, food, education and the environment, with a strong focus on the rights of the child.  They will play alongside simple creative learning activities to encourage children to consider how these stories relate to their own situations and opportunities.


Take One Action Film Festival: Sonita

Tue 20 September, 10am •  1h30m / est. cert 12 / Farsi/Afghan with English subtitles / S3-S6 / Modern Studies, Global Citizenship, Music

This surprising and engaging documentary, winner of multiple audience awards across the globe, tells the story of Sonita, a young Afghan refugee living in Tehran. In a country where women can't sing, she wants to be a rapper; in a community where teenage girls are sold into marriage, she refuses to be a commodity. Trailer

Take One Action runs from 14-25 September and has a range of films that may be of interest to teachers and secondary pupils in particular. The full programme can be viewed here.


Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Tue 27 September, 10am •  1h37m / cert U / No dialogue / P1-P7 / Sciences, Social Studies

In a peaceful clearing, the remains of a hastily abandoned picnic sparks warfare between two tribes of ants. A bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle. An award-winning animation that will charm audiences of all ages - the perfect accompaniment to school mini-beast projects. Trailer


Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival: The Bride (La Novia)

Fri 7 October, 10am •  1h36m / est. cert 15 / Spanish with English subtitles / S4-S6 / Modern Languages (Spanish)

Based on the classic Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, La Novia tells the passionate and tragic story of a love triangle between two men and woman, who defy the moral and societal conventions of their time. Their actions will have devastating consequences. Trailer

This screening will be followed by a discussion on Lorca's theatre.


Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival: The Olive Tree (El Olivo)

Wed 12 October, 10am •  1h38m / suitable for ages 14+ / Spanish and German with English subtitles / S4-S6 / Modern Languages (Spanish), Social Studies

Directed by award-winning Icíar Bollaín (Even the Rain) and scripted by Paul Laverty (The Wind that Shakes the Barley), this moving drama follows a determined young farmer as she travels across Europe to reclaim her grandfather's beloved olive tree. Trailer
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Icíar Bollaín.


Portrayals of Juliet on Film

Wed 26 October, 10am •  2h29m + talk / cert PG / S4-S6 / English, Literacy, Media Studies, Social Studies

A special screening of Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 masterpiece Romeo & Juliet, which transposed the character of Juliet from the world of academia to the very forefront of modern popular culture.  The film will be preceded by a talk by Dr Anthony Quinn on the various representations of Juliet on film. Trailer


French Film Festival: The New Kid (Le Nouveau)

Wed 2 November, 10am •  1h21m / est. cert 12 / French with English subtitles / S1-S6 / Modern Languages (French)

In this vivacious comedy, shy 14-year-old Benoît moves to Paris and a new high school, where he is rejected by his cooler classmates and reluctantly sidelined into a friendship with the “freaks and geeks.” The film addresses themes of bullying, transition and resilience. Trailer
Learning resources produced by Institut Français d'Ecosse.


French Film Festival: Learn By Heart (La vie en grand)

Thu 3 November, 10am •  1h33m / est. cert 15 / French with English subtitles / S4-S6 / Modern Languages (French)

Amada is a teenager who lives with his mother on the outskirts of Paris. Despite having plenty of potential and imagination, he’s struggling in school and his smaller, younger friend, Mamadou, pushes him to do better. Together, they become small time drug dealers in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives. Trailer

Learning resources produced by Institut Français d'Ecosse.


French Film Festival: Long Way North (Tou en haut du monde)

Tue 8 November, 10am •  1h22m / cert PG / French with English subtitles / P4-P7 / Modern Languages (French), History

Set in Russia in the late 1880s. Sasha, a resourceful and determined teenage girl from an aristocratic family, runs away from home to rescue her explorer grandfather on his latest Arctic expedition. Headed towards the Great North, she follows the trail of his famous ship. This is a beautifully-told and exquisitely-animated tale. Trailer


The Battle of the Somme

Fri 18 November, 10am •  1h18m / cert PG / S1-S6 / History, Media Studies

In association with National Museums Scotland, we are delighted to announce this special screening of the seminal 1916 British documentary and war propaganda film.  Laura Clouting, historian at the Imperial War Museum, will introduce the screening and discuss its history and impact. To complement the screening, the National War Museum invites schools to book a free self-led visit or workshop.


Group Discount for Schools


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, and must be paid for at least 24 hours in advance of the screening.

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


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 £75 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.


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 discrete 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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