5th October 2007 at 01:00
The annual, international Discovery Film Festival for children and young people, billed as the only one of its kind in Scotland, kicks off at Dundee Contemporary Arts on October 9.

In its fourth year, the festival will screen 36 animations, cartoons and feature films over 12 days. The programme is designed to appeal to children and young people over three years of age, as well as families and schools (all tickets pound;2 each).

This truly international event features films from more than 14 countries, including Japan, Hungary, Russia and Iran, plus the UK, Australia and North America.

In addition, films made by young people from all over Scotland and submitted for the Discovery Youth Award 2007 will be shown throughout the Festival, with audiences deciding who the winners should be.

New this year for schools are Live Lessons for Languages, with special screenings of French and German films suitable for primary and secondary schools and backed up by education packs written by teachers. All schools in Perth and Kinross, Angus, Dundee and Fife are being offered free trans-port to the festival by Stagecoach East Scotland.

As part of the Discovery Film Festival, the BBC will be in residence at DCA from October 11-13 with Blast, its mobile e-learning TV studio which comes complete with digital workshop area and performance space. Young people aged 13-19 can take part in free creative workshops, surgeries and events.

A number of the films being screened at the festival can be borrowed by schools that have appropriate equipment.

For further information about that service, call DCA education officer, Sarah Derrick. The full festival programme can be seen on line.

T 01382 90900

* www.discoveryfilmfestival.org.uk

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