Our Wild Young Film Makers project has been giving 12 to 25 year olds the skills and encouragement to make their own mini-documentaries.

We’ve run a series of free sessions across the region, including four outdoor filming workshops at the NTS nature reserve at Threave and the RSPB’s centre at Mersehead.

Professional wildlife filmmaker Simon Goodall used his experience to pass on tips and tricks of the trade to young people from across the region.

Here we have some of the guys who took part (not in order) in the recent sessions at Threave – Sarah Sunderland, Gregor Trayner, Megan Monteith, Ryan Lewiston, Cameron Drysdale and Mhairi Valentine.

We hope that lots of those who took part will go on to make their own films which will be screened at WFFS in March.

We are also hoping that other young people from across Dumfries and Galloway will submit films that they have made as well – you don’t have to have been to the workshops to take part. 

The project has two age categories which are 12-14 and 15-25. Films can be from 30 seconds to eight minutes. Submissions are welcome in five categories:

  • presenter-led films
  • films featuring youth actors
  • films featuring voice overs
  • films featuring soundtracks only
  • films comprised of any combination of the above.

The film can be animated. Subjects can include wildlife, plants, topography, geography, habitat, climate and weather – but they have to be shot in Dumfries and Galloway. You do not need to have taken part in Simon’s sessions to submit a film.

For further details contact festival producer Sid Ambrose on 07407062419 or 01671404143 or sidambroseproductions@gmail.com