New Film Project Wants To Know What An Independent Scotland Means To You

A collective of Scottish artists and creatives have launched a film-making project on the theme "what does Scottish independence mean to you".

National Collective, which organisers describe as a "non-party political group set up to bridge the gap between Scotland’s top creative and political minds, as well as provide a platform for the public to engage creatively with the independence debate" is inviting people to take part in the "Independently Minded" project to help create a video portrait of the independence movement.

Organisers are asking people to describe what independence means to them in a few words and then incorporate that into a short video clips or photographs. Submitted images will be collated to create a series of crowd-sourced films for the campaign.

Announcing the competition, Ross Colquhoun, the group's director, said:  "One of our primary functions is to commission and produce creative works which help to promote the 'Yes' message. Artists and creatives can contribute directly to our cause by sending us photographs, recordings or videos of your work, along with a description and some information about yourself. We are also asking the public to get involved by participating in our online projects."

Among the members of Scotland's creative and artist community involved in National Collective are the award-winning author and playwright Alan Bissett, talented musician Lou Hickey and the critically acclaimed photographer Alex Boyd.

Mr Colquhoun added: "Our growing group was born from a belief that self-confidence in Scotland’s artistic and political culture is essential to making a success of the 'Yes' campaign. We believe that independence would bring a new cultural confidence to Scotland enabling Scottish artists and creatives to flourish.

"As this is one of the biggest decisions we will ever take as a nation we need to have a proper, engaging debate about what we really want. We believe that one of the best ways to involve the people of Scotland in the choice over Independence is through the cultural expressions that bind us together."


For more information about National Collective or to get involved with the project, visit

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