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Discovery Film Festival

Films from around the world for children and families

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Discovery Film Festival has just celebrated its 20th year! Based at Dundee Contemporary Arts and touring to partner venues throughout Scotland, the festival screens films from all over the world which have been specially programmed for young audiences.

The festival includes three exciting weekends of films, creative activities, and gala events, as well as two weeks of screenings and events for schools. 

Discovery aims to develop new audiences for the best in international film, improve media literacy and offer young audiences an insight into the lives of children and young people in other cultures. 

The festival works with partner venues in Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, Fife, and the Highlands and Islands to bring a selection of films from the Discovery programme to new audiences across Scotland.

Discovery Film Festival is a DCA project and is organised by DCA's Cinema Youth Development Officer. A team of Young Ambassadors (aged 15-19) are also invited to programme films and advise on the overall design of the festival, while a team of teachers and education consultants advise on the education programme and create Curriculum for Excellence relevant resources for classes visiting the festival.

The dates for Discovery Film Festival 2024 will be announced soon – watch this space and sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates.

If you'd like more information in the meantime, or are looking for a specific Teachers' Resource Pack from the archive, please drop us a line at

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Discovery Film Festival 2023