Discovery Film Festival announce four UK or Scottish premieres as part of their 2017 programme

Discovery Film Festival announce four UK or Scottish premieres as part of their 2017 programme

Lu Over the Wall

Scotland's International Film Festival for Young Audiences features screenings, creative workshops and Shorts for Tinies

Discovery Film Festival: Scotland's International Film Festival for Young Audiences, returns to Dundee for its 14th year. The festival screens international films for ages 0–19, accompanied by activities, creative workshops inspired by the films and daily school screenings.

The festival opens with Abulele, a story of a young Israeli boy and his furry monster pal, and closes with a preview screening of new anime feature Lu Over the Wall, which just won the award for Best Feature Film at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and is shown in partnership with Scotland Loves Anime.

The programme features four UK or Scottish premieres; Not Without Us!, a documentary following 16 children from 14 countries on their journeys to school; Fanny's Journey, telling the true story of a young girl who sets out with her siblings on a dangerous journey during the Second World War; As You Are, a 1990s-set teen drama that deals with family, friendship and mystery; and Room 213, a spooky tale suitable for ages 10+ which also forms part of DCA's annual Dundead Halloween horror programme.

As You Are, alongside road-trip film Goodbye Berlin, was picked by the Discovery Young Ambassadors, a group of film-loving 15–19 year-olds who are involved with all aspects of the festival, from selecting to marketing and introducing the films.

Joining the festival's ever-popular Shorts for Wee Ones and Shorts for Middle Ones is new initiative, Shorts for Tinies, with the aim of offering very young children a first cinema experience.Suitable for ages up to 5, and their accompanying adults, the screening include a selection of short films alongside hands-on creative activities delivered in the cinema by DCA's Learning specialists.

Mike Tait, Festival Producer, said 'We've spent a thrilling twelve months searching across the globe for the best new films to bring back to Tayside and the most exciting part is always seeing the reactions of our young audiences to these cinematic gems. It's fascinating to see which films will generate the biggest buzz. We look forward to welcoming all the audiences who will have the chance to make their own minds up!'

Discovery Film Festival, DCA, Dundee, Sat 21 Oct–Sun 5 Nov.

Discovery Film Festival

Scotland's international film festival for young audiences combines the best youth cinema from around the world with a series of creative workshops and events.