TO MARK the opening of the world’s largest, free, youth film festival, pupils from a primary school in Penarth attended a premiere of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at Cineworld Cardiff last week.

Pupils from Albert Primary School enjoyed the story of the cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's holiday spirit.

Students from other primary schools in Cardiff also attended the exclusive event at Cineworld. At each UK premiere, young audiences got into the festive spirit and brought donations for their local foodbanks in a bid to give "the gift of kindness" and "not be a Grinch" this Christmas.

Aled Williams, deputy head teacher at Albert Primary School said: "Attending the Grinch pupil premiere at the Cineworld cinema in Cardiff as part of the Into Film Festival was a fantastic and rewarding experience. It’s great that as a school, we can, via the support of Into Film, provide our children with these enriching and exciting opportunities.

"We are now in the process of using the Grinch educational resources produced by Into Film to develop our literacy work around generosity, respect and being kind to others. Diolch yn fawr to everyone at Into Film."

Now in its sixth year, having welcomed nearly half a million primary and secondary students and their teachers in 2017, the festival is hosted by film education charity, Into Film and offers 3,000 free screenings and events in more than 550 venues in the UK between November 7 and 23.