Film to give picture of life in Scotland

Scotland’s first mass participation documentary film project, Northern Lights, has been launched by a University academic.

Award-winning Scottish filmmaker Nick Higgins, a senior lecturer in visual and cultural studies, is asking people to pick up cameras or mobiles and share videos about their lives, hopes and dreams over the next three months.

Unique documentary

The film project has been unveiled by, Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop, TV personality Sanjeev Kohli and Iain Munro Director of Creative Development from Creative Scotland.

Submsissions, anything from a video fragment to a stream of consciousness, can be made online, with the best being edited into a unique feature-length documentary.

Our aim is to create a truly original representation of Scotland, taking in everything from the extraordinary to the everyday

Nick HigginsSchool of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Throughout the project Northern Lights will make £10,000 of awards to participants they feel have made the most compelling contributions to the project.

The project has been launched as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

The finished constellation of films will be presented as a unique and immersive screening experience which will tour Scotland in the winter of 2012.

Filmed contributions must be uploaded to the Northern Lights website by June 21 and you must be over 14 to submit to the project.