Youths get behind camera for biggest VOMO Film Festival to date

This year’s Voice Of My Own (VOMO) film festival, on Tuesday, October 30, promises to be the biggest and best yet.

VOMO has recruited several new filmmakers to help groups of young Borderers to develop their own projects. Script sessions have been held everywhere from from Eyemouth to Newcastleton and films have been shot in oa host of locations including Duns, Gala, Selkirk, Jeburgh, Kelso and Hawick.

In addition to developing acting and filming skills this year, VOMO has introduced a trainee producer scheme, giving five young people a chance to learn vital behind-the-scenes management skills.

Project Manager Robert Sproul-Cran is enthusiastic about this development.

He said: “We have so many different types of story – from the slapstick loved by the younger groups through to deeply felt explorations of the serious challenges faced by older teens.

“Some of the subjects are dark but there’s a lot of humour too. And the common theme is that these are all tales devised by the young people on issues which they care deeply about.”

A dozen short films will be shown at the festival, representing the input of around a hundred young people in the past twelve months. The evening will be rounded off with the premier of the drug advisory film Legally High, made by VOMO in partnership with the Rezz youth club in Kelso, the Galashiels-based agency face2face, and Lothian and Borders Police. It is now shaping up into a resource which could save lives over a far wider area.

The Film Festival will be held at the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels. Doors open at 6.15pm, with refreshments available before screening starts at 7pm.

Tickets are free but must be pre-booked by calling or texting 07825 831544.