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Bookings now open for the world's largest free film festival

The festival will launch with the new climate change documentary 2040

THOUSANDS of young people from schools and film clubs are to be given access to more than 80 screenings for this year's Into Film Festival.

The world's largest free film festival, which takes place from November 6-22, will launch this year with the new climate change documentary 2040 in the Queen's Film Theatre and Newcastle Community Cinema.

The first film aimed at young audiences to offer a hopeful response to youth `eco-anxiety' will play simultaneously at cinemas across the UK and will include support from celebrity guests and a network of Greenpeace speakers.

The filmmaker is award-winning Australian actor, writer and director Damon Gameau, who embarks on a journey to explore what the world will be like in the year 2040 when his four-year-old daughter Velvet is an adult.

Sean Kelly of Into Film in Northern Ireland said it was appropriate that the opening film addressed the issue of climate change.

"This is a hugely important issue for young people and we have seen the impact that young eco-campaigners such as Greta Thunberg have had on the global debate on climate change," he said.

"The packed programme includes many other films designed to stimulate learning and also to entertain."

Last year 12,500 schoolchildren attended screenings in Northern Ireland and this year 20 towns and cities are involved.

All screenings are specially chosen by education charity Into Film to allow teachers to address a host of themes and topics across the curriculum and pupils are encouraged to enter the annual Into Film Festival film review writing competition to promote literacy through film.

:: For programme information, to sign up for priority bookings, book tickets and download resources visit: www.intofilm.org/iff19bookings.

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