The twelfth Cromarty Film Festival has a well-rounded sound to it – who would have thought we would get to the dozen? We have excellent guests – our Scots Makar (poet) Jackie Kay, actor Gregor Fisher, directors Michael Radford, Molly Dineen and Callum Macrae among them.
We’ll be celebrating the glories of Midnight Cowboy and Double Indemnity, exploring the making of 1984 with its director and featuring the powerful new documentaries, Being Blacker and The Ballymurphy Precedent, among a veritable bouquet of debuts, blockbusters, archive, shorts, couthy gems and zombie thrillers.
The winter winds blew in off the Atlantic early this year, and so, due to ferry cancellations, instead of attending the first planning meeting of the festival I was sitting on my bed in Stornoway viewing the event by FaceTime. What I saw in blurry wide shot, was the Committee, working, laughing, drinking and deciding. A group of disparate and dedicated volunteers bonded by their love of film and Cromarty.
Between them they have created something very special.
Viewing it from afar was a good experience for me as this is my last year on the Committee and it felt like I was already slipping away. Each year we pass on to new members like a creative relay. The Festival is in safe hands.
I have had a great time working for the Festival and I know it will, dependent on funding, go on astounding us with the warm immediacy of viewing films together, our guests helping to illuminate the experience. But it is only with our audience attending the films and whispering their support that the whole festival feels real. Thank you for that.
Leaving the best to last, the Cromarty Community Cinema got planning permission and it looks like, with a lot of hard work and a final crowdfunding push, next year’s 13th Film Festival will be premiering our new, cosy state-of- the-art cinema by the ferry slip.
What an achievement and a joy. Our own cinema to extend the work that the Society and Film Festival are living proof of – the joy of communal cinema.
Thanks, as usual, to Paul Taylor and Eden Court; our Designer Jules Akel; David Urquhart our newly appointed Technical Director; all the volunteers; Gail Stuart-Martin our brilliant Administrator and you, our loyal audience.
Don Coutts, Chair, Cromarty Film Festival
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In 2017 we were lucky to have animator, Ross Hogg, run workshops throughout the weekend.
Take a look at the fantastic results:
Also... if you fancy giving an ear to a short audio soundscape, have a listen to this fabulous audio composition .
It's a selection of interviews and odd moments from the 2016 festival put together by the lovely Ian Niven.
Film critic, Karen Krizanovich, reviewed the Cromarty Film Festival in 2015...read the full piece here.
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