Greek success for Borders film team

A FILM produced by Voice of My Own (VOMO) and Choose Life in the Borders has picked up third place in a European award ceremony.

That’s Not Me was recognised at the 10th European Camera Zizanio Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation awards for film making in the 13-16 years age group.

The award in Greece follows the film’s recent success at the Discovery Film Festival in Dundee where it was awarded Best Scottish Youth Film and also collected the award for Best Screenplay.

That’s Not Me is a powerful drama showing the difficulties faced by young people with mental health problems.

It was developed by a group of young people, with support and guidance from VOMO and Lisa Surgey from Penumbra Youth Project.

VOMO was established in 2004 by Scottish Borders Council’s to foster creativity, raise self-esteem and build life skills for young people.

The film was directed by VOMO screen-school co-ordinator, Robert Sproul-Cran, who said: “That’s Not Me was a sensitive subject, and the production team put real thought into making it work both as an education project and a drama.

“They tackled the whole range of tasks including scripting, appearing on screen and working behind the camera in a thoroughly professional manner.”

Finance for the film came from Choose Life funding which supports suicide prevention activity across the Borders, with part funding from LEADER.

That’s Not Me can be seen at the forthcoming VOMO film festival which takes place on Saturday, March 12 at 1.30pm at Tower Mill, Hawick.

Tickets are free by contacting SBC’s arts development team on 01750 724901 or email artservice@scotborders.gov.uk