Launched in 2015 CalMac Culture Screen is a new and exciting competition for which we have chosen the first winning film which premiered on the big screen this November. CalMac worked together with 29Studios to identify a young aspiring film-maker who had what it took to create a powerful film that featured the Scottish west coast islands.
29Studios worked with the Screen winner on a two-week specialised course with award-winning members of the 29studios team, learning from an exceptional team of film-making professionals.
The winner, 24 year-old Michael Westcott, who lives in Oban and who works at outdoor educational centre Stramash, chose to shoot his film on the Isle of Cumbrae. Michael's film, entitled 'Connecting the Isles' took the form of a three minute cinematic visit to the Isle of Cumbrae - through the eyes of 20 year-old Clare McGonigle from Largs, a trainee instructor at the National Water sports Centre on the island.
'Connecting the Isles' focuses on Clare as she journeys to work on the Isle of Cumbrae, her love of sailing and other water sports, as well as the key part the ferry plays in the lives of islanders. Watch Michael's entry film at the bottom of the page - his entry movie highlighted Michel's passion for both the Scottish west coast and wildlife.
Not only was Michael's success celebrated at a special premier event in Glasgow where the film was shown to a room full of friends, family, industry experts and Scottish travel fanatics, but is also set to be played by the Screen Machine - a Scottish cinema experience like no other. The Screen Machine will air the film as they travel the country in their 80 seat mobile cinema showing the latest releases up and down the west coast and islands.
Community owned and CalMac sponsored Oban Phoenix Cinema will also show 'Connecting the Isles' as a trailer before films on the CalMac Culture Screen.