Christmas at Filmhouse! 

Arthur Christmas 

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Wednesday 4 December at 10.30am 1h41min  U  P1-P7  Advisory: Contains very mild bad language and mild comic threat – Literacy, English, Expressive Arts - £3/free for teachers

How can Santa deliver millions of presents around the world in just one night? With an army of elves and an ultra-high-tech facility in the North Pole. However this well-oiled machine is threatened when one child is missed in the operation. Santa’s son, Arthur, comes to the rescue with an unconventional team, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer. Will he deliver the last present on time? Come along to find out!

Home Alone

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Thursday 5 December at 10.30am 1h43  PG P5-P7  Advisory: Contains moderate slapstick violence and infrequent moderate language  Literacy, English, Expressive Arts £3/free for teachers

8-year-old Keven McAllister feels like he is the black sheep of his huge family – nobody listens to him and no one understands him. To make matters worse, they accidentally leave him behind when they go on holiday to France for the winter holidays. Once he realizes he is home alone, Kevin soon learns to fend for himself, and when two bumbling burglars home target the family he draws up an elaborate defense plan… A classic slapstick Christmas comedy!

Muppet Christmas Carol

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Tuesday 10 December at 10.30am  1h25 U P1-P7 Advisory: Contains mild scary scenes Literacy, English, Expressive Arts £3/free for teachers

The fuzzy felt creatures we know and love are back for their annual Christmas outing! A fun but meaningful adaptation, Scrooge is so miserly he won’t even allow his fuzzy employees an extra piece of coal for the fire at Christmas. His deceased business partners, who appear to him one night and tell him that he must face up to his misdeeds, do not tolerate such meanness. And so he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.



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.

We will also be offering two FREE film making workshops for teachers to support you to make films with your class for the competition.

Where: Waverley Court, 4E Market St, Edinburgh EH8 8BG
When: 14th January 2020, 4.30pm-6.30pm (storytelling, camera & sound) 
and  21st January 2020, 4.30pm-6.30pm (filming and editing)


For more information and to book your place contact

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



Our Edinburgh 
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.

Second call for applications will be announced in late October.  For further info, contact Laura Findlay – . 

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

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.