Lewis Film Festival returns for second year

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THE Lewis Coastal Film Festival is back for the second year, bringing the excitement, drama and passion of the big screen to community venues throughout the island.

Taking place over three days – Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26 – the Festival offers a unique combination of award-winning cinema releases screed with new Scottish short films and spectacular Hebridean archive films.

Festival Producer, Muriel Ann Macleod expands: “The feature films we are screening include a couple of Oscar winning films, ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Toy Story 3’.

“The films were selected by the local venue community committees who consulted with their local groups. Then, with the assistance of Paul Taylor, film programmer at Eden Court Theatre, the main programme was selected and a collection of new Scottish short films were found to match the features.

“The line-up also includes some FilmG award winners and films from the Scottish Screen Archive and the local Angus Macleod Archive.”

Each day of the Festival – which is hosted by community film company Rural Nations and funded by Regional Screen Scotland and Rural Nations – film screenings will take place in two different community venues.

In addition the Festival also presents an exciting young people’s programme on the Festival Saturday focusing on different age groups, and created by a Young Programmer’s group at The Bridge Centre.

Their programme features ‘Karate Kid’ (PG), ‘The Be All and End All’ (15) – a British comedy drama set in Liverpool by Bruce Webb – and ‘Mean Girls’ (12).

The shorts screened with these films include some exciting animations by emerging Scottish film makers funded through Digicult: ‘Battenberg’ and ‘The Tannery’.

Festival Programmer, Paul Taylor, is very enthusiastic about the 2011 programme, adding: “There’s also some true classics of Scottish cinema popping up – ‘Whisky Galore’, ‘Rockets Galore’ and the more recent ‘The Rocket Post’ all show that you don’t need to have a huge budgets and big stars to make great films.

“Again this year we have paired the films with some of the best new Scottish shorts that have been made in the past year. Shorts so often don’t get the recognition that full length features get, but more often than not they are more inspirational and concise than their longer cousins.”

Venues participating in the 2011 Lewis Coastal Film Festival are Ravenspoint Centre, Bernera Community Centre, Shawbost Ionad Seann Sgoil, Clan MacQuarrie Centre, Breascleit Community Centre and The Bridge Community Centre.

Each venue is providing various refreshments and food between screenings, and further details, including screening times and full descriptions of the films, can be found in the Festival brochure or online at www.ruralnations.com