Due to Covid-19 our regular school screenings have been cancelled for this term.  However, some of our most popular events will be available for you to access in your very own classroom. 

The Education Team has also put together a list of suggested films and resources linked to the curriculum, which you can access online. Have a read here


We have collaborated with the Festival team to pick six fantastic films to watch in your classroom.  There is something for all ages and stages and films will be available on DVD or Blu ray from 26 October until 18 December.  Each film costs £25 (payable directly to the French Film Festival) and comes with online learning resources, linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. Please find full details here

To book, simply click on the link below and complete the Schools Programme Booking Form, providing your contact details and choices of titles.  Note also that the Festival has available only a limited number of screenings so please reply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The deadline is the end of September.


Aïlo’s Journey Aïlo (Une odyssée en Laponie)  Ailo's Journey Ailo1h26min• Suitable S1+ • French with English subtitles • Modern Languages : French • Geography 

This stunningly beautiful nature documentary takes you to another world. Follow the adventures of the baby reindeer Aïlo in his first year of life, as he learns to survive in the frozen taiga landscape of Lapland. From wolves, to scurrying lemmings, to bears, to wolverines and elks, the film introduces us to the vast array of creatures and also alludes to the impact of climate change on their lives.  

Watch the trailer here 

Spread your Wings (Donne-moi des ailes)  
spread your wings

1h53min• Suitable S1+ • French with English subtitles • Modern Languages : French • Geography • RSHP • health and wellbeing 

Inspired by a true story, this heart-warming film follows a video game-addicted teenager Thomas who is sent by his mother to spend the school holidays with his father in the beautiful, yet remote Camargue. With no wi-fi and only his ornithologist father, Christian, for company, Thomas is slowly drawn into his father’s passion for a gaggle of new-born wild geese. Together, they train the birds for their first migratory flight and in the process also start to rebuild their own strained relationship. 

Watch the trailer here


Stars by the Pound (100kg d'Étoiles
stars by the pound

1h26min•  Suitable S4+ • Advisory: bad language, mental health issues, adolescent misdemeanours and anti-social behaviour  •  French with English subtitles • Modern Languages : French • STEM • Physics • health and wellbeing 

This edgy film is an ode to female friendships, personal resilience and busting stereotypes. Sixteen-year-old physics whiz Lois desperately wants to be an astronaut but after discovering that her weight might hold her back, she thinks all is lost. But after she is hospitalised, Lois meets up with 3 kindred spirits, Amelie, Stannah and Justine. The group take off on their own adventure, determined to help Lois find her way to the stars in this cosmic coming-of-age dramedy. 

Watch the trailer here

The Finishers (De toutes nos forces
the finishers

1h26min•  Suitable S4+ • French with English subtitles • Modern Languages : French • RSHP • health and wellbeing 

This heart warming father-son drama  charts the bumpy relationship between 17 year old Julien, who has cerebral palsy and his father, Paul, a celebrated athlete. They sign up for an upcoming Ironman race – which will involve 2.4 miles of swimming, then 112 miles of cycling, followed by 26 miles of running. Will this impossible challenge help reconnect them? Will they manage to complete the race? Inspired by a true story. 

Watch the trailer here


Back for its seventh edition, we are proud to present the ESFF Schools Programme for 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 crisis, they will be delivering the Festival online, including these two titles for schools. Each film costs £25 and can be accessed through a link that will be sent to teachers, allowing you to watch online with your class between 6 and 8 October. 

For more information and to place your order please email the Festival directly via info.esff@ed.ac.uk .  See the whole programme here.

Once Again (Una Vez Más
una vez

1h52min • Suitable S3-S6 • available online 7 and 8 October • Spanish with English subtitles • Modern Languages : Spanish •  RSHP • health and wellbeing 

Abril left Daniel behind 5 years ago, when she decided to try her luck in London. She is back home now in Seville, to bury her grandmother. Walking the streets of what was her home with the man who was her love, together they re-trace old steps, thinking about what they had, in contrast to the present and their new lives. She realises how much she has missed. 

Watch the trailer here

Learning resources will be available to support this screening.


We are sure you already thinking about how to make Christmas extra special for your students this year.   Why not bring them to Filmhouse for a very special treat! 

We are planning to offer festive Christmas screenings at Filmhouse through December, for one class bubble to visit us at a time, with sole use of the cinema.   We guarantee lots of festive spirit, with sing- alongs, our famous interactive quiz, as well as great prizes for the best Christmas outfits!  Film titles will range from Arthur Christmas and The Grinch to Elf, Home Alone and the French language drama, Joyeux Noel. 

If you are interested in discussing this or booking with us, please get in touch by contacting Chloe via education@cmi-scotland.co.uk



Each year we are proud to partner with Into Film to deliver our annual programme of professional development in film education.  For the autumn term, these terrific sessions will be available online as a series of webinars. Topics include Raising Literacy Attainment, Careers in Film, Mindfulness and Getting into Film – using it as a tool for learning. 

For more information and to sign up for your FREE account and sessions please use the following link here.



GMAC Film is excited to announce Little Pictures a new micro-budget short film commissioning scheme funded by Screen Scotland for people of all ages from 16 years old and over and encourages applications from under-represented backgrounds and welcomes people who have never made a film before.

Little Pictures will encourage new filmmakers who don’t normally have the opportunity to make a film or who have not been funded to make a film before to develop their voice, take creative risks and will help to kick start and develop film talent from across Scotland.
Little Pictures is also committed to 50% of the commissions by women.

Find out more about how to apply here or download their e-flyer

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