As the Pope was making his way across Scotland yesterday from Edinburgh to Glasgow, I was journeying – slowly – in the opposite direction to the City of Discovery. The Dundee Contemporary Arts centre was the venue for my CPD session Reading Film:21st Century Literacy.
This presentation/seminar was an opportunity to trial some of the material I’ve been developing for Scottish Screen (now Creative Scotland) on using short films in the classroom, as well as being a taster for the upcoming Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s international film festival for young audiences taking place in the city from the 16th of October until the 3rd of November.
The Festival brings together some of the best new films from around the world, and the Schools’ Programme provides special screenings, guest appearances, workshops and gala events. An excellent collection of free classroom resources to use alongside some of the films is also available from the Discovery website. Last year almost 8,000 young people enjoyed the cinema experience, and if last night’s audience of dedicated teachers is anything to go by, the spirit of discovery is very much alive and well in Dundee.