Young Borderers’ movie talents set to be put to the screen test

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IT doesN’T quite have the glamour and glitz of Cannes, but young film-makers from the Borders will hope the VOMO festival is their first step to on-screen stardom.

The Voice of my Own event will showcase five short films made by groups across the region in Hawick’s Tower Mill on Saturday.

It is the result of a year-long screen school programme which organisers say provides young people with a way to express themselves through drama, documentary and animation. Young people aged between 10 and 18 were given advice and information on plot development, scripting and visualisation, as well as other aspects of film production.

The theme chosen for this year’s festival is Darker Borders, with film-makers taking the topic to their hearts with ghosts, zombies and murder featuring in their productions.

But VOMO project manager Robert Sproul-Cran also says that wit and humour were also evident.

He added: “The professional standard of these films is astonishing.

“Technically they’ve been shot on high definition, but what really makes them stand out is the first-rate storytelling.

“They are simply cracking good yarns.

“Each of the participants has a lasting achievement to be proud of, as well as learning skills which will prove useful in the future.

“But perhaps the most important aspect was the experience of working with others as a team, to produce sophisticated films whose finished standard will probably surprise even those who took part.”

Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for culture, sport and community education, councillor Graham Garvie, said: “VOMO is an inspirational project which aims to foster creativity, raise self-esteem, confidence and build life skills for young people.

“This festival is a fantastic showcase for these young people who I am sure will go onto great things using many of the skills and knowledge they have gained through VOMO.”

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance through artservice@scotborders.gov.uk or by phoning 01750 724901. Members of the public are asked to book for the 4.30pm showing.