THE 14th Inverness Film Festival is now over but the bar has been set higher than ever for the event’s 15th anniversary in 2017.
Over 2,600 tickets were sold for this year’s festival which is an impressive hike of over 400 on last year’s results.
The festival, consisting of 56 screenings including 24 Scottish and three UK premieres, took place from the 9th to the 13th November at Eden Court.
With a diverse programme to choose from, highlights included the Scottish premiere of A United Kingdom plus the new German comedy, Toni Erdman, which has received six nominations from the 2016 European Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Film.
There was a little bit of everything, from a 5.5-hour screening of Abel Gance’s 1927 masterpiece, Napoleon, to short films for under-fives, handpicked features and shorts from first time directors as well as an impressive number of Scottish and UK premieres from the likes of Spike Lee, Jim Jarmuch and Xavier Dolan.
The Times online got it right last week when they said of the festival that “it may be small, but it packs a cinematic punch alright”.
Eden Court CEO, Colin Marr, said: “The success of the festival is due to the quality of the programming and this year our festival director, Paul MacDonald Taylor, excelled himself with the number of premieres he attracted but also with his brilliant ‘Roof of the World Series’.
“Our audience loved the strand of films from Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan and Mongolia – many of which had never been seen in this country before.
“He’s already started work on next year’s programme but has set himself a hard target to beat.”
Festival director, Paul Macdonald-Taylor, said: “Given the hundreds of film festivals in the UK, it is a great privilege to be able to present films by these directors before anyone else in the country.”
The 2016 audience award went to The Eagle Huntress which was part of the ‘Roof of the World’ strand of films. The award was designed by the Hebrides based artist, Steve Dilworth, and, each year, the audience are the jury for the award that has so far ended up in three different continents
Dates for the 2017 Inverness Film Festival haven’t yet been announced but in will take place in November 2017 at Eden Court Inverness.
For further information, interview requests or to arrange picture opportunities, please contact Eden Court marketing manager, Teresa Bendoris / firstname.lastname@example.org / 01463 239 841
Notes to editors:
• Eden Court is a registered charity and is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland housing two theatres, two cinemas, two dance studios and conference and meeting spaces. It presents around 450 live performances and 2,000 film screening every year as well as almost 60 classes a week. This activity attracts an audience of over 300,000 people every year.
• Eden Court runs the largest creative learning programme of any UK theatre. As well as the extensive programme of weekly classes it also has creative workers throughout the Highlands working in schools and running youth theatre and dance companies. It is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. Pupils from across the Highlands have the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or Intermediate 2 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams. Eden Court is also the Scottish Government’s partner for Cashback for Creativity where seized criminal assets are redistributed to provide meaningful artistic activity for young people at risk.
• Eden Court is a registered charity and is grateful to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland and the Highland Council
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