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Scottish Youth Film Foundation and ScottishPower launch national film competition for COP26


  • Winning films screened at COP26 and held in National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive

Scottish Youth Film Foundation (SYFF) and COP26 Principal Partner ScottishPower today announce the launch of an environmental film competition for young people across Scotland. The competition marks the start of a programme of activity and events from SYFF which will run up to and throughout the United Nations climate change conference (COP26) to coincide with the global environmental conference coming to Scotland. This programme will be supported by ScottishPower.

Young people under the age of nineteen are invited to submit short film of up to 5 minutes in length on the theme of ‘Change’. Shortlisted entries will be announced at the Scottish Youth Film Festival in October with the winners announced and the films screened at a gala event during COP26.  The winning films will be held in the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive for future generations of Scots and the archive has also made available free content that young people can download and use in their films to show Scotland's climate story.

Full details on how to enter the competition, which closes for entries on 30th August can be found at from Scottish Youth Film Foundation on Vimeo. View an audio-described version of this video

Commenting on the launch of the competition, SYFF Patron and award-winning director Jason Connery said: “In the year that COP26 comes to Scotland, we’re thrilled to launch our 2021 film competition with the theme of Change. We want to give young people of Scotland a chance to tell their own stories and bring their views on environmental issues to a world stage. We are grateful to ScottishPower for their support and look forward to announcing an exciting schedule of events and activities in the runup to COP26.”

Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower, said: “Everyone has a part to play in tackling the climate emergency and with the world’s leaders coming to Scotland for COP26 later this year, we have a great chance to show them not only how far we’ve come, but that we have the enthusiasm and determination to effect real and lasting change.”

“I’m delighted ScottishPower is supporting SYFF and look forward to seeing the shortlisted entries when they’re revealed later this year.”

Dr Emily Munro of the National Library of Scotland said: “'We are pleased to support this film competition which asks young people for their views on and creative responses to the climate crisis. Our collections are here for people to reflect on and learn from. We hope that the films we have in the moving image archive can provide inspiration for today's young filmmakers and look forward to preserving their work for future generations.”

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