About Us & Our Partners

The Children’s Cinema Club is an imaginative and ambitious nationwide initiative to find the best of independent children’s films from across the international community and bring those works to UK family audiences.

The Children’s Cinema Club is led by UK distributor Soda Pictures. It is created with support from the BFI (British Film Institute), awarding funds from the National Lottery.

A range of partners support the Children’s Cinema Club and comprise film specialists, programmers, support agencies and staff at children’s film festivals.

Our Partners

The BFI helps people of all ages to understand and enjoy film by running events and courses at BFI Southbank and encouraging new audiences into the world of specialist, independent and archive. For children, families, young people and teachers the BFI offers formal and informal education activity at BFI Southbank, the Film Education Scheme 2013-2017 delivered to 5-19s UK-wide by Into Film, and the BFI Film Academy and Future Film for young people interested in careers in the film industry.

The BFI also provides film industry statistics and reports as well as, at BFI Southbank, free access at the BFI Reuben Library to a huge collection of books, journals, documents and audio recordings spanning the history of cinema.

BFI website.

Birds Eye View showcases and explores the outstanding contribution of women film practitioners to cinema. An annual film festival delivers the best of international creative vision to audiences across the UK.

Birds Eye View website.

A partnership between the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Screen Archive South East and the University of Brighton delivering a year-round programme of film and moving image events, screenings and exhibitions and the annual CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival, the region’s major celebration of film.

Patrons include Nick Cave, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, John Hillcoat and Henry Normal.

CINECITY celebrated the 12th edition of the festival in November 2014 with the very best in international cinema and a global mix of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive, retrospectives, free education screenings and events, talks and debates.

“eclectic and imaginative.” The Guardian

CINECITY website.

The Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People, based in Belfast is an award winning festival that embraces the magic of film, television and digital technologies to educate, motivate and inspire young people.

Established in 1989, Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children and young people’s programming.  It is also recognised for its ability to engage young people, stimulate discussion on social issues and provide opportunities to learn from leading film industry professionals.

Designed for and by young people, the Cinemagic programme caters for 4 – 25 year olds through an array of preview screenings, an international programme of world cinema, workshops for schools, themed film events, Q&A sessions, a Young Filmmaker Competition, a Festival Jury and Masterclasses in various aspects of filmmaking. Our goal is to help inspire the next generation of cinema audiences.

Cinemagic website.

Films and seasons aimed at young audiences curated and managed by Birmingham-based Flatpack.

In additional to an annual festival Flatpack produces its own projects and provides guest programming for others throughout the year. Recent collaborators have included Home of Metal, Green Man Festival, First Light, Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Independent Cinema Office. The Flatpack Festival takes over venues across Birmingham every March. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).

Flatpack website.

Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences, the Discovery Film Festival is now in its eleventh year. Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world that have been specially programmed for young audiences.

The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools.

Discovery aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures. The festival has been running since 2004 when it was started as partnership with Dundee Education Development Department, Scottish Screen and DCA.

The festival works with partner venues in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Fife, and the Highlands and Islands to bring a selection of films from the Discovery programme to new audiences across Scotland.

Discovery Film Festival is a DCA project and is organised by Mike Tait, Festival Producer and Cinema Youth Development Officer. A team of Young Ambassadors (aged 15-18) work with the Festival Producer to programme films and advise on the overall design of the festival. A team of teachers and education consultants advise on the education programme and create Curriculum for Excellence relevant resources for classes visiting the festival.

Discovery Film Festival website.

Framed Film Club is the new year-round programme of film and learning for young people taking place every Saturday morning. Curated and managed by the team at the Barbican.

A Grade II listed building, the Barbican is Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue and one of London’s best examples of Brutalist architecture. The Barbican’s year-round programme includes theatre, film, art, dance, learning and music.

Barbican website.

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the national support organisation for independent exhibitors of all kinds, including cinemas, film festivals and film societies.

The ICO acts as programming advisors, distributors, consultants, development agents, and providers of training and other services. The organisation has spent almost a decade developing successful models in this sector, building capacity to bring a wider range of films to a wider range of audiences. It works in association with independent cinemas, film festivals, film societies and national agencies.

ICO website.

Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK.

Into Film is a new charity born from the legacy of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light.

Both organisations had considerable experience in delivering film-based programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.

Into Film embraces a model that uses insight from the experience of the two founding organisations and their networks and partnerships developed over the last decade. It recognises and understands the challenges involved in working across the different levels of education, film infrastructure and provision across the nations and regions. Its operating structure harnesses the legacy of skills, expertise and capacity to successfully operate in a new funding universe and a changed economic climate, to generate innovation, and to evolve and respond to changes in technology, infrastructure, curricula and practice.

Into Film embarks on its programme with one overriding mission: to put film at the heart of children and young people’s learning and cultural experience in the UK.

Into Film website

Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model and provide cinemas that serve their communities in city-centre locations. Picturehouse Cinemas is now the leading independent cinema operator with 20 sites and is the fourth largest cinema circuit in the UK.

Independent, art-house and foreign-language films are central to the company’s business and each of the Picturehouse sites is programmed in response to its local audience.

The company’s theatrical distribution arm; Picturehouse Entertainment, was launched in 2010 with the aim of releasing up to six feature films every year and has since distributed an eclectic range of theatrical releases, including Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley’s simultaneous multi-platform release A Field in England, and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek. Picturehouse Entertainment also distributes a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally.

Picturehouse Cinemas website.

A UK-based film distributor of art house, independent and world cinema. Established in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher.

The company releases over 20 feature films a year and has a library of over 200 films from all corners of the world.

Soda Pictures website.

Zoom Cymru targets some of the most economically and socially deprived communities in Wales and promotes and supports social inclusion among children and young people aged between 8 and 25 by developing creative collaborations between communities, learning providers and the film and media industry.

Zoom creates access to the film and digital media industries for children young people through workshops, masterclasses screenings, production, education, networking and outreach activities and is host to the Zoom International Youth Film Festival – the largest film event in Wales for children and young people. 

Zoom aims to provide a voice for young people, promoting learning and raising achievement in film and media making for, with and by young people in Wales and Internationally. Zoom Cymru is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. 

Zoom Cymru website.

The Children’s Cinema Club is an imaginative and ambitious nationwide initiative to find the best of independent children’s films from across the international community and bring those works to UK family audiences.

The Children’s Cinema Club is led by UK distributor Soda Pictures. It is created with support from the BFI (British Film Institute), awarding funds from the National Lottery.

A range of partners support the Children’s Cinema Club and comprise film specialists, programmers, support agencies and staff at children’s film festivals.

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