16th Inverness Film Festival begins in November

Inverness Film Festival will run from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 November at Eden Court. This year’s theme is celebrating our European neighbours with films from France, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Poland and Turkey, as well as those further afield in Bhutan, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Iran, Japan, Kenya and Lebanon.

The festival will feature new Scottish films, Karen Gillan’s The Party’s Just Beginning, Blazing Griffin’s Anna and the Apocalypse and Singer Films’ Dirt Road to Lafayette, as well as over 30 new short films from Scotland or Scottish directors, including Lift Share from Faction North.

Lift Share was produced and commissioned by Scottish Talent Film Network with funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Karen Gillan, who is an ambassador for Eden Court, will attend the preview of her film and participate in a Q&A. Anna and the Apocalypse and Dirt Road to Lafayette both received support from the National Lottery via Creative Scotland’s Targeted Screen Fund and Production Funding.

Karen Gillan in The Party's Just Beginning

To mark what would have been the 100th birthday of one of Scotland’s most innovative filmmakers, Margaret Tait, Inverness Film Festival will be hosting the first screening of a new restoration of her only feature film, Blue Black Permanent, with an introduction from Dr Sarah Neely, author of Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait. A selection of Maraget Tait’s shorter films will be screened on Thursday 8 November.

On Thursday 8 November, Lawrence Sutcliffe, from the Highlands of Scotland Film Commission, will be giving a talk about the history of the Academy Street cinemas, Playhouse, La Scala and Empire Theatre. Lawrence has also programmed some films that were screened in those cinemas, in the week of the festival, fifty, sixty and seventy years ago.

Find out more about Inverness Film Festival's screenings and events on their website.

Watch the trailer for Anna and the Apocalypse below. Rated 15.