Youngsters urged to go wild for movies

Simon Goodall
Simon Goodall

Young people are being invited to make short movies about nature in Dumfries and Galloway as part of the new Wild Film Festival Scotland.

Simon Goodall, who runs the National Trust for Scotland nature conservation film unit, will run a series of free workshops and outdoor filming sessions across the region. These will reveal the secrets of how to capture nature’s dramatic events and fascinating, ferocious wildlife behaviours and bring them to the screen. Simon will teach young people the importance of storytelling and how to film a documentary when working with animal “actors” that often won’t co-operate.

The Wild Young Movie Makers project is a great opportunity to be part of a festival that will bring together the very best wildlife film and photography from at home and all around the world.

Simon said: “The brilliant thing about nature movies is that anyone of any age can make them. You can use smart phones, video cameras or even try your hand at animation and create something other people will love to watch. The possibilities are endless, especially in somewhere like Dumfries and Galloway which has such a huge variety of plants, birds, animals and environments.

“I’m really looking forward to sharing my experience as a professional filmmaker with a new generation. There are so many young people out there with loads of imagination and bags of talent.”

The festival will take place in Dumfries from 24 to 26 March 2017 and Wild Young Movie Makers films will be shown alongside work from the world’s top wildlife filmmakers.

The project has two age categories which are 12 to 14 and 15 to 25. Films can be of any length from 30 seconds to eight minutes. Subjects can include wildlife, plants, habitat, climate and weather – but they have to be shot in Dumfries and Galloway.

The sessions with Simon will take place in November and December – places are free but must be reserved. These include sessions at Newton Stewart Centre, formerly The Hut, starting on November 1 with an introduction to film-making. Contact Sid Ambrose on 07407062419 or at for more.