Bookings opened this week for the sixth edition of the Into Film Festival, the World’s largest free cinema event for children and young people.

Developed again with the full support of the UK cinema sector, the Festival provides opportunities for children and young people to see a broad range of films, with many enjoying the big screen experience for the very first time.

The Festival, which will see nearly 3,000 free screenings and special events featuring 150 films and screening in 550 venues  across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will run from 7-23 November. open  across the UK on November 7 with simultaneous ‘pupil  premieres’. As well as BFI National Lottery funding, the event received significant financial support from the cross-industry cinema body Cinema First, as well as in-kind support from a wide range of cinema operators and film distributors.

Commenting on the Festival, Into Film CEO Paul Reeve said:

“We are incredibly proud of the Into Film Festival. With the fantastic support of the UK film industry, this event reached  487,000 children, young people and their educators last year.  We look forward to welcoming schools, teachers and pupils again in 2018, and enabling them to experience the magic of cinema.”

Phil Clapp, Board member of Cinema First and CEO, UK Cinema Association, added:

“The UK cinema industry is immensely proud to support the Into Film Festival. This wonderful event provides a unique opportunity for audience development, engaging and introducing many young people for the first time to the magic of the big screen experience.”