Shetland Arts announced on 18 June 2012 that Jean Urquhart, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament recognising the launch of Hansel of Film.
Hansel of Film, launched in Shetland on the 10th June with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the isles, sees Shetland Arts taking a UK-wide part in the London 2012 Festival celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 'A Hansel of Film - Shetland to Southampton and Back' is a relay of screenings of short films made by the public in each of the nations and many of the regions of the UK.
The films are to be relayed between participating venues by 'runners'; that is, creative and energetic individuals who will employ whatever means of transport they can devise to get the right films to the right venue on time. This will culminate in a marathon screening of over 100 short films at Shetland's annual film festival, Screenplay 2012, between 4th and 9th September.
The project will take films made by Shetlanders and others to twenty one venues around the country and will form a celebration of 'home made' short films similar to that which takes place annually at Screenplay.
The motion reads: "The Parliament acknowledges the opening of the Hansel of Film 2012, a UK-wide relay stretching from Shetland to Southampton of screenings of short films as part of the London 2012 Festival, in Shetland on 10 June; understands that the films will be relayed between participating venues by runners who must use any method of transport available to get the films to the next scheduled venue on time; commends Shetland Arts on its initiative in putting together a successful bid to secure funding for what it considers this innovative project; welcomes the extensive and positive publicity for the Shetland arts community on the Hansel of Film's official website, which, it considers, accurately describes the vibrant cultural life of the islands, and considers the diversity of festivals held in Shetland, covering all walks of cultural life and strands of music to be a leading example for Scotland.
The motion was supported by: Bill Kidd, Humza Yousaf, Rob Gibson, Annabelle Ewing, Sandra White, Jamie McGrigor, John Finnie, Mike MacKenzie, Joan McAlpine, Anne McTaggart, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, Tavish Scott, Margaret Burgess, Colin Beattie and Gordon MacDonald.
Lisa Ward, Marketing Officer at Shetland Arts, said: "We are very pleased the launch of Hansel of Film has been recognised in the Scottish Parliament and would like to thank Jean Urquhart and those who supported the motion for commending Shetland Arts on the project. Hansel of Film is a truly unique project covering the whole of the UK and we are absolutely delighted with the events so far."