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Eden Court's new digital mini filmfest Inverness Film Festival Online: Scottish Shorts streams June 26-29


By Margaret Chrystall

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A NEW online film festival from Eden Court will “bring brilliant stories into the safety of people’s homes” that explore Scotland’s many faces.

The theatre announces a new digital mini-festival from June 26-29, showcasing more than 10 contrasting films – from outstanding Scottish filmmakers – which have previously screened at the Inverness Film Festival.

Across its 17-year history, the Inverness Film Festival – which is held each year in November – has always championed Scotland’s best filmmakers.

But with Eden Court currently closed, this retrospective has been created to both please regular cinemagoers and also introduce new audiences to the Inverness Film Festival and direct them towards the lively film community that exists in the Highlands and throughout Scotland.

Inverness Film Festival Online: Scottish Shorts will highlight specially-selected pieces of work that explore Scotland across a range of voices, places and events.

Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie Blackman referred to the theatre being closed during lockdown: “Eden Court is committed to bringing our audiences world-class film in our cinemas.

“Whilst we can’t do that from our beautiful cinemas, we are glad to have found a way to bring these brilliant stories into the safety of people’s homes.”

Newly-recorded video introductions and reflections from the filmmakers will also feature alongside the work presented.

Daniella Nardini in Duck Daze.
Daniella Nardini in Duck Daze.

The Outer Hebrides is a place of isolation and reckoning in both Alison Piper’s Duck Daze and Virginia Heath’s Lift Share.

Girlhood is explored in a small Highland fishing community in Sam Firth’s Creeling.

An anarchic girls school runs riot in Niamh McKeown’s stylish comedy Good Girls

And female empowerment collides with Highland legend in Robin Haig’s joyous Slingshot.

Inverness-native Tim Courtney’s powerful, BAFTA Scotland award-winning My Loneliness Is Killing Me tackles alienation and toxic masculinity in the LGBT+ community.

Moyo and Moraya Akande in 1745.
Moyo and Moraya Akande in 1745.

1745 highlights a forgotten part of Scotland’s history, tracing the story of two black slaves fleeing their captors into the wilds of 18th Century Scotland.

Musician-filmmaker Adam Stafford’s Scots-narrated No Hope For Men Below recounts the 1923 flooding of The Redding Pit in Falkirk.

Duncan Cowles discovers new things about his grandparents in the playful Directed By Tweedie.

Sophia Sheppard’s With The Rising Tide looks at community, craft and cultural heritage in the North East Coast, whilst Eathie – directed by Inverness Film Festival 2019 Audience Award-winner Mike Webster – takes us abseiling down a Highland gorge.

Mr Mackenzie Blackman said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to curate this mini-festival of Scottish shorts from some our most well respected film makers.”

All the films will be available to stream on Eden Court’s website from Friday, June 26 to Monday, June 29: www.eden-court.co.uk

This project is being supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.


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