Our Island Stories

The festival is seeking short film submissions from Scottish islanders aged 12 - 25 to form its first ever programme.

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Our Island Stories, the first film festival for young islanders in Scotland, is inviting submissions for its online showing on August 28.

The festival is seeking short films of up to three minutes in length from filmmakers aged 12-25. Submissions will open from August 2-14. Films must focus on life on a Scottish island, and can be in English, Gaelic or Scottish dialects.

‘The project will support young people to make their films, find their voice and share their personal experiences of life on their islands,’ the organisers said.

‘The films can take a number of forms and filmmakers are encouraged to be creative and use various techniques. Filmmaking provides a unique and creative way for young people to be heard and to express what they want for their future, how to move forward and improve their lives, how to encourage others to stay on islands and attract others to move there.

‘Films already created by young islanders from Islay, Arran, Lewis, Orkney, Shetland, South Uist, Colonsay, Eigg, Tiree and Mull during Our Island Stories workshops earlier this year cover a vast range of topics, from tourism to LGBTQ+ safe spaces, second homes to marine litter.

‘To support young people to take their filmmaking skills to the next level, Our Island Voices has created a range of video tutorials, covering shooting with a mobile phone, composition tricks, editing, adding music, animation and more. The videos are all free to access and can be viewed at screenargyll.co.uk’

The project is delivered in partnership with Youth Scotland and the Scottish Island Federation, with Screen Argyll working with Youth Scotland to reach and support young people as part of the Young Islanders Challenge.

Jen Skinner at Screen Argyll said: ‘We are so excited to be working with the Scottish Island Federation and Youth Scotland on this project, for the potential it has in reaching out to young people in our communities, connecting them through film and giving them a voice. We can’t wait to hear what they have to say!’

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Caption: The festival is seeking short film submissions from Scottish islanders aged 12 – 25 to form its first ever programme.