LEADING film education charity Into Film Scotland have launched a dedicated Gaelic hub on its website, which has went live yesterday to mark the beginning of Languages Week Scotland.

The major new digital resource will speak directly to the Gaelic ­education community with a wealth of material to help explore both the ­extraordinary medium of film and the unique nature of Scotland’s ­indigenous language.

The resources are free to access, suitable for a range of ages from five to 19 and are all fully in the Gaelic language. Using feature films, archive shorts and creative ­activities from filmmaking to critical ­analysis, the website will help educators ­explore and engage young people with a diverse range of topics ­including Eco Explorers, Mindfulness Through Film and Scotland on Film.

To celebrate the launch, Into Film are holding a variety of free ­online workshops delivered in Gaelic, ­including the Virtual Review ­Writing Workshop, an interactive session ­taking learners through how to write a film review, think more critically about the films they are watching and develop their own voice, and an introduction to the Film Buff Challenge, an exciting new way for young film lovers, educators and Into Film Club leaders to engage with film like never before, by watching a wide range of short films that will challenge and open up viewing choices.

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The site will also host a Gaelic translation of the new Story Builder resource. Aimed at pupils aged seven to 11, Story Builder enables learners to develop their understanding of the basic building blocks of film – the three Cs and three Ss of film, colour, character, camera, story, sound and setting – to create imaginative narratives of their own. Young people will be able to use an interactive workbook to plan their own films stage-by-stage.

Kirsty Gallacher, programme ­delivery manager at Into Film ­Scotland, said: “We really hope that our new Gaelic page housing a collection of translated resources and the exciting workshops and competitions on offer demonstrate our efforts to better connect and engage with the Gaelic education community.

“Film is a universal language and a fantastic tool kit for educators to use in their teaching practice.”

Gaelic speaking film education practitioner Alasdair Satchel, who is based on the Isle of Mull, said: “I ­believe it is important to work with film in an educational context ­because it is part of what is inside us.

“The website has everything you need and if you are interested in speaking to anyone, there are a lot of CPD opportunities with the team. Every child is familiar with film. And therefore, it is important to ­promote literacy and emotional ­literacy and every kind of learning – it is relevant to all subjects at every level in school.”