Countryside Film Competition

CFC Poster-page-001High Schools from across the country have registered their interest and are now busy making their short films before the deadline of 26TH JUNE 2015.The promo for the competition can be viewed on youtube here:

The groups entering films include: school film clubs, Media Studies and Modern Studies groups,  John Muir Award groups, Leadership groups and Faculties from Art and Design and the Humanities.

If you teach pupils between the ages of 14-17 it is NOT too late to enter. The pupils are invited to make a short film (5-7 mins) based on any rural topic. It could be for example about traditional land use, countryside recreation (a hobby), conservation and the environment (wildlife) or renewable energy. It is up to you, the film could have a political message behind it or equally, it could be about mountain biking in the local forest!  There are some fantastic prizes on offer, including for the winning team, a work placement opportunity with the BBC. All films should be entered in dvd format to our address: King James VI Business Park, Friarton Road, Perth PH2 6DG. Good luck!

Glasgow’s All Saints RC Secondary School win our Countryside Short Film Competition

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The winners are a group of three pupils from the drama department of All Saint’s RC Secondary School in Glasgow with their film ‘Airplane’.

All the judges agreed that Airplane was the clear winner. The film follows a paper aeroplane out of the school window and through the urban landscape of central Glasgow, taking the viewer on a silent tour of litter that has collected under bridges, at the sides of fields and in rivers. With a very clear message drawing the film together, film producer and judge David Smith said “The film is a really simple idea and communicates something in real depth and gets the message across very successfully. It is shot in a very straightforward way but seems to be very sympathetic to the places. A very worthy winner”. The teacher who supported the winning team Julie Harris explained that ‘the pupils were all really proud of what they had made, they went out at weekends shooting and were a really dedicated group’.

One of our organisation’s key aims is to provide training and career opportunities for young people and we are very hopeful that since the winners consist of a budding writer, director and stage star, they will really enjoy their prize of a work placement with the BBC Landward production team.

The runners-up are a group of pupils from Ullapool High School and the team will all receive a high quality go pro camera kindly donated by Tiso. Their film ‘Forest Film’ was very different from Airplane and sets out to explore the recreational activities available to people in the forests around Ullapool. With a number of interviews with local people, tourists and businesses, the film had a very clear structure and managed to explore a diverse set of outdoor pursuits in less than seven minutes!

We would like to pass on our thanks to all schools that entered the competition and the Nineveh Trust who very kindly funded the project; huge congratulations in particular must go to the pupils and supporting staff of All Saints RC Secondary School and Ullapool High School.