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17/11/2004

DVD of Gaelic shorts to be distributed to Irish schools

'Gearrscannáin', a DVD of Irish language shorts has been launched at a special screening for 100 schoolchildren at the Irish Film Institute.
The DVD contains nine short Irish films and an accompanying Education Guide, which can be used by Irish language teachers to further promote the study of Irish by students.
In a revolutionary initiative, every secondary school in Ireland will receive one free copy of the Gearrscannáin DVD, a collaboration between Irish language broadcaster TG4, the Irish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board, Ireland’s national screen agency.
“I am absolutely delighted to see a variety of institutions come together to make this project happen”, said John O Donoghue, Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. “Film illustrates how education and culture can collaborate on an imaginative project such as Gearrscannáin. This DVD of Irish films should really strike a chord with young students around Ireland.”
Mark Woods, IFB CEO, said: “We see this as a wonderful opportunity for the Irish Film Board to work with the Department of Education to collaborate on bringing Irish film into the classroom and promote Irish filmmakers’ work to a wider audience.”
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