Friday, September 06, 2013

Discovery Film Festival: Scotland's International Film Festival for Young Audiences

This year's Discovery Film Festival takes place from 19th October until 3rd November and is now in its tenth year. Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts, and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world which have been specially programmed for young audiences.

The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools.

Discovery aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures. The festival has been running since 2004 when it was started as partnership with Dundee Education Development Department, Scottish Screen and DCA.

The festival works with partner venues in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Fife, and the Highlands and Islands to bring a selection of films from the Discovery programme to new audiences across Scotland.

Discovery Film Festival is a DCA project and is organised by Festival Producer and Cinema Youth Development Officer, Mike Tait. A team of Young Ambassadors (aged 15-18) work with the Festival Producer to programme films and advise on the overall design of the festival. A team of teachers and education consultants advise on the education programme and create Curriculum for Excellence relevant resources for classes visiting the festival.

Discovery would like to thank Dundee City Council Education Development Department and Fishers Tours for their ongoing support. We are also grateful to DCA's partners and supporters: Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council Leisure and Communities Department, The University of Dundee, Scottish Enterprise and Europa Cinemas.

If you would like to support Discovery or get involved, email discovery@dca.org.uk.