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XpoNorth 2015 Film Showcasing List Announced

04 May 2015

Inverness-based creative industries festival, XpoNorth, which promotes creative careers throughout the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, has received almost 3,000 entries from filmmakers across the globe looking to be part of its prestigious film showcase programme.

XpoNorth director, Amanda Millen, put a call out for submissions in January this year for short films to screen at the festival which takes place in the Highland capital in June.

As well as receiving submissions from the Highlands & Islands, the rest of Scotland, Ireland and other parts of the UK, Amanda was delighted when just under 3,000 films flooded in from 107 countries, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Iran and Nepal. Most of the films were submitted via FilmFreeway, a global digital platform for filmmakers to get their work seen by film festivals.

Now, with the festival just six weeks away, 104 films have been successful in their bid to be screened before an influential audience of screen and broadcast professionals. The list includes local home-grown talent from the Highlands & Islands.

XpoNorth (formerly goNORTH) takes place this year on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June at venues across the Highland capital.

According to Millen, a former BBC producer who also heads up ScreenHI, the screen and broadcast wing of XpoNorth, the sheer volume of submissions has made the selection process a challenge,

She said: “It’s been a fascinating process and a real insight into how grassroots filmmaking is thriving in every corner of the globe. The digital age is opening doors for people to make films on a budget wherever they are based. There were some very strong submissions from filmmakers based in the Highlands and Islands and other parts of Scotland.

"XpoNorth is all about giving a platform to emerging talent and offering free practical, hands-on support all year round.”

This year, the screen and broadcast element of XpoNorth is being boosted by the presence of The Screen Machine, the 80-seat, air conditioned mobile cinema which is more usually seen in far-flung corners of the Highlands and Islands.

The Screen Machine will be based in the centre of Inverness for the duration of XpoNorth and will provide a unique viewing point for festival delegates to watch featured films. Of the selected films, 78 will be shown in the Screen Machine, while 26 will screen as part of the conference programme.

Special evening programmes include Screen Academy Scotland celebrating ten years in business with a special programme of shorts and a bespoke programme curated by Richard Warden of The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

A highlight of this will be a screening of controversial Thurso filmmaker, David Graham Scott’s, autobiographical film, Detox or Die. Described as an ‘in-depth portrait of a small-time drug addict seeking redemption’, it tracks his own quick-fix style attempt to shake off a 20-year-long addiction to opiates.

To top off this fantastic feast of film, Millen is introducing The Golden Hour to XpoNorth audiences. Named after cinematographers’ favourite time of the day, the hour just after sunrise or before sunset when the light is softer, XpoNorth will present a selection of Millen’s top picks from partner film festivals.

Details of the full festival XpoNorth conference programme will follow on Tuesday 12th May.


About XpoNorth:

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth festival is devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands and beyond and takes place this year in Inverness on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th June.

The only event of its kind in Scotland devoted to crafts, publishing, screen and broadcast as well as music, XpoNorth is also attended by leading creative industry insiders, who take part in workshops, panels and masterclass sessions over the course of both days.

XpoNorth, is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The four genres under the collective banner of XpoNorth are:

XpoNorth Crafts/Fashions/Textiles and XpoNorth Writing and Publishing
Supported by Emergents, the network which co-ordinates HIE industry networks for craft, fashion and textiles as well as writing and publishing. It is managed by Pamela Conacher and Peter Urpeth, who both bring extensive experience in their respective fields of craft, fashion and textiles, and writing and publishing, to XpoNorth.

XpoNorth Screen and Broadcasting
ScreenHI is headed up by Amanda Millen, who is also director of XpoNorth. ScreenHI is the Screen and Broadcast Industry Network for the Highlands and Islands and has been operating for four years. It offers experiences, job opportunities and industry networking to screen and broadcast businesses in the Highlands & Islands.

XpoNorth Music is managed by former goNORTH music producer Alex Smith along with the team at Ironworks Venue. It has been established as the new Music Industry Network for the Highlands and Islands and will be delivered by Ironworks Group. The 2014 festival showcase schedule in Inverness included much-lauded emerging artists such as Neon Waltz, Baby Strange, Ella The Bird, Hector Bizerk and Broken Records.

Website: www.xponorth.co.uk
Twitter: @XpoNorth
Facebook: www.facebook.com/xponorth
Instagram: www.instagram/xponorth
Hashtag: #xponorth

 

  • The film showcase list in full:
     

'About Me'
Adam Galloway
Canada

1-0
Saman Hosseinuor
Iran

1900-2000
Benoit Berthe
France

3 Shades
Vivek Joshi
India

A Friend of Ours

Joey Jameson
Australia

A Lost Youth
Andy Salamonczyk
United Kingdom

A Time Of Freedom
Douglas McDowall
United Kingdom

A Wee Night In
Stuart Edwards
United Kingdom

Adana Kebap
Özgür Barut
Turkey

Agradecimento
Diego Akel
Brazil

All You Do Is Shag
Manu Bueno
Spain

Anatomy of a Sunbeam
Larica Perera
Canada

Arty Anne
Marcin Walczak
United Kingdom

As He Lay Falling
Ian Waugh
United Kingdom

Available Light
John Edwards
United Kingdom

Baby At Any Price
Clicquot Guillaume
France

Backward Run
Ayce Kartal
Turkey

Better Than Tomorrow
EuiJeong Hong
United Kingdom

Botev is an idiot
Deyan Bararev
Bulgaria

Calling Ukraine
Jean Counet
Netherlands

Camouflage
Lucinda Verweij
Netherlands

ChatRoulette
Alexander Thomas
United Kingdom

Children's Allowance
Brian Stynes
Ireland

Chinatown
Mehmet Gözetlik
Turkey

Cold War
Julija Proskurina
Ukraine

Companion
Sean O'Neill
United States

Curse of the Society
Naimur Rahman Jeem
Bangladesh

Daily Bread
Betsy Tsai
United States

Dark Side of the Earth
Acim Vasic
United Kingdom

Deer and Firework
Cheng Yixuan
China

Different People
Kirill Kosolapov
Russia

Directed by Tweedie
Duncan Cowles
United Kingdom

Dropping Off Michael
Zam Salim
United Kingdom

e-Social
Natalia Lampropoulou
Greece

Elysia
Greg McCarron
United Kingdom

Everything For The Movies
Lukas Buys
Belgium

False Allegory
Greg Doble
Canada

First Ascent
Katrina Brown
United Kingdom

Fly With Me
Joelle Tyea Enver
Singapore

Freistil
Jannis Lenz
Austria

Go Daan Go!
Mari Sanders
Netherlands

Happy New Year
Joseph Israel Laban
Philippines

Harvest
Kit McDee
Australia

Heaven Group
André Nyström
Sweden

Heavyweight
Jesper Quistgaard
Denmark

Hole
Parnaz Rad
Iran

I've just had a dream
Javi Navarro
Spain

James and the Urn
Louis Clark
United Kingdom

Kapi
Burak Cilsal
Turkey

Keys, Money, Phone
Roger Young
South Africa

KiaRex
Yandong Qiu
United States

Love Refrain
Silvia Capitta
Italy

Lovearthcam
Aitor Marín Correcher
Spain

Magarwasi
Kartik Gupta
India

Michel
Romain Richard
France

Moments
Chris Cronin
United Kingdom

Money Box
Muzappar Osman
China

My Sardasht
Ziba Arzhang
Iran

Norman is Lost
Joseph Felton
United Kingdom

Nose Off The Fairy Hill
Arun Sood
United Kingdom

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
Matthew VanDyke
United States

Office Kingdom
Salvatore Centoducati
Italy

On the Edge
Roy Zafrani
Israel

One in a Million
Darren Langlands
United Kingdom

OUT - A Coming Out Documentary
Tommy Fletcher
United States

Pebble Moon
Lian Furness
United Kingdom

Planet  X
Rohit Gill
United Kingdom

Razor
Aleley Belyakov
Russia

Roses Are Red
Abbey Sacks
United States

Rosso Papavero
Martin Smatana
Slovakia

Scotoma
Mark Callum
United Kingdom

Someoneone Else's Skin
Patrick Perlman
France

Stop
Serdar Cotuk
Turkey

Surface
Mark Jenkins
United Kingdom

Switch Man
Hsun-Chun Chuang
Taiwan

Swoon
Jacob Joyner
United States

Take Your Time
Orson Cornick
United Kingdom

Tall Tales Part 2
Jon Turner
United Kingdom

Tarweeda
Ateeq Mohd
Bahrain

Ten Paisa and Grandmother
Sachi Bansal
India

Tethered
Kevin McNulty
United States

The Bird That Never Flew
Hector Bizerk
United Kingdom

The Fight
Keith Mannix
Ireland

The Future
Venetia Taylor
Australia

The Girl and her Tail
Yong Jie Yu
Singapore

The Laboratory with Leaves: Creepy Crawlies
Daniel Roberts
United Kingdom

The Latecomers
Michael Creutzburg
Netherlands

The Longest Day
Tim Courtney
United Kingdom

The New News
Danny Sandler
United States

The Penguin Construction
Mihály Schwechtje
Hungary

The Punishment
Nelson Fernandes
Spain

The Technician
James Arden
United Kingdom

The Trouble with Lucie
Lionel Kaplan
France

The Wheel of Time
Kagan Kerimoglu
Turkey

Time Capsule
Michael Peeling
Canada

Tri Cíga
Liam Hall
United States

Under the Same Roof
Dornaz Hajiha
United Kingdom

Upside Down
Shira Levin
United States

Waning Wolf
Ian Todaro
United States

Way Out
Yukai Du
United Kingdom

We Got Your Back
Viktor Hertz
Sweden

Where are you hiding
Nadia Abate
Italy

White Lining
Nor Hazlin
United Kingdom

White Swan
Olivier Lallart
France

 

 


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