Creative practitioners Simon Bishopp and Katja Frimberger received funding from Creative Scotland for an 8-months filmmaking project. They will work with the New Young Peers Scotland group; a group of young people with refugee experience keen to develop their filmmaking skills. And make films for other new arrivals.
Morgan Petrie, Creative Industries Manager at Creative Scotland said:
“Scotland Our New Home is providing social and cultural development opportunities for young asylum seekers and refugees through filmmaking. This project will support their creative learning and help us see the world from new perspectives, this is especially important in this the Year of Young People 2018.”
The filmmaking project builds on a collaboration between animator Simon and four New Young Peers. They wanted to communicate the hopes and challenges that their life in Scotland entails – in the medium of animation. College educators Mercedes Richardson and Lyn Ma helped the young people to produce a voiceover-script. And Simon translated it into hand-drawn imagery.
Making Home in Scotland
Their collaboration resulted in two animations. The first film uses saturated colours. It is drawn in the clean lines reminiscent of modern children’s animation. It tells of the young people’s hopes and challenges through the eyes of a girl who makes home in Scotland. The second animation works in a more surrealist style. And features more abstract and dream-like illustrations.
Bringing New Stories to Life
The young people launched the films at Glasgow City Chambers in 2017, where the New Young Peer Mentors received the Saltire Youth Award. And the Glasgow Southside Film Festival award-nominated the second animation (for teenagers and adults). The animations have been shown at many education and youth conferences in the UK and abroad. The ‘Scotland, Our New Home’ filmmaking project continues this creative collaboration between the New Young Peers Scotland, animator Simon Bishopp and indepent researcher Katja Frimberger. The young people want to make films that speak to other new arrivals. And we will support them to bring their ideas to life.
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