By Scott Begbie, The Press and Journal
Entries are flooding in for the Doric Film Festival 2022 – with organisers urging budding moviemakers to “haud gaun” (stick at it) and submit their ideas before the deadline on December 15.
Director Frieda Morrison has been delighted by the response, despite the pandemic which prevented a live celebration this year.
Frieda said: “We are up to speed, on par with entries from last year, but are still looking for more. The more we have the better we can choose from.”
The theme for 2022 is A Sense O Time, which Frieda said was inspired by the COP26 environmental conference in Glasgow.
“It could be interpreted as ‘nae afore time’, a lovely Doric phrase, meaning it is high time it was done. Or it could be ‘it’s just aboot time’ to do it.”
However, Frieda says the theme is open to interpretation in any way seen fit by entrants in the three categories of individuals, schools and groups.
Ideas for short films, of no more than five minutes, must be in by Wednesday December 15.
A judging panel will then select the best 10 to go on to the filming stage, with the festival offering help in making the films a reality in time for a deadline for finished work.
The grand finale will then be staged on August 12 at the Aberdeen Arts Centre, when the winning film will be announced and awarded a £500 prize.
Frieda said the festival is an ideal platform for budding filmmakers.
“They get a sense of pride in producing something, some of them for the first time,” she said. “But they also get a sense of what it takes to be seen on a professional platform and create something on a professional platform and that can lead to many things.”
But she hopes filmmakers get a sense of pride in promoting Doric itself.
Frieda said: “We need to raise the profile of the language and the confidence. Doric isn’t just for special occasions or comic effect, it’s a living, breathing language.
“Just haud gaun…we are hear to help and will help get people through all the difficulties and challenges.
“We are looking forward to getting back together and celebrating the work of film-makers.”
To find out more about the Doric Film Festival, including how to enter, visit https://doricfilmfestival.com/