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Scotland The World Over

An amazing film made by Scots and Scots at heart in 32 countries around the globe is set to receive its worldwide premiere.

‘Scotland The World Over’ will be unveiled by Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

The film is a social media collaboration involving more than 1,500 people from all over the globe, and was created using 715 images with a Saltire in the centre of the frame taken between St Andrew’s Day and Burns Night. It will go live on the website at 9am on Wednesday February 1, 2012.

The initiative to celebrate Scotland’s international relationships is hosted by BAFTA Award-winning online community - which shares over 1.5 million images from over 170 countries, each representing a single day in someone's life - in partnership with

The Culture Secretary said:

"Scotland is a creative and innovative nation, rich in culture and heritage, and renowned for the warm welcome we extend to all our friends from across the world. ‘Scotland the World Over’ is a fantastic showcase of Scottish creativity on the global stage which has captured the imagination of more than 1,500 people at home and abroad.

"As well as a stunning compilation of iconic images, the finished film is a visual celebration of Scotland’s contribution to the world, and I am delighted that so many Scots and Scots at heart have taken part in this exciting collaboration."

Joe Tree, CEO and founder of Blipfoto, said:

"From a Chinese school to an Inuit village, and from Times Square to Bondi Beach, people around the globe have come together to help create an iconic, quirky and captivating short film that celebrates a love of Scotland.

"Blipfoto was born and bred here, but what started as a small, local phenomenon has exploded and spread the world over. We're very proud of our roots, so we were excited to help create something amazing to celebrate Scotland's worldwide reach."

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  • The film will also be viewable through Scotland The World Over iPhone App, which is available to download for free from the App store.
  • The film will be shown at a special red carpet screening at Edinburgh’s Festival Square on Sunday February 5, 2012 with special guests Clanadonia playing the official soundtrack live from 2pm.
  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland.