XpoNorth Film Showcase 2017 Announced!

XpoNorth Film Showcase 2017 Announced!

Wed 26 Apr 2017 / News


Scotland's leading creative industries conference and showcase is delighted to announce its film showcase for XpoNorth 2017.

Inverness-based creative industries conference and showcase event, XpoNorth, has announced its prestigious curated programme of films which will screen during the two-day event on 7th and 8th June at Eden Court in Inverness.

Filmmakers from the Highlands and Islands and beyond, from the Arctic to Australia, were invited to submit short films of any genre and XpoNorth received just under 3000 entries from 112 countries across the world. Films were submitted via FilmFreeway, a global digital platform for emerging filmmakers to get their work seen by film festivals.

Of this number, 47 films will be screened in Eden Court’s Playhouse cinema from 10am - 3pm, while 26 short films will be screened at the start of every session of the conference.

The films will be screened alongside two curated programmes; one with the BFI Highland Film Academy and one with Screen Academy Scotland, which focuses on the European Connection.

In addition, two ground-breaking documentary feature films, made by Highlands-based filmmakers, will take centre stage at 3pm on both days of XpoNorth.

Caithness-based David Graham Scott's critically-acclaimed The End Of The Game, tells the story of a bizarre journey from Caithness to Africa made by Scott, a committed vegan, in the company of his old colonial neighbour, an ex-big game hunter called Guy Wallace.

Tristan Aitchison, who lives on the Black Isle, has also been inspired by Africa, but in a wholly different way. His film, Sidney & Friends, paints a vivid picture of what it's like to grow up living as an intersex or transgender person in one of the most conservative and intolerant regions in the world. 

The original soundtrack for Sidney & Friends is provided by composer Paul Terry (an IMA-nominated artist), and features vocal performances by Kenyan singer Silas Miami and The Voice South Africa 2016 finalist, Lana Crowster. Both artists will make a special appearance at XpoNorth

Scott's film, which was a hit among critics at The Glasgow Film Festival in February, will be shown at 3pm on Wednesday 7th June, while Aitchison's work will air at a special Cast & Crew screening at the same time on Thursday 8th June. 

Announcing XpoNorth's film programme, XpoNorth director, Amanda Millen said:

"When you put out a call for submissions, you never know what will come your way.  We had an amazing jury of film programmers this year from across Scotland and we were all impressed by the sheer variety of films which we encountered from across the globe."

"The quality of the shortlisted films from around the world is excellent which is all the more impressive when we’ve had a record number of Highlands & Islands films submitted, particularly new talent."  

“There’s a beautiful animation documenting life in the north west highlands through the eyes of a fisherman made by Alison MacPherson from Sutherland."  

From the documentary genre, Katrina Brown, whose work we’ve screened in the past and who is really shaping up to be a great storyteller, gives us a moving account of one woman’s personal journey from confirmed ‘non-sporty girl’ to outdoor adventure-lover.

For the second year running, the main conference and film showcasing elements of XpoNorth will take place at Eden Court with live music showcasing in the evenings at venues across the Highland capital. 

List of Showcase screenings:

XpoNorth Submission Films    
#NotAlone - Dirs. Sotiris Petridis, Dimitris Tsakaleas
A Slice Of Life - Dir. Phillip G Carroll Jr
Archway 0173 - Dir. Pat Knight
Bus Story - Dir. Jorge Yudice
Creeling - Dir. Sam Firth
Crowman - Dir. Duncan Nicoll
Custom Love - Dir. Jonathan Kebe
Eich Bhàna  - Dir. Alison MacPherson
El Trastero - Dir. Gaizka Urresti
Fomo Sapiens - Dir. Viktor Hertz
Fundamental - Dir. Shih-Chieh Chiu
Golden Love - Dir. Pavlo Ostrikov
Guillaume Drifting - Dir. Sylvain Dieuaide
Half Time - Dir. Arnaud Pelca
Happiness - Dir. Ana A. Alpizar
Hey, Sweetheart! - Dir. Sonia Méndez
I'm Still Here - Dir. Stuart Edwards
Inside The Van With The Bongo Club - Dir. Alex Esteve
Inverness Parkurn - Bringing the Community Together - Dir. Niall Ross
Kaska - Dir. Alexander Dannhauser
Kayla and Kyle - Dir. Andrew Rooke
Keeping Balance - Dir. Bernhard Wenger
Lace - Dirs. Таras Rybalchenko, Lidiya Huzhva
Limitless - Dir. Rory McLeod
Lunch Time - Dir. Alireza Ghasemi
Marvin's Island - Dirs. Pedro Oliveira, António Vieira, Filipa Burmester
Memories Of You - Dir. Bart Schrijver
Playing House - Dirs. Cenk Koksal, Ozgul Gurbuz
Splinter - Dir. Simon Fox
Stay - Dir. Neill Prentice 
The Bear Necessity - Dir. Eilidh Gow
The Big Class - Dir. Marie-Lou Béland
The Dress - Dir. Javier Marco
The Gift - Dir. Bolsunbek Taalaibek uulu
The Tower - Dir. Ali Araz
The Truants - Dir. Aaron Dunleavy  
Those Who Love - Dir. Nefise Lorentzen   
Timeline - Dir. Mikhail Romanovskiy
Touching The Rainbow - Dir. Serhat Serter
Unleavened Bread - Dir. Wilfried Méance
Unspoken Water - Dir. Sarah Blackie
Vanilla - Dir. Juan Beiro
Water Level Unkown - Dirs. Tomáš Lipský, Dužan Duong
Wedded or Bachelor? - Dirs. Cristina Piernas, Victoria Ruiz
Where We Are Now - Dir. Lucie Rachel
Wintry Spring - Dir. Mohamed Kamel
Words Of Atonement - Dir. Phillip G Carroll Jr

BFI Highland Film Academy    
Feral - Dir. Harris Palmer
Humanity - Dir. Lewis Wolstenhulme
Unconditional - Dir. Benedict Donnelly

Screen Academy Scotland presents the European Connection            
An (Un)natural Birth - Dir. Laura Kingwell        
Event Horizon - Dir. Joséfa Celestin        
Patata Tortilla - Dir. Ben Sharrock        
The Fifth Wall - Dir. Siniša Radosavljević        

Cast and Crew Screening    
Sidney & Friends - Dir. Tristan Aitchison

Special Screening    
The End Of The Game - Dir. David Graham Scott
Pre-Conference screenings:
Aeon - Dir. Derek O'Dell
Bicycle Song - Dir. Anna Malienko
Bike Portraits - Dir. Sashko Danylenko
Butterflies - Dir. Adnan Zandi
Capturing The Craic - Dir. David Souto
Cargo - Dirs. Ella Taborisky, Einat Nagar
Fastaqim - Dir. Abdullah Al Dasuki
Freed - Dir. Finn McNeill
Griotte - Dir. Christine Jaudoin
Here We Go Here We Go Here We Go - Dir. Roxana Vilk 
Inner Conflict - Dir. Bart Schrijver
Lóa Chlapp Þorri - Dirs. Líndal Guðnason, Siri Gunnarshaug
Matchstick Zombies - Dir. Jake Blakeston
People - Dir. Charlie Watts
Raising A Nuisance - Dir. LS. Quigley
Red - Dir. Hossein Keshavarzi
RotoJam: Winter Edition - Dir. Ashley Lo Russo
School of Shock - Dir. Steven Dorrington
Squirrel And Conker Boy - Dir. Louise Wilde
Tekkol - Dir. Jorn Leeuwerink
The Fisherman Of Lesbos - Dir. Nikolia Apostolou
The Light In The Dark - Dir. Victoria Dzhaparidze
The Old Croft - Dir. Greg McCarron
Trio - Dir. John Graham
Who Plays Othello? - Dir. David Fratini
Woman Up -  Dir. Katrina Brown

XpoNorth is funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund and is a business-to-business creative industries event offering free panels, masterclasses, keynote speeches, networking and training.

The only event of its kind in Scotland devoted to craft, fashion, textiles, writing, publishing, screen, broadcast, game development, design and music, XpoNorth is attended by leading creative industry insiders.