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A Deeside student is in the running to win a national short film award.

Martin Symons, from Banchory, has been shortlisted by FilmG for his creation, Power of the Hood.

The 18-year-old, who is studying television production at Aberdeen College, spoke to the Piper about the award.

“I managed to get my film submitted just in time, and a couple of months later I got an email saying I was shortlisted for Best Student Film and I was over the moon when I read it.

“I’ve now been invited to the awards on the 18th of February in Glasgow, so I’m really looking forward to that.”

The comic strip film follows Blaire as he discovers the power he has when wearing his hooded top, though others misjudge and stereotype him.

“The film is a live action comic book called ‘Power of the Hood’ It highlights a hoodie as a power of fear. We see the main character go through a day wearing the hood.

“With innocent intentions he is still stereotyped as a thug and feared.”

The Gaelic media service, MG Alba launched FilmG in 2008 with the aim of unearthing new talent for the Gaelic digital channel, BBC Alba.

Martin said: “I’ve always had an interest in Gaelic and entered the competition after hearing of it through college.

“One of my friends, who is also a student from college, translated my original script and I did the adjustments to my film to translate it to Gaelic.”