World’s biggest youth film festival comes to Newry

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Monday, September 10th, 2018
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Newry is one of the locations as the world’s biggest youth film festival visits Northern Ireland on November 7-23, with 21,677 free places available for film screenings and events for 5-19 year-olds.

Bookings are now open for the sixth Into Film Festival 2018, which is open to schools, colleges, youth leaders and home educators.



This year the Omniplex in Newry is showing A Wrinkle in Time, Coco and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

The Festival uses the magic of film to engage young minds in a broad range of topics. This year it will host 98 events in 34 different venues all over Northern Ireland; for programme details and to book free tickets visit

Held right across the UK, the festival will welcome an estimated audience of almost half a million young people and their educators offering a packed and varied programme, many linked to subjects in the curriculum.

The annual celebration of film and education is made possible through a wide collaboration with the UK cinema industry and funding from Northern Ireland Screen, Cinemagic, Nerve Centre and support from the BFI through Lottery funding and Cinema First.

The Festival takes place throughout the UK as part of an on-going initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.  With support from all the major UK cinema chains and a variety of other venues, the Festival provides access to the big screen at its best.

The Festival opens on November 7 with simultaneous pupil premieres of Illumination’s The Grinch, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, London and Manchester.



Additional pupil premieres in Northern Ireland include Cannes Palme D’Or winner Shoplifters and lovable, Christmas caper, Nativity Rocks.  The programme ranges from indie titles to popular classics to engage young minds in a broad range of topics from foreign language films, documentaries, animation, classics and hidden gems from the archive.

Screenings will be held across Northern Ireland including: Belfast, Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Bangor, Lisburn, Banbridge, Coleraine, Carrickfergus, Glengormley, Larne, Maghera, Dungannon and Portstewart.

Highlights from this year’s programme in Northern Ireland include:

  • The Ark Farm will show The Zoo
  • Cartoon Saloon’s award-winning The Breadwinner with a talk from director Nora Twomey
  • The Greatest Showman with jugglers and stilt walkers performing
  • Tying in with Digital Cities Festival (BBC) there will be a VR event with Ready Player One in Queen’s University Sonic Arts Lab with a talk about virtual reality
  • Talks by a journalist from Empire Magazine on film reviewing
  • Love Movies will give a piracy talk
  • A Prosthetics workshop
  • A screening of Wonder with a talk about bullying and mental health



Accessibility and inclusivity are key aims of the Festival with over half of the programme offered as audio-described, subtitled or autism-friendly.

For programme information, to book tickets and download resources visit



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