Pathways: Scotch Hodge-Podge
Take a look at home-grown talent and Scottish characters and themes in 6 of the Festival's Scots-related film features, shorts, and programmes.
Day of the Flowers (25 & 28 June)
This Scots on holiday film from John Roberts has its World Premiere here at EIFF as part of the Michael Powell Award Competition. Two young, strong-willed Scottish sisters take their late father's ashes to Cuba. Arriving in Havana, the two women promptly lose the ashes and go through a series of misadventrues - both romantic and dangerous - to try to retrieve them. Wry humour and cross-cultural misunderstandings are at the heart of this Scottish adventure.
First Position (26 & 30 June)
First Position follows six inspiring young people as they strive to make their dreams of becoming professional dancers come true. Although it takes on the international ballet competition called the Youth America Grand Prix, the second screening, which takes place on 30 June, will be followed by a Q&A on dance as a career, with Kerry Livingstone, Head of the Associates Programme at Scottish Ballet and Lecturer in Modern Ballet at the Royal Conservatoire.
Scottish Short Documentaries (27 June)
Documentary-making talent has found a home at the Scottish Documentary Institute’s flagship new talent training programme: Bridging the Gap. This selection of all new, all Scottish, short Scottish documentaries will take you on cinematic journeys all across the country. See the Festival's home in new ways on screen.
Blue Black Permanent (28 June)
No Scottish film selection would be complete without at least one screening of the work of Margaret Tait. Glasgow Women's Library offers a very rare opportunity to see the fondly remembered Scottish filmmaker's debut feature, Blue Black Permanent, twenty years after its original release. Make sure it's on your Scotch watchlist.
Future My Love (29 June)
Swedish filmmaker Maja Borg’s poetic ‘experimental documentary’ expands on the themes of her 2007 short film, Ottica Zero. Produced by the Scottish Documentary Institute, the film explores, in the light of global economic collapse, alternatives to monetary capitalism and, in particular, the work of sprightly 93-year-old futurist and social engineer, Jacque Fresco.
Atmosphere (21 June - 1 July)
Part of the Beyond EIFF strand, New Media Scotland presents this season of twelve Atmosphere expanded screenings and events. Covering the themes of faith and magic, the programme includes World Premiere of Belief by Thomson & Craighead, the Scottish premiere of The Creator by AL and AL. They'll also screen some features including Edinburgh-based The Illusionist and J.M. Barrie story Finding Neverland alongside Wings of Desire, a Frankenstein double bill, Portrait of Jennie, Harry Potter, and Hellboy.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.