Inside Hana's Suitcase 
inside hana's suitcase

Thursday 16 January at 10.30am • 1h28 • £3/free for teachers • PG • Contains mildly upsetting scenes • Suitable for P6-S3 • English, Czech and Japanese with English subtitles • Social Studies, History, RMPS

Based on the internationally acclaimed book, this film tells 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.

Watch the trailer here.
Online resource available here



The Biggest Little Farm
the biggest little farm

Wednesday 19 February at 10.30am • 1h31min • FREE • PG • Contains mild threat, images of dead and injured animals • Suitable P6-S6 • Social Studies: History, Geography, Sustainability, Literacy & English 

After their rescue dog Todd causes them to be evacuated from their urban home for incessant barking, John and Molly Chester decide to follow their dream of creating a sustainable farm together. They move to a rural area outside of Los Angeles where they have 200 acres of land to turn into their own vision. This enlightening documentary educates young audiences about the food chain, farming practices and issues around life and death in an accessible way.

Watch the trailer here
Book here


La Jaula de Oro (the Golden Dream) 
golden dream

Wednesday 26 February at 10.30am • 1h48 min • £3/free for teachers  • 12a • S3-S6 • Spanish with English subtitles • Advisory: moderate violence, sexual threat, strong language, natural nudity, death of a central character • Modern Languages: Spanish, Modern Studies, Geography, Social Justice, Global Citizenship

This award winning and engaging drama tells the tragic tale of a group of teenagers who flee Guatemala through Mexico in pursuit of the American Dream, and of the many challenges they face getting to America. Full of drama and suspense, and excellently acted by its three non-professional leads, the film will keep you guessing right up until the end whether they will make it across the border. The film also provides an opportunity to discuss current issues around migration and social justice with your students.

Watch the trailer here


Avril et le Monde Truqué (April and the Extraordinary World)
april and the extraordinary world

Thursday 19 March at 10.30am • 1h41min • £3/Free for adults • PG • French with English Subtitles • Advisory: Contains mild violence, threat, mil bad language • Suitable for P6-S6 • Modern Languages: French, Literacy & English, Social Studies, Expressive Arts: Art & Design

It is 1941 and France is trapped in a fascinating alternative historical period - the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Our teenage heroine, Avril, goes in search of her missing scientist parents, in this extraordinary, compelling, animated tale.

Watch the trailer here



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 laura@screen-ed.org

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!

our edinburgh

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.

Applications are now open until 7th Feb 2020.

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

Full details and the application form can be found here. 


Teacher CLPL 

intofilm clpl

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 Edinburgh@intofilm.org


Group Discounts

Kids at a screening











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.