Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie has been announced as a new Patron of the inaugural Scottish Youth Film Festival. The festival takes place for the first time on November 20th - 22nd in Armadale, West Lothian, and features short films made by young people from across Scotland as well as workshops, talks, events, special screenings and an Awards Ceremony.
Kevin Guthrie is best known for his roles in Sunshine on Leith and The Legend of Barney Thomson, and will be hitting cinema screens again soon with Sunset Song. Guthrie will be joining Armadale author Lisa Ballantyne as a patron of the festival. Ballantyne is author of Redemption Road and The Guilty One, which was translated into 25 languages.
“I’m really delighted to support the Scottish Youth Film Festival. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for a younger generation to be able to present and express themselves with stories. Film in particular allows very specific stories to be told in an artistic and creative way which taps into the emotional depth of young people. I am really looking forward to attending the festival and seeing what stories the young people come up with.”
Guthrie urges young people to come forward and submit their films into the festival. He says:
“If you’ve got a story that you want to tell then please don’t hesitate to bring your film forward. It’s not about getting it right or wrong - it is about self expression. You’ve put in the work and you deserve for people to see it. So bring it forward, and let us see it.”
Festival organiser Scott Mackay said:
“I couldn't be happier. Lisa and Kevin come from different art forms but both embody what can be achieved by simply refusing to give up on your hopes and aspirations. We have two patrons who exemplify the very soul of the festival”.
Festival organisers Scott Mackay and David Barras hope that the festival will bring young Scottish creators together with other industry professionals and are partnering with organisations such as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, GMAC and Edinburgh International Film Festival, who will be in attendance at the weekend offering help and advice to interested youngsters.
The festival is funded by Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Fund. A Big Lottery Fund spokesperson said:
“We are delighted to support the Scottish Youth Film Festival with our Young Start funds. Young people across Scotland will have the chance to come together and get involved in a range of creative workshops and activities the festival has to offer. It is great to hear Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie has been announced as a new Patron of the inaugural festival. We wish those involved all the very best for a successful event.”
The festival will take place in Armadale on Nov 20th – 22nd. Young people under 20 years old are encouraged to submit their films for consideration before the deadline of 7th November. For more information about submissions criteria and to send in your film go to:
NOTES TO EDITORS
Scottish Youth Film Festival is produced by David Barras and Scott Mackay, with support from National Lottery Young Start fund. The festival takes place at Armadale Academy from 20th to 22nd November 2015, and features films by young people up to the age of 19. All films are free to attend. Go to www.syff.scot to find out more.
Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start Fund uses money from dormant bank accounts. Dormant accounts are defined in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 as those which have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. In September 2011 the Scottish Government formally issued instructions to the Big Lottery Fund to distribute dormant accounts funding for the benefit of Scotland’s voluntary and community sector.
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