Secondary School Screenings and Workshops  


Moon Landing : 50 Year Anniversary   uksa

In the Shadow of the Moon

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Wednesday 25 September at 10:30am •1h40• £3/free for teachers • Suitable P7-S6 • Advisory: Contains mild bad language and some upsetting scenes of failed missions  STEM: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Maths • Social Studies   Literacy and English 

Come along to Filmhouse and experience the thrill of the space race with this evocative documentary.  The film chronicles the triumphs and disasters of the Apollo space programme between 1968 and 1972, and features astonishing archive footage and interviews with the dozen men who travelled to the Moon, and back again. This is the definitive film of one of Mankind’s great achievements.  Unmissable for any one studying Space or the Space Race.

The screening will be introduced by a speaker from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. 

Watch trailer here

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival


Tuesday 8 October at 10.30am • 1h51 • £3/free for teachers • 15 Spanish with English Subtitles Suitable S5-S6 • Advisory: strong language, discriminatory termsModern Languages: Spanish • Social Studies • Expressive Arts: Dance Health and Wellbeing • Global Citizenship

In this rags-to-riches true-life story, we follow world renowned dancer Carlos Acosta’s journey from dirt-poor kid in Havana, Cuba to worldwide acclaim as a contemporary ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet in London.  Now in his 40s, he looks back on his youth - how did a boy who didn’t really want to dance rise to the top of his profession and become the first black principal dancer at the Royal Ballet?

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Icíar Bollaín  

Teaching resources will be available to support the screenings.
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Wednesday 9 October at 10:30am • 1h48 • £3/free for teachers • PG Spanish with English Subtitles Suitable P7-S4 • Advisory: Contains mild language and perilModern Languages: Spanish Literacy  Social Studies

In this live action adaptation of the comic strip, Juan López must balance an ordinary life and an anonymous office job with heroic feats to save the love of his life and native planet Chitón.  This Spanish parody of Superman is a super fun way for students to enhance their Spanish skills.

Teaching resources will be available to support the screenings.
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French Film Festival

A Colony (Une Colonie)   
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Wednesday 6 November at 10:30am • 1h42 £3/free for teachers • 12A  French with English Subtitles Suitable S1-S4 • Advisory: Moderate sex references, infrequent strong languageModern Languages: French • Literacy •  Social Studies •  Health and Wellbeing

Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, Une Colonie is a sensitive coming-of-age drama set in the French Canadian countryside.  It centres on 12 year old Mylia, who is starting high school, and her fledgling friendships with Jacynthe, one of the popular girls and Jimmy, a boy from the nearby Abenaki reserve.  Without passing judgement, and with a fine sense for the subtleties of social relations, the film follows these young teenagers in their search for a place where they can just be themselves.

Teaching resources will be available to support the screenings.
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The Bélier Family (La Famille Bélier)
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Thursday 7 November at 10:30am • 1h44 • £3/free for teachers • 12 • French with English Subtitles • Suitable S3-S6 • Advisory: Moderate sex references, infrequent strong languageModern Languages: French • Literacy •  Social Studies •  Health and Wellbeing   

La Famille Bélier is a sweet comedy drama about Paula (Louane Emera), a teenage girl who lives with her deaf parents. Paula has a gift for singing and her music teacher encourages her to pursue her talent and audition for a prestigious music college in Paris.  What follows is a heart-warming story about the power of music to bring people together.   A huge hit in France, the film explores many important themes including representation, rural France and the role of popular music in French culture.

Teaching resources will be available to support the screenings.
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Die Unsichtbaren (The Invisibles) 

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Tuesday 12 November at 10.30am • 1h43 • £3/ free for teachers •12A • German with English subtitles • S1-S6 • Modern Languages: German, Literacy, Social Studies, Health & Wellbeing 

While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight, interweaving personal interviews, dramatic reenactment and archival footage. 

Watch the trailer here

To discuss your booking, please contact Chloe at, or call 0131 228 6382


Edinburgh City Film Education Programme - Calling All Edinburgh Teachers!

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Would you like FREE support to make a short film with your class and then come along to see it on the big screen? 
Our Edinburgh, which is open to all primary, secondary and special schools across the City of Edinburgh is now accepting applications.

This is a unique opportunity for schools and pupils to creatively portray their city through their eyes, using the medium of film.  

The offer includes:

  • Bespoke, integrated project that fits around the theme of social justice
  • A film education tutor who will support staff and pupils to collectively produce a film 
  • Support for teaching staff to lead on the course, with lesson plans and curriculum linked worksheets to encourage confidence in delivery
  • Advanced career-long professional learning 

No film education experience is necessary and the programme is open to all subjects/disciplines.

Return completed application form (attached) to  Laura Findlay – by 5pm on Friday 27th September 2019  

Full details and the application form can be found here


Teacher CLPL 

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Careers in Film Training with IntoFilm

Wednesday 22 January 16:30-18:30 • £15 • Suitable for all teachers, especially Literacy & English, Media, Arts and Technologies • Filmhouse Guild Rooms

Aimed at upper primary and lower secondary educators, this engaging CLPL session gives attendees the chance to learn about roles in the film industry for their young people. Focused on four curricular areas (maths, PSHE, English and art & design), we have developed a subject-based approach to film industry careers education. Through dynamic classroom activities, this session will enable teachers to further develop the skill set of their young people and to link their skills to interesting film industry job roles. Interlaced with film clips, this fun session will give you a creative approach to engage pupils in an industry that forms a booming part of the UK economy, and help you to broaden your pupils' outlook and aspirations for the future. This course will provide you with a fully developed PowerPoint presentation and bespoke printable resources for your classroom.

For more information and to book your place please click here.

If you require an invoice for this session, please email


Group Discounts

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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 on 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.