Entries have opened for a first-ever Doric film festival, designed to showcase the north-east’s cultural heritage to as wide an audience as possible.
Organisers are hoping to receive hundreds of entries ahead of a red carpet screening of the best submissions in June.
The competition is open to children of all ages, students, community groups and individuals and has been backed by organisations including Aberdeenshire Council and Robert Gordon University.
And as part of the festivities, training sessions on topics ranging from pre-production to storyboarding and editing will be held across the region over the coming months.
The initiative has been thought up by Scots language podcast, Scots Radio, which started up in 2013.
Director Frieda Morrison said: “The Gaelic Film Festival has been enjoying success for eleven years and there’s ample media support for film creativity in English.
“So Scots Radio wishes to encourage and shine a light on story-telling in Scots – and in this first instance, on north-east Scots or Doric.”
She added: “The film competition is also about bringing folk together.
“We’d love to see local community groups and schoolchildren learning new film skills by recording their own tales or stories.
“It’s about self-expression – feeling free to speak in your own language to cover the adventures, history, struggles or plans of the local area and beyond.”
Each film must be no more than five minutes long, with all text and dialogue in Doric or north-east Scots.
For more information or to submit an entry visit doricfilmfestival.com