First Dunoon Film Festival announced

Jonathan Melville 10 January, 2013 0
First Dunoon Film Festival announced

The organisers of the inaugural Dunoon Film Festival have announced three day kino-ceilidh running celebrating the rich diversity of homegrown Scottish cinema.

Based at Dunoon’s historic Burgh Hall, the festival will run from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June and will also showcase films from around the globe that invite the viewer to travel, explore and dream of distant places. The festival promises to celebrate the best of Scottish filmmaking past and present, with revivals of neglected classics and showcases of emerging talent.

Some major Scottish film personalities will travel to Dunoon to present their work while the Year of Natural Scotland will be reflected in their film choices. The festival will acknowledge Dunoon’s history as a favoured holiday destination with a chance to go doon the watter with international films that reflect a holiday mood.

Festival curator Allan Hunter said: “I am really excited by all the ideas and hopes we have for the first Dunoon Film Festival. It is a wonderful opportunity to create something completely fresh that can make its own distinctive contribution to Scotland’s love affair with the movies.

“We aim to blend familiar classics with rare gems in a programme that is accessible to everyone from dedicated film buffs to fun-loving families.”

The festival will be preceded by a three day ‘summer school’ for emerging filmmakers, in association with Glasgow Short Film Festival, featuring some exciting industry mentors, and the festival will also offer a programme of events for schools and families.

Acknowledging the success of small festivals in Cromarty, Bo’ness and elsewhere across the country, Dunoon Film Festival aims to become a vital annual contribution to Scotland’s rich and diverse film culture. For three days and nights in midsummer, Dunoon’s waterfront will shimmer with movie magic and memorable events.

Dunoon Film Festival has been made possible by the generous support of Creative Scotland. Full programme details will be announced in mid-May 2013. Updates will appear at www.burghhalldunoon.com in due course.