A FILM festival designed for school children and teachers is staging free screenings in Ambleside and Kendal next month.

The Into Film Festival welcomed almost half a million movie-goers last year. This year Zeffirellis cinema in Ambleside will be screening a double bill of Julia Donaldson's much-loved animations Stick Man and The Highway Rat; Faces, Places, a documentary about a film-maker travelling around rural France with a street artist; and Every Day, about a high school student who falls for a mysterious spirit.

Kendal's Brewery will be showing the documentary Eagle Huntress, the story of a 13-year-old girl, set in Mongolia; twins' adventure Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang; and Ferdinand, the animated tale of a Spanish bull.

Teaching materials are linked to each film, so pupils can gain "a full learning experience" from the event, say the organisers. The festival is hosted by film education charity Into Film, which is supported by the UK film industry.

For more, see www.intofilm.org/events/festival