NI children enjoy premiere of Grinch as Into Film Festival opens

The Into Film Festival kicked off in Belfast today with schoolchildren from Northern Ireland taking part in a UK-wide “Pupil Premiere” of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.

The world’s largest, free, youth film festival opened this week (November 7) with simultaneous premieres held in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester ahead of the film’s release in cinemas across the UK on 9th November. At each premiere, young audiences across the UK got into the festive spirit by bringing donations for their local foodbanks in a bid to give ‘the gift of kindness’ and not be ‘a Grinch’ this Christmas.

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.  Funny, heart-warming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the redemptive power of kindness and the true spirit of Christmas.

Now in its sixth phenomenally successful year, having welcomed nearly half a million Primary and Secondary students and their teachers in 2017, the festival returns to Northern Ireland more than 90 events in 34 different venues ranging from local cinemas, a farm and Queen’s University Sonic Lab.

The Festival, which runs until November 23, uses the magic of film to engage young minds in a broad range of topics.

 “The Festival is an exciting opportunity to bring young people together to explore the best movies and to show how film can be used as an excellent educational tool to help children learn, increase literacy and develop their creativity,” explained Sean Kelly of Into Film in Northern Ireland.

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