Campbeltown Picture House joins in with Into Film festival

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Campbeltown Picture House (CPH) is one of three cinemas in Argyll and Bute taking part in this year’s Into Film festival, the world’s largest free film festival for children.

The festival, which runs from November 6 to 22, is hosted by British film education charity Into Film, which runs film-based programmes for children aged five to 19.

This year’s festival comprises eight strands which can help educators navigate the packed programme: Mental Wellbeing and Identity, Language and Creativity, The Natural World, Exploring History, Debate, Fantasy and Adventure, Rebellion, and Musicals.

CPH is showing Beautiful Boy for secondary pupils, Singin’ in the Rain for primary pupils and The Grinch for families.

The cinema’s manager, Ellen Mainwood, said: ‘Into Film has become a popular part of Campbeltown Picture House’s calendar and inviting the young people in to enjoy a free screening is such a privilege.

‘This year, Campbeltown children were given the task of deciding which films would be screened in the Musicals category so it’s fun to now see those films being watched by children across the country.’

Different movies will also be on offer in Dunoon Burgh Hall and at Oban Phoenix Cinema.

Kirsty Gallacher, Into Film programme delivery manager for Scotland, said: ‘Film is a powerful tool for learning and engagement. It is rich in curriculum from story to screen and everything in between.

‘The Into Film festival programme in Scotland has so much to offer educators and their learners with so many screenings and special events that cover very relevant and current themes.

‘I would urge teachers to look at the programme and explore the associated resources to see how it can be used to support pupils learning with clear links to the Curriculum for Excellence.

‘Tickets get snapped up quickly so I would advise teachers to be quick to book tickets for screenings in their area to save disappointment.’

The Into Film team has worked with cinemas, theatres and some unusual venues across Scotland, from castles to aquariums, to ensure pupils north of the border will have access to a wide variety of films.

The Into Film programme supports children and young people to watch, make and understand film in new and creative ways, as well as learn about the film industry and foster a lifelong love of cinema and film-making.

Some of Into Film’s celebrity ambassadors, alongside Into Film’s Youth Advisory Council, have helped programme this year’s festival and have chosen their favourite children’s films.

The Into Film festival is supported by Cinema First and the BFI through National Lottery funding and backed by the UK film industry. It is one of the biggest, free cultural events of the year, offering more than 3,000 film screenings and speaker events covering a vast range of curriculum-linked topics.

All events and screenings are free. For programme information, to sign up for priority bookings, book tickets and download resources visit:

Singin’ in the Rain will be shown at CPH as part of the Into Film Festival. Photograph: MGM. NO_c37cinema01

The Grinch is also on the programming list as part of the festival. NO_c37cinema02