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 nationalcollective.com
My personal reason for voting Yes is that it seems unnatural for Scotland to be ruled by a government hundreds of miles away that the majority of us did not vote for. That’s not democracy.
Sir Sean Connery said independence would reinvigorate Scotland’s film industry, while former UEFA and SFA chief executive David Taylor said he hoped to see a Scotland’s sporting independence replicated in business and politics.
After a Yes vote, Scotland would not be outside the EU. There is no mechanism in EU law for Scotland to be expelled from the EU after a Yes vote, or for us to be deprived, overnight, of our EU citizenship rights.
Independence is absolutely essential for young people in Scotland - a Yes vote means we can safeguard free university education for Scottish students and use the full powers over the economy to create more jobs and opportunities here in Scotland.