Do you have a class of film fans?

Showcase their creative talents at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Now in its 12th year, this exciting film making competition is open to all City of Edinburgh Council nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, and also to schools in the Lothians. It is FREE to enter and no experience is necessary.

All you need is an iPad and a whole lot of imagination.

Youth Jury Applications

We are currently recruiting our Youth Jury members for the ELS Film competition. If you are based in the Edinburgh or Lothians, are aged between 14 and 18 years old, and have a passion for film then apply now! Please download the ELSFC Youth Jury application form 2020 here* and email it to laura@screen-ed.org by 1pm on 27th February 2020.

Further details on the competition and Youth Jury can be found here

Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Film Competition is a partnership between Screen Education Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh Council, Arts & Creative Learning, Communities & Families, Centre for the Moving Image and Edinburgh International Film Festival



Edinburgh City Film Education Programme - Calling All Edinburgh Teachers! 

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Our Edinburgh is a free film education programme that offers practical, hands-on experience in filmmaking. Teachers and pupils will collectively produce their own film, creatively portraying Edinburgh through their eyes. Throughout the programme, a film tutor will support staff and pupils in order to advance their understanding of the technical aspects of filmmaking as well as appreciating film as both a text and an expressive art.

Our Edinburgh is open to all Primary, Secondary, and Special schools run by City of Edinburgh Council. The programme is delivered by Screen Education Edinburgh in partnership with Into Film, Centre for the Moving Image, and the City of Edinburgh Council Arts and Creative Learning Team.  By working together, we aim to provide a more collaborative and cohesive approach to film education in Edinburgh. The programme is absolutely free thanks to funding from Screen Scotland. It is open to all subjects/disciplines, and no previous experience of filmmaking is required.

Through the programme, teachers are offered free CLPL bespoke to their needs as well as support from a SEE film tutor and curriculum linked worksheets. Teachers also benefit from offers from our partners and support from Screen Education Edinburgh beyond the in-class sessions. 

We are currently taking applications for the Apr-Jun and Aug-Oct terms and will work with schools to offer something flexible and bespoke to suit their staff and learners. The application deadline is Friday 3 April. 

For further information, please contact Laura Findlay – laura@screen-ed.org . 

Full details and the application form can be found here. 

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.