CFF 2019

CFF 2019 News

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It's here! The full programme and guest list for the 13th Cromarty Film Festival has been announced on this website today! Settle down to peruse the array of fabulous movies, workshops and events ...
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Cromarty Film Festival 2019

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What general election? That's what we want everyone to be thinking the weekend before we all go to the polls. Much better to concentrate of getting to the Cromarty Film Festival 2019 and selectin...
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2019 Guests

  • Lesley Riddoch
    Lesley Riddoch Lesley is one of Scotland's best-known commentators and broadcasters. With three decades of journalism and radio under her belt, she now runs her own independent radio and podcast company and advocates for new solution...
  • Denise Mina
    Denise Mina Best-selling author Denise has won multiple awards for her crime fiction, including the acclaimed Garnethill trilogy and more recently, The Long Drop and Conviction. A frequent contributor to radio programmes such as Saturday...
  • Stuart Wilson
    Stuart Wilson Stuart is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated sound recordist and engineer who has worked on some of Hollywood's biggest epics and with some of the most distinctive directors of our day, such as Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderso...
  • Zara Balfour
    Zara Balfour Zara is an award-winning director, producer and writer with 18 years experience in all forms of documentary, specialising in films about the world we live in and people and cultures worldwide. She will be introducing her fir...
  • Vicki Lesley
    Vicki Lesley Vicki brings her first independent documentary, The Atom: A Love Affair to the festival for only its second public screening. After a busy career in the television industry, Vicki left to concentrate on the crowdfunding and ...
  • Christopher Hird
    Christopher Hird Christo is an old friend of Cromarty Film Festival, as well as a leading figure in UK independent documentary-making. With Dartmouth Films, he has pioneered new ways of funding, producing and distributing documentaries i...
  • Sanne Jehoul
    Sanne Jehoul This year, our popular short film selections will be curated by Sanne from Glasgow Short Film Festival. Sanne is a colleague of Matt Lloyd, our usual programmer, and brings the same passion and care to the selection.
  • Lawrence Sutcliffe
    Lawrence Sutcliffe Lawrence is our Doctor of Film. He possesses a worryingly thorough knowledge of every obscure Scottish or Scottish-themed film out there. We feared that there was no more couthy nonsense to be discovered, but never dou...
  • Cat Bruce & Keith Duncan
    Cat Bruce & Keith Duncan Cat and Keith return to Cromarty to run another fantastic hands-on animation workshop. Cat is an award-winning animator and director based in Edinburgh and a wonderful teacher of ingenious animation technique...

Our CFF 2019 Films

Friday, December 6th 2019

  • Films On The Lighthouse
    18:30
    Cromarty Lighthouse Cromarty
    Our traditional open-air opener of amusing short films selected this year by Sanne Jehoul and projected onto the lighthouse. Join us for a mulled wine or a dram around the fire. FREE
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
    19:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 15 1996 121mins Director: Renny Harlin Guest: Lesley Riddoch An amnesiac action thriller starring the wonderful Geena Davis as a suburban single mom and teacher, looking to recover her past identity with the help of wise-crackin...
  • Joker
    21:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert 15 2019 122mins Director: Todd Phillips An empathetic study of mental breakdown or an apologia for violent behaviour? Joker has become one of the most talked about films of the year, with an indelible performance by Joaquin Phonei...

Saturday, December 7th 2019

  • Toy Story Workshop
    09:00
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Join us for a model-making workshop before we go To Infinity and Beyond! We'll have arts and crafts for the wee ones in a 45-minute workshop in preparation for Toy Story 4. Whether you want to be Buzz or Woody, Bo Peep or new arrival '...
  • Toy Story 4
    10:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert U 2019 100mins Director: Josh Cooley Don't miss Woody, Buzz, beloved old friends and new, in this final exciting adventure to save Bonnie's new toy creation, Forky. 25 years on, the characters are surprisingly as fresh, fu...
  • Animation & Sound Workshop
    10:00 - 13:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    "It's always ourselves we find in the sea" BAFTA award-winning animator, Cat Bruce, and sound designer, Keith Duncan, return to Cromarty this year following the success of last year's wee film created over the festival weeken...
  • Children Of The Snow Land
    10:15
    The Stables
    Cert PG 2018 97mins Director: Zara Balfour & Marcus Stephenson Guests: Zara Balfour & introduced by Christo Hird A wonderfully touching film about five teenagers returning from boarding school in Kathmandu to their homes in t...
  • The Constant Gardener
    11:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 15 2005 129mins Director: Fernando Meirelles Guest: Stuart Wilson An intelligent and moving political thriller that should be held right up there with All The Presidents Men and The Killing Fields. Rachel Weisz received an Oscar...
  • International Short Films
    13:00
    Old Buoy Store
    90 mins This year's selection of highlights from the Glasgow Short Film Festival International Competition takes us from belly laughs to quiet reflection, and includes Audience Award-winner Tungrus, in which a pet rooster causes family ten...
  • Her Century
    13:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    2019 90min including discussion Curated by: Emily Munro From work to home, classroom to croft, girlhood to motherhood, women in Scotland over the last 100 years have lived through, inspired and created major social change. Her Century exp...
  • Animation & Sound Workshop
    14:00 - 17:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    "It's always ourselves we find in the sea" BAFTA award-winning animator, Cat Bruce, and sound designer, Keith Duncan, return to Cromarty this year following the success of last year's wee film created over the festival weeken...
  • Stuart Wilson - The Art Of Noise
    15:00
    Old Buoy Store
    Talk: 60mins Wrapped up in the world of a film, we sometimes miss the fact that it's the sound as much as the visuals that are making us feel the way we do. Sound mixer, Stuart Wilson, has a towering CV - taking in James Bond and Star Wars...
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
    16:00
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 12 2018 134mins Director: Bryan Singer It wouldn't be a festival without some sing-along action. Remi Malek won an Oscar and BAFTA for his uncanny performance as Freddy Mercury in this film following Queen from the formation o...
  • For Sama
    17:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert 18 2019 100mins Director: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts This autobiographical documentary follows the life of a young female journalist through love, marriage and childbirth in war-torn Syria. A beautiful story of strength and stru...
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    17:45
    Slaughterhouse Coffee
    Cert 15 2014 99mins Director: Wes Anderson Wes Anderson's glorious 1930s confection is a multi-facetted delight with a hard nugget of politics at its core. Packed to the rafters with stars, but dominated by Ralph Fiennes's cent...
  • The Man From Planet X
    19:00
    Old Buoy Store
    Cert PG 1951 71mins Director: Edgar G Ulmar Mysterious "Planet X" has entered our solar system and is now near Earth. A spaceship from the planet lands on an isolated fog-shrouded Scottish moor, and a space-suited humanoid em...
  • The Night Of The Hunter
    19:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 12 1955 92mins + chat Director: Charles Laughton Guest: Denise Mina The favourite film choice of writer Denise Mina, The Night of the Hunter is an extraordinary expressionist thriller, the only film ever directed by Charles Laug...
  • Kenny
    20:30
    Slaughterhouse Coffee
    Cert 15 2006 99mins Director: Clayton Jacobsen It wouldn't be CFF at the Slaughterhouse without some Aussie comedy! This year brings a touching mockumentary about a man who takes pride in his job. From the biggest festival to the s...
  • Eighth Grade
    21:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert 15 2019 94mins Director: Bo Burnham A little masterpiece and one of the most powerful films of the year, Burnham's debut turns the experiences of one 13 year-old girl into something both universal and epic. In her final week o...

Sunday, December 8th 2019

  • Animation & Sound Workshop
    10:00 - 13:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    "It's always ourselves we find in the sea" BAFTA award-winning animator, Cat Bruce, and sound designer, Keith Duncan, return to Cromarty this year following the success of last year's wee film created over the festival weeken...
  • The Atom: A Love Affair
    10:15
    The Stables
    2019 92mins Director: Vicki Lesley Featuring a wealth of fantastic archive footage and revealing interviews with those who had first hand experience, The Atom tells the turbulent story of the West's love-hate relationship with nuclea...
  • The Breadwinner
    11:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert 12A 2018 94mins Director: Nora Twomey A treat for animation fans of all ages, this Oscar-nominated film about a courageous girl who seeks to save her father from the Taliban is a magical adaptation of the novel by Deborah Ellis. A...
  • Scottish Short Films
    11:00
    Old Buoy Store
    90 mins Our showcase of the best new Scottish shorts includes everything from fiction and documentary to animation and artists' moving image. These are stories about community and connection, in its broadest sense. Catch GSFF19's Scott...
  • Downton Abbey
    13:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert PG 2019 122mins Director: Michael Engler Believe me, we tried to dodge this bejewelled juggernaut, but sometimes you have to bow down to popular demand and let it roll over you. Julian Fellowes' addictive storytelling has made...
  • Faroe Islands - The Connected Nation
    13:00
    Old Buoy Store
    2018 30mins + discussion + 12min Greenpeace film Director: Lesley Riddoch and Al McMaster Guest: Lesley Riddoch One of the Nation trilogy of films made by Lesley Riddoch exploring the very different path our Nordic neighbours have foll...
  • Shoplifters
    13:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 15 2018 121mins Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda A family of small-time crooks living a precarious life in Tokyo take in a child they find outside in the cold. This is a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraord...
  • Salt Of The Earth
    16:00
    Ben's House Cromarty
    Cert 12 2014 110mins Director: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado For 40 years acclaimed Magnum photographer Sebastiao Salgado has travelled the world, capturing moments that have defined the worst of humanity - wars, famine, the mas...
  • 24 Hour Party People
    16:30
    The Stables
    Cert 18 2002 117mins Director: Michael Winterbottom A colourful and chaotic film capturing the spirit of the Manchester music scene from the first Sex Pistols concert to the last bankruptcy. With a stand-out central performance by Stev...
  • Madeleine
    16:30
    Old Buoy Store
    Cert U 1950 114mins Director: David Lean Lean's film is based on the true story of Madeleine Smith, a young Glasgow woman from a wealthy family who was arrested in 1857 for the poisoning of her lover, leading to 'the trial of t...
  • Gala Dinner & Finale: Won't You Be My Neighbor?
    19:00
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    Cert 12A 2018 94mins Director: Morgan Neville Won't you join us for a splendid finale to the festival with a communal curry meal and assorted cheer before we push back our chairs and enjoy Won't You Be My Neighbor?, a documenta...
  • Judy
    20:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    Cert 12 2019 118mins Director: Rupert Goold The dark side of the golden age of stardom is captured in this new biopic of Judy Garland, featuring a bravado performance by Renee Zellweger. Thirty years have passed since Judy shot to glob...