I launched a Parliamentary Motion on The Wildelife Film Festival In Scotland to raise awareness of this exciting event.
You can read below the full motion, and also watch a short video on the festival below:
Motion Number: S5M-03553
Lodged By: Colin Smyth
Date Lodged: 20/01/2017
Title: Wildlife Film Festival Scotland
That the Parliament commends the organisers of the Wild Film Festival Scotland for creating a new and exciting event, which it believes is the first of its kind in the country, and which will celebrate the natural world through the best of film and photography, plus topical discussion, literature and music; notes that the festival, in Dumfries from 24 to 26 March 2017, will be national and international in its scope, with special guest speakers, who include leading naturalists and broadcasters Simon King, of Big Cat Diaries, and Lolo Williams, of Springwatch, and filmmakers from Scotland, such as Glasgow-based Nigel Pope of Maramedia, and form across the UK; notes that they will be joined by Sacha Dench of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, who recently made an epic paramotor flight from the Arctic to the UK, accompanying Bewick’s swans on their annual migration; understands that the festival is also promoting year-round nature-based tourism in Dumfries and Galloway by showcasing the region as a destination where visitors can enjoy magnificent moorlands, forests, mountains, rolling hills and rugged coastline, along with a fantastic array of birds, plants and animals; further notes that, in doing so, it aims to help build a sustainable economy for the region and to support local business; understands that the organisers are providing encouragement to, and opportunities for, young people, for example through the Wild Young Film Makers project, which has provided professional tuition to enable 12 to 25-year olds to make their own short films about the natural world, and welcomes this imaginative initiative, which is being pioneered by charities including the Southern Upland Partnership, RSPB and the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, with finance from the Scottish Government and the EU through its LEADER 2014-2020 programme and support from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Fund, the Holywood Trust and EON.