The first Hebrides International Film Festival (HIFF) will take place from 22nd- 27th September 2014 as part of the new Hebtember initiative in the Western Isles.
The festival presents an outstanding line-up of international and Scottish award-winning environmental feature films, documentaries and shorts.
With films such as ‘Kiss the Water’, ‘More than Honey’, ‘Sand Wars’, ‘Revolution’, and ‘Chasing Ice’, HIFF 2014 aims to highlight the diverse range of current environmental issues relevant to communities on both a local and global level.
Accompanying the feature screenings, a delightful children’s selection will include the beautiful Chinese fairytale film ‘Cinderella Moon’ and a collection of international shorts and animations.
The festival, which has an environmental theme, aims to inspire, entertain and inform audiences on international actions and issues around environmental change.
The programmed films present outstanding cinematography and location shooting, taking viewers to some of the most beautiful and remote environments in the world with the intention of increasing our understanding of what is happening in our environment on a global scale today.
With three film screenings a day in nine rural venues throughout the islands, the festival will bring the big screen cinema experience out to rural audiences as well as present films in the existing arts centres at Taigh Chearsabhagh and An Lanntair.
In Lewis, the festival days will take place in Shawbost, Lionel, Uig and Bernera, and in Harris, Leverburgh and Tarbert.
Community venues in Uist will include Berneray, Balivanich, and St Peter’s Hall in Daliburgh.
Members of the public are also being invited to get involved in some of the HIFF outreach events, like the call for 1-3 minute mobile phone films – the winners will be screened during the festival.
A photography competition seeking outstanding Hebridean pictures is also being planned, the winners of which will be exhibited locally during the festival.
Watch out also for film-maker lectures and Q&A sessions after some screenings, and the pop-up cinema in Stornoway screening environmental shorts and feature trailers.
Stornoway-based production company Rural Nations, the lead partner of the event, is privileged to be able to deliver this environmental festival to rural island communities through its continued collaboration with the Arts Nan Eilean promoters over the last few years.
This unique and inspiring environmental festival has been programmed by Paul Taylor of Eden Court Theatre and Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Director at Rural Nations, with input from Andy Mackinnon of Uist Film and the rural venue promoters.
With funding from Regional Screen Scotland and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, this is the first of the annual film festivals being planned for the islands.
HIFF organisers want to encourage audiences to travel green and enable wider access to visiting rural venues, so buses will be running from Stornoway twice a day to all the rural venues in Lewis and Harris. Each venue is providing various refreshments and food between screenings.
Further details including screening times and full descriptions of the films and links to trailers can be found in the Festival Programme or online at:
www.hebfilmfestival.org or www.facebook.com/HebFilmFest.
For information and all bookings Tel: 01851 700475
Dates and venues:
Monday 22nd September: Ionad na Seann Sgoil, Shawbost, Isle of Lewis
Tuesday 23rd September: Tarbert Community Centre, Isle of Harris
Wednesday 24th September : Leverburgh Village Hall, Isle of Harris
Thursday 25th September: Spòrsnis, Isle of Lewis & Berneray Community Hall, North Uist
Friday 26th September : Bernera Community Centre, Isle of Lewis & Balivanich Community Centre, Isle of Benbecula
Saturday 27th September : Uig Community Centre, Isle of Lewis & St Peters Hall, South Uist & An Lanntair, Stornoway
22nd to 27th September: Short film screenings through the week at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist and in the HIFF pop up cinema in Stornoway Town Centre.