Pupils get animated over free film screenings

P1 pupils from Dalintober Primary School settling down to watch their free screening.
P1 pupils from Dalintober Primary School settling down to watch their free screening.

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Pupils from Dalintober and Glenbarr primary schools enjoyed free screenings from a choice of two hit animated movies thanks to leading UK film charity Into Film.

The youngsters were treated to private screenings of Angry Birds 2 or Horrible Histories at Campbeltown Picture House last week as part of Into Film’s annual film festival – the largest youth-focused film festival in the world.

The festival takes place across the UK but, with many cinemas closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Kintyre youngsters were among the lucky few able to benefit as Campbeltown Picture House remains open.

Each class at Dalintober attended an individual screening, and there was a separate showing for Glenbarr’s pupils, to ensure students remained within their class ‘bubbles’ for social distancing purposes.

Dalintober’s P1 to P4 classes, as well as pupils from Glenbarr, opted to watch Angry Birds 2, while the P5 to P7 classes chose Horrible Histories.

The schools made the trips non-uniform as part of their Children In Need fundraising, meaning pupils dressed up or down for the showings – there were quite a few cosy onesies. Their fundraising efforts realised a combined £468.

Into Film typically runs a number of workshops and events to coincide with its free screenings but, as that was not possible this year, it provided teachers with lots of examples of curricular links instead.

These covered a range of activities connected to the films that could be worked on either before or after the screenings, including modelling characters from the movies.

Caroline Armour, head teacher at Dalintober and Glenbarr, said: ‘We are delighted to continue working in partnership with Into Film again this year and are so grateful to it for providing the opportunity for all classes in Dalintober and Glenbarr primaries to attend private screenings at Campbeltown Picture House.

‘The children – and staff – thoroughly enjoyed their visits and the linked curricular activities that were also provided. A huge thank you to all involved in bringing a little bit of magic to our schools in recent weeks.’

Celia Small, Into Film Festival executive, said: ‘Into Film Scotland is so pleased that  it was able to host these screenings for schools in November. Many teachers point out that the social and wellbeing benefits of the cinema experience are particularly important right now. So, while these screenings help us put film at the heart of children and young people’s education, there are so many other benefits too.

‘We couldn’t have done this without the support of our amazing film industry partners, especially the cinemas which created a safe and fun environment.’