Young people exploring digital film content at the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.

Film competition launched for young people

Young people aged under 19 are encouraged to enter a one-minute film competition – the winners of which will have their stories immortalised in the National Library of Scotland’s archives.

A collaboration between the Library and the Scottish Youth Film Festival, the competition – ‘What Scotland Means to Me’ – will accept films relating to any theme, in any genre, and filmmakers are encouraged to use any device to capture their story.

The National Library’s Moving Image and Sound Collections Manager, Ruth Washbrook said:

“We have footage capturing young people’s stories and voices from as early as the 1900s. But we don’t have nearly as much content from this century.

“As 2018 is Scotland’s Year of Young People, we want to capture what Scotland means to young people today, as well as their aspirations for their future. We want our collections to reflect as diverse a range of voices as possible, so stories from all over Scotland, in any language, are most welcome.”

Actor Kevin Guthrie said:

“As patron of the Scottish Youth Film Festival I’m delighted to be involved. It’s an inspiring, creative challenge to Scotland’s next generation of filmmakers and I can’t wait to see the results.” 

Submissions will be accepted by anyone under the age of 19 – that is, born from January 1999 onwards – residing in Scotland. Films can be made by individuals, families, groups of friends or school groups. Applicants under the age of 16 must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

Films must be submitted as a digital file by 1 October 2018. Submissions will be judged by a panel and the winners will be announced at a special screening during the Scottish Youth Film Festival in November 2018.

The winning films will be preserved in the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive and will become a part of Scotland’s stories for future generations.

More information can be found on the National Library of Scotland and Scottish Youth Film Festival websites.

Contact Information

Barbara Burke

National Library of Scotland

+44131 623 3738

+447904 791002

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