WE ARE ALL NORTHERN LIGHTS!
Scotland’s first ever mass participation film project wants to hear from you.
Scotland’s first ever mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights is asking people across the region to pick up their cameras and share videos about their lives, hopes and dreams.
Funded by the Year Of Creative Scotland 2012, the project aims to create a view of Scotland that goes beyond media stereotypes to reflect the lives, hopes and dreams of the people who live – or once lived – in these isles.
Submissions, which can be anything from a brief video fragment to an unedited stream of consciousness, can be made online ( www.wearenorthernlights.com ) until 21 June 2012 with the promise that the best submissions will be gathered together and edited into a unique feature length documentary.
The film will be directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Nick Higgins, who hopes to be surprised by the range of responses. He says: “The idea of inviting people from across Scotland to pick up a camera, film their Scotland and share their lives is hugely exciting to me and we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for everyone to get involved. Our aim is to create a truly original representation of Scotland, taking in everything from the extraordinary to the everyday.”
“For Northern Lights to be achieve this, we need people from all walks of life to get involved. Each submission, no matter how modest, will help to build this epic self-portrait of Scotland in 2012 and we want everyone to be part of it. This is a film about Scotland, so who better to create its content than the people of Scotland themselves?”
Awards totalling £10,000 are on offer to the most compelling contributions in a range of categories, including the People’s Choice Award for the most popular contribution to the project.
People are invited to attend workshops being held all over Scotland and special interest groups are encouraged to host their own workshops.