MOVIES are the new Rock ‘n’ Roll, and to prove it Scotland is to get what is believed to be a first outdoor film festival of its type.
The Just About Movies (JAM) event is to be held over three days between August 29 and 31 in the grounds of Tullibole Castle in Perthshire.
Complete with two camping grounds, one with an outdoor movie screen in partnership with Perth Playhouse Cinema, and at least four dedicated pop-up cinema marquees showing a variety of films, from classic to cult and sci-fi to horror, it has received the backing of some of Scotland’s best-known screen names.
Cinema celebrities such as David Hayman and Peter Mullen are among a number of actors, directors, script writers and other film folk expected to attend the event which has been hailed as the country’s first custom-created outdoor film festival.
David Hayman, who has agreed to be an ambassador for the event, said: “The magic and wonder of film has touched all our lives, sometimes in very profound ways. Film gives us memories for life and Just About Movies has found a way of sharing a love of film in a new, fun way. I am extremely proud to be the patron of the exciting new JAM Festival.”
Run on the same lines as the nearby T in the Park at Balado, but with multiple cinemas instead of music stages, those attending the over-18s only festival can camp for the weekend and enjoy a celebration of cinema which includes an all-night horror experience in a special theatre designed by A1 comics.
Joe Baillie, one of the organisers behind the event, said: “The JAM festival is a completely new kind of event for movie fans. There’s nothing else like it in the UK. While there may be other festivals that stage outdoor screenings over a number of days this is the first time film fans can get together for 72 hours straight, creating the same kind of atmosphere you get at a music festival.
“A decade ago there were probably only a few hundred film festivals in the world and now there are thousands. Cinema audiences are on the rise and people are increasingly interested in all aspects of the movie making process.
“JAM will be an access-all-areas event where the audience can mix with movie makers, actors and fellow film fans to enjoy a real behind the scenes VIP experience. It’s a chance to have a great weekend, watch some fantastic films and maybe even help a good cause.”
There will be an auction of memorabilia to raise money for Medicinema.org.uk, a charity which aims to bring the joy and escapism of cinema to patients undergoing treatment for complex illnesses and injuries in hospitals around the UK.
On top of the cinema screenings there will also be plenty of other attractions for film buffs, including an exclusive collection of movie related toys and collectibles on sale from A1 Comics who are the key sponsors of the SciFi & Horror Cinema.
Tickets for the JAM Festival are available from www.justaboutmovies.co.uk
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