Dundee and Glasgow pupils scoop national filmmaking awards

A dancing duo from Dundee and an acrostic ensemble from Glasgow are the winning films in the National Library of Scotland’s ‘One Minute Film’ competition.

The competition, in conjunction with the Scottish Youth Film Festival, invited young people to enter films with the title ‘What Scotland Means to Me’.

The winning film in the 12 years and under category From Dancing Dundee, is made by Sen and Lucy as they dance their way around Tayside and provide an insight into their view of Scotland. The 13 years and over category was won by St Thomas Aquinas Acrostic Account where a group of pupils share their thoughts about what Scotland means to them, using individual pieces to camera.

Ann Cameron, Head of the Moving Image and Sound Collections at the National Library said:

“As this is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People, we thought it was a great opportunity to add contemporary young people’s perspectives to our moving image collections. We were amazed and entertained by the eclectic range of films we received, and will gladly preserve the top entries in our collections for future generations to enjoy.”

Actor and Patron of the Scottish Youth Film Festival, Kevin Guthrie, was on the judging panel. He said:

“I was really blown away by the standard and quality of film production on these submissions. The shortlisted films are stunning, with some amazing storytelling. Well done to everyone involved.”

The winners were announced yesterday evening at the National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall. Shortlisted films will be added to the Library’s collections and preserved in perpetuity.

Contact Information

Barbara Burke

National Library of Scotland

+44131 623 3738

+447904 791002


Notes to editors

Media can view the shortlisted films here: https://vimeo.com/300338811 (password ‘youngscots’) This is a private link and should not be shared more widely.

The Scottish Youth Film Festival

The Scottish Youth Film Festival is a celebration of the creativity of young people resident in or native to Scotland. Each year, the Festival makes awards for the best animation, live action and documentary films made in Scotland. http://syff.scot/

The National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Scotland and the Scots - an information treasure trove for Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture.

The Library holds more than 26 million physical items dating back over 1000 years in addition to a growing library of e-books, e-journals and other digital material. Every week the Library collects around 3,000 new items. Most of these are received free of charge in terms of Legal Deposit legislation.

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