Bookings have opened for the 2019 edition of the Into Film Festival, the World’s largest free film festival for children and young people.

Supported by a wide range of UK cinema operators as well as colleagues across the film distribution, the Festival – which is funded by the cross-industry body Cinema First – last year saw over 439,000 children, young people and teachers attend 2,545 film screenings at 550 cinema sites across the UK. the hope is that the 2019 edition – which takes place from 6-22 November will match or even exceed those numbers.

The UK Cinema Association strongly believes that the Festival, which introduces many children and young people to the big screen experience for the very first time, can play an important role in helping to build the cinema audiences of tomorrow. The support of side a wide and diverse range of Association members, from sites run by the largest circuit companies to many smaller operators, is therefore hugely impressive.

This year’s Festival will launch this year on 6 November with an environmentally-themed cross-UK opening event supported by Greenpeace and UNICEF. Simultaneous pupil premieres of new climate change documentary 2040  will take place across 40 locations with a live-streamed Q&A with director Damon Gameau.

Other currently-planned Festival highlights include workshops with Film City Futures, Bait Studios and Oxfam; Q&As with Meeting Gorbachev filmmaker Andre Singer, Dirty God lead actor Vicky Knight and A Deal with the Universe director Jason Barker; and many other collaborations with organisations such as CineCity, Framestore, Guide Dogs UK, BBFC, Wee Critters and more.

Other pupil premieres include Biggest Little Farm, Welsh language film Deian a loli, animation Abominable and African super-hero movie Supa Modo, with further highlights including On the Basis of Sex, Wizard of Oz,Apollo 11, Rocketman and Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans.

More information on the Festival – and how to book – can be found here.