Frequently Asked Questions
What is Into Film?
Into Film is an organisation established by leading film education charities First Light and FILMCLUB, we work across all four nations of the UK and have staff based in each nation, as well as three regional offices in England.
Into Film seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development. Our UK-wide programme of learning through and about film provides 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine.
Our programme includes film clubs, filmmaking, learning resources, CPD, industry interactions and the annual Into Film Festival. You can find more detail on the full programme on our main site.
Membership of the organisation is free for state-funded schools and organisations working with 5-19 year olds across the UK. By joining Into Film, you gain access to over 4000 film titles, learning resources, CPD and dedicated regional and national support.
Teachers, youth leaders or others working with 5-19 year olds can join Into Film. Children and young people cannot join directly, but can be registered as members of clubs once their school or youth organisation has set up an account.
How can I join?
If you would like to sign up, join here. All you need to do is provide details of your school, library or youth group — it takes just a few minutes.
To access our full programme you will also need to complete an Into Film Agreement, once we have received this we will set you up with an Amazon LOVEFiLM by Post account.
Where does Into Film work?
Into Film is funded to work across all four nations of the UK and has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The film club offer is the same in each nation, however broader work e.g. resources and CPD is tailored to the educational priorities in each country. You can find out more about the work of each nation on the main Into Film site.
What if I teach at a Welsh-medium school? / Beth os ydw i’n gweithio mean Ysgol cyfrwng Cymraeg?
Mae Into Film Cymru, sy'n gweithio o Gaerdydd, yn darparu gwasanaeth cyfrwng Cymraeg a gellir cynnal clwb a defnyddio adnoddau Into Film mewn ysgolion cyfrwng Cymraeg. Darperir ffilmiau cyfrwng Cymraeg ar ein catalog, adnoddau dwyieithog I gyd-fynd a datblygiadau'r cwricwlwm yng Nghymru, digwyddiadau yn ymwneud a'r diwydiant yn Gymraeg, DPP I athrawon drwy gyfrwg y Gymraeg a ry'n ni'n croesawu adolygiadau ffilm a ffilmiau gan bobl ifanc yn Gymraeg. I wybod mwy, cysylltwch a firstname.lastname@example.org
Into Film Cymru works with Welsh-medium schools and provides services in both Welsh and English. Schools in Wales can take advantage of the Welsh medium films available on the catalogue, download our tailored bilingual resources designed to complement curriculum developments in Wales, host Welsh-medium industry visits and hold Welsh-medium CPD training at their schools. Into Film also encourages its members to submit Welsh-medium reviews and films in Welsh by young people. To find out more, email email@example.com
My school is not state-funded, can we start a film club?
Yes you can. However, there is an annual fee applicable because our funding only covers work with state-funded schools and organisations. If you would like more information please use the Contact Us form.
I run a youth group, can I start a film club?
Yes, you can set up a film club at your youth group as long as you work with 5-19 year olds who do not have to pay fees to attend. Example organisations include youth clubs, libraries and community organisations.
You can go through the registration process here. You will need to input your organisation's details. We may need to verify your organisation so please allow 7-10 days for your account to be set up.
If you would like more information please use the contact us form.
I am a parent at a school, can I run a film club on their behalf?
Yes. You can go through the usual registration process above, registering all of the club details to the school address.
Please read this Easy Guide for Parents that we produced through our partnership with PTA-UK. If you have any other questions, please get in touch.
I home educate my children. Can we get involved?
You can register with us to download resources and attend the Into Film Festival. You can subscribe for updates on our programme here and for the film festival here. If you're interested in getting access to additional resources please register here. You can also watch short films via our YouTube channel.
However, we are unable to offer you a film club as we can't register DVD accounts to residential addresses.
My school/youth group might already have a film club, but I don’t know for sure. Can I still sign up?
Yes, but we recommend that you get in touch with us first so we can check if there are any clubs at your school/organisation already. Please use the Contact Us form stating which school/organisation and providing your postcode, and someone will get back to you, or you can call us on 0330 313 7600.
If you go through the sign-up process and you get a message stating that there are duplicate clubs at this address that means that there is, or previously has been, a film club there. Please get in touch so we can then verify your new club.
I don’t have time/resources/facilities to set up a film club. Can I still sign up for your offer or use your website?
Yes! You can still set up an account if you just want to access other parts of our programme e.g. resources, CPD or the Into Film Festival. Please register as normal here and then get in touch with us to let us know what you are interested in so we can make a note of it on your account.
If you choose not to set up an account, you can still browse the site, read reviews and download resources. You will need to log in to access some of our resources and content.
You can find out about the other parts of our programme on our main site.
Can I use the films during normal lesson time/assemblies/youth club sessions?
We have a range of learning resources, many of which are curriculum-linked across all four nations of the UK, which teachers and youth workers can download for free.
These are innovative resources featuring activities that can be cherry-picked and adapted to suit your needs. Many resources include clips, meaning you do not necessarily need to use the full film. You can access our resources here.
You can borrow DVDs from us to use alongside our resources or for other teaching. To do so, you need to register with us here and complete an Into Film Agreement so we can set you up with a DVD account.
We also have a programme of CPD and training that can assist you to use film in learning. Find out more on our CPD homepage or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register an interest in this.
Can children and young people get involved with Into Film?
5-19 year olds are mainly involved through membership of a film club or use of our learning resources. Through their film clubs they can submit reviews on the website and there are additional opportunities like becoming a member of the Youth Advisory Council or joining the Young Reporter Programme. Children and young people also attend the Into Film Festival in November every year.
We do not currently offer opportunities for work experience.
We also have a YouTube channel created by 13-19 year olds. Have a look and let us know what you think!
Is there any support available for children and young people with additional support needs?
I’ve created a club. Now what do I do?
Shortly after you register you will receive a welcome email from your Programme Coordinator. They will be able to support you on an on-going basis and will be happy to answer any questions or queries that you have. In the meantime, you can contact them by clicking Contact coordinator once you are logged in.
If you haven't already watched the induction videos then you can start there. You can view these by logging in to your account and scrolling down. They are on the right hand side just below the status wheel. These are helpfully divided into short videos so you can watch as and when you need to.
You will need to add at least 20 DVDs to your order list for deliveries to start. Please watch the second induction video: ordering and watching films for more information. Please also watch clubs: review writing for literacy to find out how members can review and gain valuable literacy skills at the same time. You will need to return an Into Film Agreement form before you can receive any DVDs.
We also have a brilliant Getting Started Guide that outlines the first steps you should take to get going such as promoting your club and ordering films.
What can I do if I’ve forgotten my password?
All you need to do is go to the LOGIN button at the top right of the page and click on the link Forgot Username or Password and enter the email you registered with.
You will then receive an email containing a link which you can follow to reset your password. If you don't receive this email, check your junk folder or Contact Us. Or you can call us directly on 0330 313 7600 and ask to speak to your Programme Coordinator.
How can I add a new or second leader to my club?
Contact your Programme Coordinator, providing the name and email address of the new or second leader and they will be able to do this for you.
Can I set up a second film club in my school?
Yes. You can set up a second film club in your school for a different age group by contacting your Programme Coordinator or emailing us via the Contact Us form.
How do I choose films?
The main place to find films on the website is through Choose Films in the top navigation bar. Here you can search through topics or browse through the whole catalogue by clicking on the Browse link.
If you know what it is you're after you can use the basic search box, enter the title - and hopefully we'll have it available. Otherwise you can browse using a range of filters including genre, age and certification.
There are special categories of films to help you decide which films to screen, including curriculum areas, genres and calendar days.
If you would like suggestions we can happily recommend films suitable to your age group.
How do I order films?
To order films you need to be logged in.
You can order films by searching for the films you wish to screen and then clicking on the green ORDER button. If a film does not have an order button it means that it is unavailable for order through our catalogue, but your members can still write reviews of it.
You might notice that some films are only available by emailing email@example.com - this is because they are only available via our smaller Into Film office library. You can also access this library if there is something specific you would like at a given time. If so, please contact your Programme Coordinator to request it.
How do we get the films we choose?
Once you have ordered at least 20 films, three DVDs will be posted out by our partner Amazon LOVEFiLM by Post. You are entitled to three films at a time and you will receive more DVDs as you return the ones you have. See I have a schedule of films I would like to show. Can you guarantee which films will be delivered next? for more information.
Please remember to keep your order list topped up to 20 at any time, otherwise deliveries might be delayed.
You can also rank films as 'high priority' which means that they will be sent out as soon as they are available. If there is something that you want at a specific time, please contact us and we will let you know if we have it available from our smaller in-house library.
Once you have watched them use the envelope provided to send them back, or if you no longer have an envelope you can return them free in an ordinary envelope to:
LOVEFiLM UK Limited
If your film has been sent from the Into Film office library (it will have a FILMCLUB branded label on the disc) please return it to:
31 Islington Green
What if the film I want is not on your catalogue?
If the film you want isn't here, it's likely it is either an 18 certificate (which we do not make available to our members) or is not currently available on DVD in the UK.
But if there's a film that you think should be available to club members through our site and isn't, please do let us know via the Contact Us form.
Can you add new films to the site on request?
We do receive a lot of requests to add films to the site but unfortunately we cannot always satisfy these requests. However you can email your suggestion to us via the contact us form and it will be forwarded to the film programming team.
What do the film classifications mean?
The following information is from the BBFC (British Board of Film Classifications). More information is available on the BBFC website.
'U' - Universal. It is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child. But a 'U' film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over. U films should be set within a positive moral framework and should offer reassuring counterbalances to any violence, threat or horror.
'PG' - Parental Guidance. General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. Unaccompanied children of any age may watch. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However adults are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children.
'12/12A' - Suitable for 12 years and over. No one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult.
'15' - Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 may see a 15 film in a cinema.
'E' - indicates that the distributor believes the work to be exempt from classification. Into Film use the 'E' certificate to identify films that have not been formally certified by the BBFC. In most cases these are short films made by amateur filmmakers or films that are not in UK distribution. All 'E' certificate films on the Into Film catalogue have been given an age-rating to guide members towards what age range the film is suitable for e.g. 5+, 7+, 11+, 14+, 16+.
What do your age ratings mean?
All our films have an age rating to let you know whether a film is likely to be suitable for the children and young people in your club. This isn't the same as a BBFC certificate, which is there to tell you what kind of content a film features and whether the BBFC feel it is safe for a particular audience. The Into Film age rating takes that information into account, but also factors in whether we think your club members are likely to actually find the film rewarding, engaging and entertaining. It's not a scientific process - as you know, what one ten year old (or five year old or eighteen year old!) will enjoy is very different to what another might - but we hope it will give you a useful guide as to whether a film is likely to be right for the children and young people in your club.
The Age Ratings we suggest are:
5+ Suitable for ages 5 and up. This is usually U and some more gentle PG certificated films.
7+ Suitable for ages 7 and up. This is largely U and PG certificated films.
9+ Suitable for ages 9 and up. This is largely U and PG certificated films.
11+ Suitable for ages 11 and up. This is largely PG certificated films and more gentle 12 certificate films.
14+ Suitable for ages 14 and up. This is largely 12 and 15 certificates. Note a 12 is a DVD rating, 12A refers to an in Cinema rating. In some cases U or PG films may be suggested as 14+, this is either because the film is from an earlier period when certification was less robust or, that we believe a film is maybe too complex or experimental for a younger audience to enjoy.
16+ Suitable for ages 16 and up. This is largely 15 certificates that we think are too extreme in content for anyone under 16 despite the 15 rating. It can also refer to some more complex or experimental PG or 12 certificate films from earlier periods.
You can find detailed information on all films that BBFC rate on BBFCinsight.
If you’d like to know how we curate our catalogue you can get more information here.
If you need any further guidance on classification generally, or about a single film in particular, please Contact Us.
How do I sign up members to my film club and how do they write reviews?
To sign your members up to your film club so they can login and write reviews you need your unique Club Code, which you can find on your club page by clicking on Manage My Club. NB: You will need to be logged in to see these pages. The Club Code always begins CC and can be found underneath the map.
When your members have the Club Code they will need to go to the LOGIN button and enter the code in the field marked 'Got a Club Code'?
You can do this altogether in a group in a booked out computer room or from home. If you have younger children you might want to create their log-ins for them.
They will then be asked for some details: title, first name, last name, date of birth and gender. They do not have to provide their email address. Then they must create a unique username and password. They will then be taken straight to their very own club page.
We recommend keeping a note of their details as they are regularly forgotten! Members can also use their membership cards to record the details.
Your members can then write a review by searching for the film they are interested in and then clicking on 'Write Review'.
If you have any problems with any of this or need any further assistance you can always Contact Us.
How do I announce a screening to members?
Log in, and on your Manage my club page, click Announcements in the black header.
This will take you to a page called Manage announcements. Click on New screening. The Create screening box below will appear.
In the Film title box, start writing the name of the film you'll be screening, and click on the correct film title from the dropdown box that appears as you type. Add a tagline (to get your members interested), and all other screening details, plus a description, and click Save.
You can create, edit or remove all your screenings and announcements on your Manage announcements page.
In the 'Film title' box, start writing the name of the film you'll be screening, and click on the correct film title from the dropdown box that appears as you type. Add a tagline to get your members interested, and all other screening details, plus a description, and click 'Save'.
You can create, edit or remove all your screenings and announcements on your 'Manage announcements' page.
How do my members see details of future film screenings at my club?
Once you have created a screening announcement (see the FAQ How do I announce a screening to my members?) your members will see the next film screening, and all the details you included, on their My Film Club page in the Coming soon to my club box:
(Click the image or here to enlarge the image and see how your members will see future screenings announced on their page.)
Your members will also see past film screenings in their Reviews I have to write box, and Recent films watched at my club box, and a summary of any other future screenings and announcements in their Stuff happening at my club box.
How do I announce a screening to my members but keep the film title a secret?
Just create the screening announcement as usual (see the FAQ How do I announce a screening to my members) but when you are filling in all the details, make sure you tick the Secret screening box.
Your members will still see all the details except the film title - so be cryptic in your tagline and description!
(Click the image or here to enlarge the image and see how your members will see any 'secret' screenings.)
The film title will be revealed to your members after the date of the screening has passed.
Can I be sure that my students will not be exposed to bad language in reviews?
All reviews are screened for inappropriate language by an automated filter as they are uploaded. This filter picks up and blocks over 100 common swear words. Unfortunately the inventiveness of many children's minds means they can sometimes get a swear word through, however as we read all reviews weekly these are then picked up, and subsequently added to the swear filter.
Any language likely to cause offence is removed immediately once read.
If you see something offensive please report this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a schedule of films I would like to show. Can you guarantee which films will be delivered next?
Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee which title you will receive next as this is dependent on Amazon LOVEFILM's stock levels. However, you can prioritise your orders by visiting your order list and clicking on view all. Here you can mark your films as low, medium or high. If you are very keen to show a specific film, do let us know by emailing email@example.com and we may be able to send a copy from our small in-house library.
I've lost my return envelope. Can I still send my films back?
All you need to do is pop the films into an envelope and send them free of charge to Amazon LOVEFiLM at:
LOVEFiLM UK Limited
If your film has been sent from the Into Film In-house library (it will have a FILMCLUB branded label on the disc) please return it to:
31 Islington Green
What do I do if any of the DVDs are faulty?
We recommend trying DVDs as soon as they arrive, and if they are faulty, tick the appropriate box on the envelope and send them back. When Amazon LOVEFiLM receives a faulty disc, they will send you a new film and take the damaged DVD out of circulation. If the time frame is too tight for you to receive a new DVD from Amazon LOVEFiLM please contact your Programme Coordinator - they will be able to send you a title from our own library to tide you over.
Can I charge an entry fee for my film club or organise one as a fundraiser?
Unfortunately, due to the terms of the licence you are not allowed to charge for entrance to the film club. However, some clubs charge a nominal fee for drinks and snacks.
Clubs sometimes run one-off fundraising activities such as movie marathons and dress-up events. For more information and ideas contact your Programme Coordinator.
What do I do if the films on MANAGE MY FILMS don't match what we have at school?
We work very closely with Amazon LOVEFiLM to ensure that you have three films at any time. On occasion a film may not make it to your club so please do let us know! You can either contact your Programme Coordinator through the website or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort things out for you.
Once you have reported DVDs missing you will be sent new films within one month but do let us know if that doesn't happen. Please do note though that if you have recently told us that films are missing, it can take up to two months for this to show on your films page - but you can rest assured that the films have been removed from Amazon LOVEFiLM. Any questions on film deliveries can go to your designated Programme Coordinator by clicking on the CONTACT COORDINATOR button on Manage my Club.
Remember, we have our in-house library as back-up in case you are having issues with deliveries.
Do you have a FREEPOST address?
Yes, we do:
31 Islington Green
London N1 8DU
What if I can't order a film on the website?
If a film has a 'Currently Unavailable' tag on its page that means unfortunately the title is available to review only, due to licensing restrictions. However if this tag is not there and you still can't see a green order button please contact your Programme Coordinator or email email@example.com to see if the film is available through our own in-house library.
We also put new films onto our site to review as soon as they are released in cinemas, so it's possible that the film you are looking for has not yet been released on DVD!
Do I require a licence to screen films?
Yes. If you are showing films from the Into Film catalogue in a film club that doesn’t run during school curriculum time is classed as entertainment and you require a Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL) which runs from 1 April – 31 March for schools and 1 May – 30 April for non-school settings e.g. youth clubs, libraries.
A PVSL is the only licence that covers all titles on our catalogue so please ensure you have this licence. Your school may also have an MPLC Umbrella Licence but please note that this covers films that we do not currently feature in our collection.
In England, all state-funded schools are provided both of the licences mentioned above by the Department for Education. More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/copyright-licences-information-for-schools.
In Northern Ireland, DCAL funds licences for schools in the extended schools programme. All other schools and groups, across the UK, will need to purchase a licence through Filmbank. More information is available on the Filmbank website.
Licences for schools are based on school roll (size), whereas licences for non-school settings are based on the size of the group e.g. how many are in your film club.
What equipment do we need to run a film club?
Ideally you will have a DVD player (or computer that plays DVDs), a projector, a screen, and a sound system suitable for groups. If you need to discuss any technical issues, please get in touch with us.
If you want advice on filmmaking equipment please get in touch with your Programme Coordinator who can give you advice, based on your requirements and budget. If you have tablets, smartphones or flip cameras, these can all be perfect filmmaking tools and we can give you advice on how to get the most out of them.
Do you have any grants available for equipment?
Unfortunately not. Fundraising events are a great way to raise some money to get some equipment. Why not try a sponsored film watching marathon or sell refreshments and snacks at your club to raise some funds?
Can we make films at our club?
Of course! We would love to see you making films at your club. If you are interested in filmmaking, we have a range of resources to support you available here, and your Programme Coordinator can also give you lots of useful advice to get you started.
We have a Film of the Month competition that schools can enter with any films they have made that month. This is a great way to share your films with other schools, as well as win great prizes!
Contact your Programme Coordinator for more details.
How can I get more advice on running a film club?
The best advice comes from other film club leaders, which is why we have a Messageboard. Once logged in, click on Manage my club in the top right corner, then Messageboard on the black bar.
We have also created this great Getting Started Guide. If you have any questions once you’ve read that please get in touch with your Programme Coordinator.
How can I get someone from the film industry to visit my school/club?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a form to complete to register your interest.
In-school visits are dependent on what links we have with the industry at any given time, so we cannot guarantee these for all clubs.
We also upload content from visits and events so that you can watch these with your club. Have a look online here.
We have also created a great careers resource for primary-aged children that you could use in your club to create further awareness of jobs within the film industry.
Are there screenings or events that we can attend?
The annual Into Film Festival hosts hundreds of free screenings at cinemas all across the UK in November, open to all groups that include 5-19 year olds.
As well as the festival, we have ad hoc screenings and events. Opportunities for these are sent out in the newsletter once you are signed up.
What other benefits can I get from Into Film?
Into Film will support you, and colleagues, to use film as a learning tool through our curriculum-linked resources available here.
You can now access free CPD and training to support you using film in the classroom. Visit this page for more details or contact your Programme Coordinator.
We also support filmmaking in film clubs – see the FAQ above about filmmaking.
Once you are signed up you will receive a regular newsletter from us so please keep an eye out for that so you are aware of all our resources and special events!
Start a Film Club and your school can host screenings of the world's finest films.