Paramount Pictures bosses are offering students in New York City free passes to upcoming screenings of civil rights drama Selma.

Studio executives have teamed up with 27 African-American business leaders in the Big Apple to offer free admission to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students at participating cinemas from 8 to 19 January (15).

It was previously announced that the critically acclaimed film, which stars British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., is also being screened for free at a theatre in Selma, Alabama, where the film's real-life civil rights protests were held 50 years ago.

Selma, which is up for four Golden Globes at Sunday's (11Jan15) prizegiving, opens in the U.S. on Friday (09Jan15).