Sean is right on cue to inspire new film talent

Sean McInally
Sean McInally

A talented teenager from Bishopbriggs is behind an 
exciting new festival for young filmmakers in 

Sean McInally (18), a digital film and television student at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, is directing the First Act Film Festival in the city next month.

Sean, who won the Kirkintilloch Herald Series ‘Young Writer of the Year’ award back in 2009 at the age of 11, said: “As a film student and independent filmmaker I know how important it is to have your work recognised by audiences beyond the Youtube comments section – by real people in a darkened room.

“I’m ecstatic to be putting together the First Act Film Festival, because it offers young filmmakers like myself the chance to be noticed, and celebrated.”

The festival, taking place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts on March 29, will give aspiring filmmakers under the age of 25 the chance to showcase their work.

Submissions are open now for films under 15 minutes in length and will close on March 1.

Short films can be submitted at

The First Act Film festival committee will review submissions and decide on the official selection, as well as the winners of the Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.

Successful filmmakers will be invited to attend on the night to see their film on the big screen.

Festival partner, the Glasgow Youth Arts Hub, can offer transport or financial support to any young person struggling to attend on the night.

Sean said: “I encourage anyone hiding away their little gem to submit it and would say to all aspiring filmmakers, now is the time to make your first film.”

So far, the committee has received around 500 submissions.

Sean added: “I don’t want Scottish artists to have to flee the country but to realise their dreams here, at home.”