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Lanarkshire Film Festival
Creative young people from Hamilton, Blantyre and Uddingston showcased their filmmaking efforts over the past year at the South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival hosted by Hamilton’s Vue Cinema. Keira Lucchesi, who plays Stella Walker in River City, played host for the event which featured films with thrills, laughs, and thoughtful exploration of social issues all set in South Lanarkshire.
Among the entries was Shaft 9 by community learning project Pits Ponies People & Stories, a chilling ghost story drawing on South Lanarkshire’s mining history; Control by Blantyre’s Terminal One Youth Centre, which showed a day in the life of a young man with fragile mental health; and Lost Dogs, another spooky offering from the girls at Uddingston Film Club.
The audience showed their appreciation for all the films on show, but it was Biggar High’s Bullied that scooped the Audience Award, while East Kilbride’s CUPI picked up the Judges’ Award for their sci-fi tale The East Kilbride Incident.
Biggar pupil Nadia Keteb said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to participate in this project. I personally got the chance to develop key skills and confidence during the project. We all felt a great sense of accomplishment and will look back on it with fondness.
“It was a brilliant achievement to receive the Audience Award especially when up against so many high quality short films.”
Host Keira was impressed by the project and the opportunity it offered the young people involved. She said: “It’s a big deal for them to be able to watch themselves on a big screen in a cinema, especially if they want to continue into acting.
“You can see what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong and it’s also important to be able to look up and go ‘look what I’ve done, there’s a final product there and we created that’.
Also in attendance were Provost Eileen Logan, who opened the ceremony, Councilllor Robert Brown and South Lanarkshire Council’s Head of Education Anne Donaldson who kindly presented the young people with their certificates.
The Provost said: “I had an excellent night. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish this kind of project had been available when I was at the high school.
“The self-confidence the young people exuded was fantastic, and this sets them up for life as well as being educational in media.”
The South Lanarkshire Youth Film Festival project is funded by the Big Lottery and co-ordinated by Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan).
VASLan’s Media Project staff and volunteers work with young people from schools and community groups throughout the year, guiding them through the creative process to make the films they want to make, while passing on vital filmmaking skills and giving them a final product of which they can be proud of.
For more information on what VASLan offers, please visit www.vaslan.org.uk.