Stornoway film production company, MacTV, has won £28,500 of international funding for a proposed film on Scotland’s peatlands.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron congratulated MacTV on securing the investment from Canada Media Fund for the film project, Secrets in the Peat, which will explore the ancient secrets of peatlands, and the special relationship that communities have with them.

Mr Cameron said: “It is very encouraging to see Gaelic programming attracting such interest. It seems particularly appropriate that a Stornoway-based company should be involved in developing a project about peat, considering the cultural and historical importance of our peatlands to communities in the Western Isles.

“The fact that this announcement coincides with one by MG Alba which states that international agreements have brought additional content to the value of £8 million for BBC Alba, it just shows the potential that exists for building on our Gaelic-language heritage and creating distinctive new content.

“My congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this project together and I look forward to viewing the end-result when it is broadcast in 2021.”