2019 at Filmhouse


Inside Hana's Suitcase : Holocaust Memorial Day


Tuesday 15 January, 10:30am 

1h28 min  •  £3/free for teachers • English, Czech and Japanese with some English subtitles •  suitable for P6-S3 • Social Studies: History, RMPS

Based on the internationally acclaimed book, this film blends documentary and drama to tell the poignant story of two children, Hana and George Brady, who were singled out as Jews and sent away from home by the Nazis.  Seventy years later a class of Japanese children receive a package from the Holocaust museum in Germany.  It contains what appears to be Hana’s suitcase, and the children and their teacher begin to unravel Hana’s story.  A moving film which deals with a difficult subject with sensitivity, and explores the wider theme of tolerance.

Watch the trailer here

The screening is supported by resources to continue the learning back in the classroom.

Room on the Broom with Into Film: Scots Language and Culture 

room on broom

Wednesday 23 January at 10:00am
1h30min • FREE •  U • Suitable for P3+ • Literacy, languages, Scots language and culture

We are delighted to offer this free, unique and educational screening event which explores Scots language through film.  Pupils will enjoy a screening of the Julia Donaldson classic, Room on the Broom, which tells the story of a kind witch who invites a collection of animals to join her on her broom, though her cat thinks it will get too crowded. Her new friends make themselves useful, however, when the witch is threatened by a fearsome dragon.  Afterwards, the story will be read aloud in Scots and pupils will be supported to write simple film reviews in Scots too. 

Booking can be made directly with Into Film here

Science Fair : STEM subjects

science fair

Tuesday 29 January, 10:15am
1h30min  •  £3/free for teachers • English, Portuguese, German with some English subtitles •  PG • suitable for P6-S6 • Science, Technologies, Maths, STEM  

This entertaining and affectionate documentary follows an inspiring group of high school students from around the world as they compete for the top prize at the 2017 edition of the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF), known as “the Olympics of Science Fairs”.  Come along for and be inspired by their creativity, ingenuity and tenaciousness and find out how your students could compete at the next IISEF through participating in the British rounds of the Big Bang Science Fair.

The film will be preceded by a short talk by Wendy Findlay from Engineering UK & Big Bang Science Fair

Watch the trailer here.

Ma Vie de Courgette (My Life as a Courgette) : Modern Foreign Languages: French

ma vie de courgette

Thursday 21 February at 10:30am
1h06min •  £3/free for teachers French with English subtitles • PG Advisory: mild sex references, references to traumatic childhood experiences Suitable for P5-S6   Modern Languages: French, Health & Wellbeing: MESP

A charming French animation about a young boy called Courgette who is sent to live in a children's home following the death of his mother. Learning to fit in with the other children – each of whom carry scars of their own difficult pasts – the film is a gentle exploration of the thoughts and feelings a young person might have when going through a difficult period. Full of humour, the challenging issues and behaviours of each child is dealt with sensitively and from the perspective of Courgette as he gets to know them. The bright, colourful animation and affecting story make this a perceptive and uplifting film about friendship and child welfare.

Watch the trailer here



Wonder :  World Book Day 


Thursday 7 March at 10:30am
1h53min •  £3/free for teachers • PG Suitable PA-S4 • Advisory: mild bad language, violence, scenes of emotional upset Literacy: English, Health & Wellbeing: MESP. Media Studies

Based on R.J. Palacio's best-selling book, Wonder is the stirring and heart-warming story of August 'Auggie' Pullman, a young boy born with facial differences that have stopped him from being able to go to mainstream school - until now. Over the course of a remarkable year, he and his new school peers learn about compassion, empathy and understanding, with Auggie becoming an unlikely hero. The film deals with its subject matter sensitively and intelligently. Telling its story from multiple points of view, it demonstrates the importance of learning to see the world through other people’s eyes and to always strive to choose kindness.

Watch trailer here


To book your places, please email education@cmi-scotland.co.uk or call 0131 228 6382.


CLPL at Filmhouse

Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Film Competition 2019 – Teacher Information Sessions

winners of ELSFC 2017

Friday 7 December, 2pm-3.30pm OR Thu 31 January 4.30pm-6pm • 90 min, FREE  Filmhouse Guild Rooms

Do you have a class of film fans?  This long running competition is an exciting opportunity to showcase your pupils’ talents and inspire a new generation of filmmakers.  All successful films are screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2019 and there are special awards up for grabs!

The competition is open to all Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. It is FREE to enter and no experience is necessary. To find out more, come along to our Teacher Information Sessions, where you can meet the team, including members of the Youth Jury and teachers who have been successful at previous competitions.

To book your place contact dina@screen-ed.org

You can find out more at https://screen-ed.org/edinburgh-schools-film-competition

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


Into Film Curricular Filmmaking Workshop

Friday 18 January, 2pm- 4pm • Filmhouse Guild Rooms • £15, suitable for all teachers, especially Literacy & English, Expressive Arts and Technologies

This practical session will help you use filmmaking to improve curricular learning, assessment and attainment. Step-by-step guidance will be provided on how to use a range of techniques and equipment, along with advice on how to adapt these to suit your classroom environment, specific learners' needs and assessment objectives.

For more information and to book your place please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/curricular-filmmaking-tickets-52087320578.  If you have any questions, please email Edinburgh@intofilm.org.


Teacher Advisory Group Meetings

Tuesday 22 January, 4.30pm-6pm OR Friday 1 February, 2pm-3.30pm • 90 min, FREE • Filmhouse Guild Rooms

Become a member of our Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). We meet regularly to discuss ideas and shape what we offer to local schools and teachers. From CLPL sessions to film-making workshops or bespoke screenings linked to your next topic we want your input in shaping our programme for 2019 and beyond. Come along for coffee, cake, chat and even some comp tickets!  To book your place, please contact Chloe Berger at education@cmi-scotland.co.uk


For more information or to make bookings please call us on 0131 228 6382 or email us at education@cmi-scotland.co.uk

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.