6th February 2009 at 00:00

The Glasgow Film Festival, running from February 12 - 22, is again offering the city's schools the chance to see great new films plus historic material from the Scottish Screen Archive, with workshops - free.

Schools outwith Glasgow pay just Pounds 2 per pupil per film and accompanying teachers go free. Most of the events take place at the Glasgow Film Theatre in Rose Street and start at around 10 am.

Penny Bartlett, from the education department at the GFT which organises the film festival (now in its fifth year), says: "Our schools programme is stronger than ever and we expect as many as 3,000 pupils, from nursery classes upwards, to take part in the festival this year."

Among the highlights are two foreign-language films, with English subtitles. The Class, which is up for an Oscar and won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, is documentary-style and suitable for S4-6, telling the story of a year in a multi-ethnic Parisian high school. Am Ende kommen Touristen, (S2-6), puts a new, thought-provoking spin on the Holocaust, with a story based on the modern-day tourist industry at the former Auschwitz concentration camp.

Encounters at the End of World, for secondary classes, is a fascinating documentary from director Werner Herzog about the community of researchers, scientists and adventurers who make their home in Antarctica. Live acoustic guitar music will accompany the silent-screen masterpiece Nosferatu (P6-S6), the oldest surviving adaptation of Dracula. Scotland in the Past - Going to the Cinema will give P4-7s a fascinating, interactive glimpse into a time when Glasgow was said to have more cinemas per head of population than any other city in Europe.


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