Into Film Festival - November

From 13-22 November, the Into Film Festival returns to Filmhouse, inspiring young people to watch, understand and discuss film in new and creative ways. The Into Film Festival makes a trip to the cinema easy to organise, with a curriculum-focussed programme, complementary resources and free tickets for all educators and young people.  Tickets go on sale on Thursday 6 September, and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more about the screenings and to book your place visit Into Film.  

Christmas School Screenings

Bring your class along for a festive treat, wear your best Christmas jumpers and Santa hats. There will be music, a joyful atmosphere and a prize for best class effort! 

Arthur Christmas

Arthur Christmas

Tuesday 11 December, 10am • 1h37min, £3/free for teachers, U, suitable for P1-P4 

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!

Watch the trailer here

Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Wednesday 12 December, 10am • 2h05min, £3/free for teachers, PG, suitable for P4+

The Parrs are back, and this time around Helen (aka Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash, navigating the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life. It's a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done...

Watch the trailer here



Thursday 13 December, 10am • 1h33min, £3/free for teachers, PG, suitable for P4+

Will Ferrell is at his wide-eyed best in this disarmingly funny and good-natured festive family frolic. Buddy (Ferrell) is an adult human who has been raised by elves at the North Pole after stowing away in Santa's sack as an infant during his Christmas visit to an orphanage. Having finally realised that he is not like the other elves, he sets off to New York City to find his birth father - and finds things to be rather different there.

Watch the trailer here

To book your places, please email or call 0131 228 6382.


2019 at Filmhouse

We are currently putting together our schools programme for 2019.  There will be screenings and events to celebrate Scots language & culture, Chinese New Year and to mark LGBT History Month. Full details will be available here.

For Holocaust Memorial Day we will be screening two powerful films for primary and secondary schools.   

Inside Hana's Suitcase

inside hana's suitcase

Tuesday 15 January, 10am • 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.


Science Fair

science fair

Tuesday 29 January, 10am • 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 Bag Science Fair.

The film will be followed by a short talk and a Q&A from Wendy Findlay from Engineering UK & Big Bang Science Fair

Watch the trailer here.


CLPL at Filmhouse

Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Film Competition 2019 – Teacher Information Sessions

winners of ELSFC 2017

Wed 21 November, 4.30pm-6pm OR Fri 7 December, 2pm-3.30pm • 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

You can find out more at

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  If you have any questions, please email


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


For more information or to make bookings please call us on 0131 228 6382 or email us at

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.