Thanks to Aonghus, I discovered several films in the Irish language, including the short films Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom and Ocras. I started to list them, but then could not always be certain if these films were in Irish or in English without seeing them first.
However, in looking at websites for the people in the business of making films that he mentioned, I came across the IFTN News website which gave me a link to this press release printed below. Has anyone seen the DVD?
IFB & TG4 Launch Irish Language DVD For Schools 11-Nov-04
A new DVD for schools entitled ‘Gearrscannán’ containing a wealth of Irish language short films has been launched at a special screening for 100 schoolchildren at the Irish Film Institute.
The ‘Gearrscannán’ DVD contains 9 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. The 9 titles include the curriculum title ‘Clare Sa Speir’ and the IFTA 2004 winner ‘Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom.’
Every secondary school in Ireland will receive one free copy of the ‘Gearrscannán’ DVD pack. The DVD is a collaboration between TG4, the Irish Film Institute and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (BSÉ/IFB).
“I am absolutely delighted to see a variety of institutions come together to make this project happen”, said Mr John O Donoghue, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. “Film illustrates how the areas of 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”.
Mary Hanafin, Minister of Education commented, “I welcome this new initiative as it presents an exciting and novel way of bringing the Irish language to life for Irish students. The use of contemporary Irish made films as an educational tool presents a new and invigorating way of teaching”.
Mark Woods, BSÉ/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.”
8 of the titles on the ‘Gearrscannán’ DVD were commissioned as part of the OSCAILT initiative which is a short film scheme funded by TG4 and the Irish Film Board.
Proinsias Ni G h rainne, Commissioning Editor at TG4 said “Oscailt films are written and made by a new generation of young and vibrant film -makers who have put a fresh face on storytelling in the Irish language. We hope that these stories will not only provide classroom content that students will connect with but also encourage students to write on their own experiences in Irish.”
“This is a great project which helps to bring the Irish language in from the fringes in arts education and also points the way forward for greater cooperation between the various cultural and state bodies “, added Mark Mulqueen, Director Irish Film Institute.
The ‘Gearrscannán’ DVD pack is available to secondary schools around Ireland via the Educational Centres. For details of your nearest Educational Centre, please visit www.filmboard.ie