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World's largest youth film festival set to break records

Ready for launch as the Into Film Festival blasts off on November 6. Pictured are St Catherine's College Armagh teacher Kerry Nesbitt with Into Film’s Lorraine Magee and Year 12 pupils Ciara Guy, Louise Grimley and Kacey Quigley

TWO thirds of tickets for this year's Into Film Festival - the world's largest free film extravaganza for young people - have already been snapped up.

Schools, film clubs and parents have been signing up to the more than 80 free screenings taking place in 20 towns and cities across Northern Ireland during the festival from November 6-22.

Out of the 19,000 places, a total of 12,000 tickets have been allocated leaving 7,000 places still available for some of the most iconic youth films of recent times.

All screenings are specially chosen by education charity Into Film to allow teachers to address a wide selection of themes and topics across the curriculum.

Pupils are encouraged to enter the annual Into Film Festival film review writing competition to promote literacy through film.

Sean Kelly from Into Film in Northern Ireland said the response had been incredible.

"It is fantastic that thousands of young people will be given free exposure to this great medium and will be stimulated by the issues and themes of the movies on show. We still have thousands of tickets available so we encourage people to sign up," he said.

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

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