Carey Mulligan, Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Sheen lend support to schools' film festival

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Major film stars including Carey Mulligan, Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Sheen are backing the Into Film festival this year.

The Into Film festival is the world’s largest film festival for pupils and teachers. Supported by TES, it invites 450,000 primary and secondary children to participate in watching and making films.

The event, which will be held between 4 and 20 November in 520 cinemas around the country, will include preview screenings, film-making workshops and question-and-answer sessions with industry experts. These will all be accompanied by teaching resources.

Tickets are now available for more than 2,700 screenings of more than 150 films, held around the country. These will include the documentary film He Named Me Malala, about Nobel Peace Prize winner and recent GCSE-result recipient Malala Yousafzai, as well as Steve Jobs, Danny Boyle’s biopic about the Apple founder.

New drama Suffragette is also among the films to be screened. Carey Mulligan, one of the film’s all-star cast, said that the Into Film festival offered pupils a great opportunity to learn more about the film industry.

“Film is an amazing learning tool,” she said. “It enables people to understand more about events, history, society and much more. And it also brings people together and encourages discussion. There are so many great conversations you can have about different topics and issues after watching a film together.”

Actor Sir Ian McKellen, best known to pupils for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, agreed that education should include an introduction to new topics and new ideas.

Michael Sheen, known for playing former prime minister Tony Blair on multiple occasions, including in the award-winning film The Queen, is an ambassador of Into Film, the education charity behind the festival.

He said: “The Into Film festival is a great thing for young people to go to as, together with their peers, they can sit in a cinema watching a whole range of films – films that they usually wouldn’t have access to.”

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