Film Focus Festival

Film Focus Festival

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Orkney's very own film festival returns for its second year with a packed programme of events and screenings scheduled for venues right across the islands.

The Film Focus Festival is a celebration of film in Orkney and will run for 24 days across 25 venues and 16 islands throughout November. The diverse locations will be matched by the wide range of films and events on offer, with something in the schedule for everyone.

The festival comes after 2017's pilot 'Film Fortnight', which saw more than 2300 people attend events.

Film Focus 2018 will see the Screen Machine visit seven islands in November - Rousay, Westray, Hoy, Shapinsay, Sandy, Eday and Stronsay. There will also be showings at the Phoenix Cinema in Kirkwall, the West Side Cinema in Stromness, the Gable End Theatre in Hoy and the Screen in the Square in St Margaret's Hope.

There will also be events at Papa Westray's ØY Festival and contributions from UHI's Fine Art Students too. New additions this year include exhibitions, readings and pop-up cinemas in places like Burray, Dounby, Graemsay and North Ronaldsay.

The final programme is still to be finalised but you can find out what's on offer via the official website.

This year's festival has been made possible by strategic support from Film Hub Scotland, which is part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI, with further support from Orkney Islands Council. The Screen Machine has been supported locally by Pentland Ferries and Orkney Ferries. This year Cooke Aquaculture are sponsoring screenings where the cost to community organisations for public film licences is prohibitive. This has boosted the programme with six community events and two larger special events. Newsletter

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