Islay to host Small Islands Film Festival 2008

The 2008 Film nan Eilean Beaga (Small Islands Film Festival 2008) will take place on Islay. Ray Burnett from the Small Islands Film Trust has confirmed that Islay is their first choice of location, with the festival to be hosted by Ionad Chaluim Chille ÃŒle. The decision follows his recent visit and discussions with the operators of the Screen Machine which will be an integral part of the festival. Final discussions concerning funding are taking place, but it is hoped that the festival will take place over three days from the 3rd to the 5th October 2008. Andy Macdonald from Ionad Chaluim Chille ÃŒle was delighted with the news, saying 'The Small Islands Film Festival was a great success when it took place for the first time last year on Eriskay. This is an excellent opportunity for Islay, and could become a regular event with something for everyone to enjoy.'

The festival will celebrate island life with themes covering Islay, island life and the connections with Ireland. This will bring together film-makers, media students and anyone who enjoys films to view, discuss and enthuse. Over seventy years of film representation of the small island communities of Scotland, Ireland and beyond will be available to view. A major aspect of the festival will be the representation in film of island communities and the presentation and portrayal of their Gàidhlig/Gaeilge culture, often in conflicting and ambiguous ways. Along with archive and contemporary films of Islay, there will be major film releases such as Seachd and old favourites such as 'The Maggie'. Guest speakers from the film industries of Scotland and Ireland will chair discussions after the viewings. The Small Islands Film Trust would like to find the best of film from Islay, and anyone interested in supporting the festival should contact Andy Macdonald at Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle on 810 300.

This article was published with kind permission of the Ileach local newspaper.

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