A film made by school pupils with help from an independent film-maker from Scalpay is to represent Scotland at a major international film festival on May 24th.

The Gaelic short film ‘Origami’, made by pupils from Lochaber High School, won the Best Youth Film at the 2019 FilmG Awards. 

Independent filmmaker Dòmhnall Eòghainn MacKinnon supported the school as the pupils wrote, starred and directed the film.

Now two of those involved in the project are off to the UNESCO CIAK JUNIOR International Film Festival, representing Scotland with a showing of their film.

The powerful and stylistic film focuses on bullying, but unusually gives the viewer a look at life from the bully's perspective and culminates in an unexpected and uplifting twist.

Lochaber pupils Floraidh Stevenson and Faye MacKinnon will travel to Venice to attend the festival.

FilmG's project manager, Flòraidh Forrest will also travel to Venice with the group. She said:"We are thrilled to be given this opportunity and are proud to be taking such a meaningful and creative film with us to represent Scotland on this international platform. 

"When young people have the opportunity to travel and see other cultures it can help in developing creativity and offers them the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of their own identity, language and culture. Something we are keen to encourage in young Gaelic speakers today."

Funding the trip are MG ALBA who see the potential for the CIAK JUNIOR competition to be incorporated within the FilmG competition.  Communications Manager Murdo MacSween said: "Seeing Gaelic content, made by young filmmakers, appear at an international festival like this is hugely inspiring. It proves again that FilmG is a fantastic opportunity and that Gaelic can lead to amazing experiences."

The festival takes place in Venice on the 24 & 25 May.

To watch Lochaber's film Origami, visit the FilmG Website http://filmg.co.uk/gd/films/1826/