Doric Film Festival gears up for celebration of talent at the Belmont Filmhouse

© DC ThomsonFilms such as "Brave" have highlighted the Doric language.
Films such as "Brave" have highlighted the Doric language.

Organisers of a new Doric competition are preparing to reveal the winners at a special awards ceremony next month.

At the start of the year, advocates of the language invited individuals and organisations of all ages and backgrounds to create new works in Doric.

And with entries flooding in from across the north-east, the red carpet will be rolled out to welcome attendees to special showcase and awards ceremony at the Belmont Filmhouse on July 2.

Guests are being encouraged to dress up for the Oscars or in a film costume.

During the event, attendees will be treated to a video presentation from Peterhead-born director Jon S Baird, who was behind films such as Filth and Stan and Ollie before the winners of the competition are revealed.

Frieda Morrison, director of the film festival, said: “We have 32 films entered for the competition.  The judges have watched them all – and they have made their decisions.

“But I can tell you that it wasn’t easy, the standard in all three categories was very high.  The feedback already from schools especially has been amazing.

“The ‘individual’ category was the biggest with 13 entries from all over the north-east and beyond. We have poetry, drama, community work, and history all rolled into this rich tapestry and under the title What the North East Means to Me.

“I was told that the project would only work if the will was there to participate. Well, I can absolutely confirm that the ‘will’ is there in bucketloads .”

Professor Peter Reid, one of the judges, said: “The film festival has demonstrated the wealth of creative and imaginative talent that exists in the north east.

“The judges were hugely impressed by the diversity of the submissions which include a range of different styles, approaches and techniques.

“It was a privilege to see all the films and a great pleasure to hear oor ain mither tongue being used to such good effect.”

The inaugural event has attracted a variety of sponsors, including the Press and Journal, Fettercairn Burns Club, The Lewis Grassic Gibbon Centre and Aberdeen and Northern Marts.

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