The Into Film Festival returns to Scotland from November 7th to the 23rd. Run by film education charity Into Film and now in its sixth year, the Festival is the largest of its kind in the world.
Taking place at The Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, and West Side Cinema in Stromness, screenings will include the moving Wonder about a boy born with facial differences attending school for the first time; an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG; and Journey’s End about the last days of World War One.
“In Scotland we have such a wealth of talent in a very diverse way and we continually need to engage with as many young people as we can to hear their story and make the pathway into the industry as straightforward as possible.” Kevin Guthrie, Actor and Into Film Scotland Ambassador
Over 40,000 people attended Into Film Festival events in Scotland last year, and there are over 70,000 spaces available at this year’s Festival. Every screening is free to attend for schools and youth groups, and bookings are open now.
The Festival’s programme is split into 6 strands, which this year are:
- Mental Wellbeing: Moving Minds
This is our wellbeing strand that aims to open-up discussion around young people’s mental health.
- Year of the Woman: Empowered Voices.
Titles in this strand are ‘F’ rated – this standard refers only to films that have either been directed or written by a woman, or in some cases both. If the films feature strong female characters at the centre, they are considered to represent the gold standard of the F-rating.
- Visions of Europe.
Celebrating our relationship with continental Europe, their respective film industries and film culture, with key titles from the past and present. This strand will also include British content.
- Saving the World: Eco Warriors, Superheroes and Revolutionaries.
From environmental issues to superheroes, international politics and dystopian futures, saving the world is never straightforward.
- Anim 18 Connections: An Animated World.
In support of the BFI’s FAN-led (Film Audience Network) year-long celebration of British animation – Anim18. This strand will feature new and archive animated content from across the globe.
- Comedy Genius: Slapstick to Subversive
Complimenting the BFI’s blockbuster Autumn season, ‘Comedy Genius’ will give a platform to the stand-out comedians from film history. The strand is compiled with the help of young programmers from Into Film’s Youth Advisory Council and the BFI’s Film Audience Network (FAN), programming groups who have provided their view on what constitutes comic genius.