Young LGBT+ people in Dundee will be at the heart of a new project which will offer filmmaking workshops in the city.
Pink Saltire have teamed up with the mental health and wellbeing charity, Feeling Strong, to guide budding young filmmakers through an exciting and fun programme to make their own short film.
The project starts on Thursday 10th October at 5pm in the Feeling Strong Hub on Albert Street, with the young people launching their film in November. Both organisations hope the project will allow young people the chance to express themselves creatively, while learning new skills and making new friends.
Eilidh Morris, Production Assistant at Feeling Strong said:
“We are really looking forward to working with young people on this project and helping them create something special. It’s imperative for them to know that their voices are important and that we are proud to be able to facilitate this opportunity to learn a new skill. Our partnership on this project with Pink Saltire provides the chance to shine a light on the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ youth with mental health and wellbeing challenges, and we hope that we can encourage a wider dialogue about this subject in Dundee in the future.”
The film will also form part of a mental health film festival in Dundee in 2020, with young people at the heart of opening up a wider discussion about mental health and its challenges and solutions in the city.
Stuart Duffy of Pink Saltire said:
“We’re really excited to join forces with Feeling Strong for this new project, offering young people in Dundee the opportunity to make their own short film about an issue that really matters to them. Not only will they be offered the technical skills and guidance to help plan and produce their own short film, but they’ll also be meeting new people and making friends, which is really important in promoting positive mental health for LGBT young people. We can’t wait to see what they produce!”
The Dundee film is part of a 3-year filmmaking project called ‘Through The Lens’ which Pink Saltire are running in Fife, Glasgow and Dundee. A short film produced by young people from Kirkcaldy was released earlier this year, focussing on politics, society and the media. The project is funded thanks to the YoungStart programme run by the The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland.
A short film by young people in Glasgow is also in the final stages of production and will be released later this year.
Young people in Dundee aged 13-18 are able to sign-up at this link with the first workshop being held on Thursday 10th October, 5pm.