goNORTH 2012, one of Scotland's largest creative industries festivals will run from the 6-7 June 2012 across the city of Inverness. It is a showcase for Scotland and brings the creative industries to the Highlands and Islands.
In its twelfth year, there will be an even greater emphasis on the screen and broadcast industries.
ScreenHI, the agency for developing the screen and broadcast industries in the Highlands and Islands, has announced new film and broadcast strands at goNORTH 2012. ScreenHI is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
For this year's festival, a new online radio station, goNORTH radio, will be launched. This will be a live streamed radio station broadcasting interviews with guest speakers and delegates, clips from films, live gigs, highlights from the workshops and seminars and specially recorded performances. The Festival Radio will be managed and delivered by ScreenHI's radio and media partner Dabster Productions along with 10 trainees from the across the Highlands and Islands.
ScreenHI has also announced that the opening date for submission of films for the Festival is Friday 27 January 2012. The submission strand is open to any filmmaker for any genre up to 30 minutes.
Key partnerships with industry from across the UK to deliver training and workshops throughout the Festival, have also been announced.
Amanda Millen, Screen and Broadcast Director, goNORTH and Director, ScreenHI, said: "This year will see a bigger and better screen and broadcast strand for goNORTH 2012 and we hope many people from across the Highlands and Islands, Scotland and internationally are able to attend this important creative industries festival.
"Something I'm really excited about this year, is the launch of Radio goNORTH, another way we're showcasing our talent here in Scotland while also developing our industry practitioners in the Highlands and Islands."
Key screen and broadcast announcements:
Launch of goNORTH radio:
Radio goNORTH will launch at goNORTH 2012. A live streamed radio station broadcasting interviews with guest speakers and delegates, clips from films, live gigs, highlights from the workshops and seminars and specially recorded performances.
The Festival Radio will be managed and delivered by ScreenHI's radio and media partner Dabster Productions along with 10 trainees from the across the Highlands and Islands who will learn how to run a radio station, thereby developing Scottish industry talent
Launch of the Call for film submissions for goNORTH 2012:
Together with its curated features strand, ScreenHI launches its call for short films which opens tomorrow - 27 January 2012. Submissions are open to any filmmaker - new talent, student or seasoned to submit any genre for up to 30mins.
Filmmakers will have the opportunity to show their films as part of a screening showcase at Celtic Media Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Tiree Festival, The Wickerman Festival and Loopallu. In addition, more European festival partners will be announced later in the year.
The programming of the films at goNORTH 2012 will be designed to get maximum audiences and exposure with ScreenHI showing films before workshops and training sessions as well as alongside curated features.
The submission window will close on Friday 30 March 2012.
Creative industries focused education and training:
ScreenHI are delighted to continue its ongoing partnerships from previous years and in particular, to be working with partners BBC Scotland, Celtic Media Festival, BAFTA in Scotland on training and workshops to be delivered throughout goNORTH 2012.
The workshops are designed to bring the industry to Highlands and Islands practitioners and offer networking opportunities. All panels, training and workshops will be free and open to industry and the public.
More announcements will be made in the run up to the goNORTH 2012 festival.
Notes to Editors
Scotland's premier Creative Industries festival will be held across several venues in Inverness city centre from 6-7 June 2012 and once more offers all panels, workshops and live showcases completely free of charge to industry and the public.
goNORTH was launched in 2001 to provide a platform for artists from the north of Scotland to showcase their talent to the music industry and media representatives. The event has since developed into one of the country's leading Creative Industries Festivals, covering a much wider remit from Screen and Broadcast to Designer Fashion and Publishing.
goNORTH 2011 was the most successful event to date with over 500 delegates and industry professions in attending events at over 13 city centre Inverness locations and venues. Highlights included 31 panel sessions and workshops, 33 film screenings and 70 bands showcasing their music.
Website - www.gonorth.biz
ScreenHI is the agency for developing the screen and broadcast industries in the Highlands and Islands. ScreenHI is one half of Creative Highland, together with GoEvents, and has been set up as a not-for-profit business to provide unique job, training and networking opportunities and to encourage local economic activity within the Creative Industries across the Highlands and Islands, specifically in the Music, Screen and Broadcast sectors. ScreenHI is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Website - www.screenhi.co.uk and www.creativehi.com