Congratulations Dundee Contemporary Arts!

(Images: Discovery Film Festival 2011. Left: Festival Producer and Cinema Youth Development Officer Katharine Simpson with Discovery Young Ambassadors)

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Filmhouse (Edinburgh), and Glasgow Film Theatre have been jointly awarded the prestigious Europa Cinemas Award for Best Young Audience Activities. The winners were selected from over 1,057 cinemas for their collaborative work together as well as the individual projects run by each organisation.

The three organisations belong to Young Audiences Cinema Network Scotland (YCANS), a Network of cinemas committed to activities aimed at young Scottish film-goers. Several times a year, seven cinemas gather to discuss programming policy, activities put in place, print sharing and joint applications for financial assistance. These cinemas' successes and the Networking of their competences, supported by Creative Scotland, are a sign of Scotland's special commitment to film education.

The Best Young Audience Activities award will be presented at a special event during the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, which will take place at the Glasgow Film Theatre at the beginning of February 2012.

Dundee Contemporary Arts: Discovery Film Festival

Dundee Contemporary Arts is the home of Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s international film festival for young audiences. The festival, now in its eighth year, brings exciting new films made for children and young people from around the world to Dundee and partner venues across Scotland. In addition to a busy programme of screenings, audiences can take part in creative workshops, industry master-classes and visit a special exhibition in DCA galleries.

Discovery Film Festival is programmed and produced with the help of the Discovery Young Ambassadors, a group of film-loving 13 – 17 year-olds who are involved in all aspects of the festival. A programme for schools runs alongside the public activities, with learning resources for pupils and teachers accompanying screenings.

2011 was a record year for the festival, with more people attending screenings and events than ever before, including a sold-out opening screening of French animation A Cat in Paris (check out North Sea Screen Partners member TayScreen's interview with writer and co-drirector Alain Gagnol here).

Throughout the rest of the year DCA organises schools screenings and special events, as well as public screenings for young audiences as part of its Discovery Family Film Club. The Discovery Young Ambassadors regularly programme, promote and organise film screenings for teen audiences. 


Since 1979 Filmhouse has been one of the leading entertainment and cultural venues in Edinburgh, showcasing an array of cinema and playing host during June to its sister, the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Filmhouse is committed to education both formal and informal, working regularly with primary and secondary school pupils and teachers and offering a programme that includes special morning screenings with discussions, outreach illustrated talks, tours of the cinema, young people’s workshops and teacher seminars. Special school events are also organised in conjunction with all the various Festivals throughout the year, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Over the last year Filmhouse has been forging new relationships with a host of partners to establish new projects to further develop and enhance our already dynamic, useful and extensive programme.

Glasgow Film Theatre

From toddlers to teens, Glasgow Film Theatre is the place for cinema fans of all ages. GFT welcomed over 40,000 admissions in 2010 for its activities for young audiences in Greater Glasgow and remains a constant source of entertainment, education and innovation for children in Glasgow. Each weekend the cinema hosts packed screenings of the latest family-friendly films, which are free to all children to attend. In 2008, GFT was one of the first venues in the UK to offer Autism-Friendly screenings for children with autism spectrum disorders.

In close collaboration with Glasgow City Council Educational Services, GFT organises free curriculum-responsive school events all year round for Nursery, Primary and Secondary pupils. Each event comes with a special introduction or workshop and often a downloadable teachers resource for post-screening activities. Regular school events include Holocaust Memorial Week, Modern Language Days and the annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival every February.

Each year Glasgow Youth Film Festival has an exciting line-up of film previews, workshops and special events for both schools and the public. A major part of its success over the past 3 years is the close involvement of the GYFF Youth Team who curate all aspects of the Festival. All members of the group are aged 15-19-years-old and meet every Monday evening after school over a period of six months.

Hamish Gibson, one of the members of GYFF Youth Team, was selected as the sole representative for the UK at the 27 Times Cinema initiative at this year's Venice Film Festival. Hamish spent 10 days watching festival films, interviewing directors, writing blogs and awarding prizes alongside 26 young film critics selected from around Europe.

Glasgow Youth Film Festival returns from 5 – 15 February 2012. www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/gyff

About Europa Cinemas

Established in 1992, Europa Cinemas today represents 2891 screens and 1057 cinemas in 599 cities and 64 countries. Europa Cinemas supports the programming and visibility of European films outside their country of origin, and encourages initiatives aimed at developing the interest of young audiences in European films and cultural diversity. Since 2004, Europa Cinemas has expanded outside Europe, notably in Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean Basin.

Europa Cinemas is supported by: MEDIA, Programme of the European Commission (Brussels), CNC (France) and Eurimages – Council of Europe (Strasbourg).
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