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The grand finale of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival will feature Shetland Arts’ Hansel of Film project, with a screening of Simon Thompson’s feature-length documentary, Reels on Wheels.

The project, which took place during the summer of 2012 as part of the London2012 Festival, involved a relay race of screenings of short films from Shetland to Southampton and back, with the films being carried from place to place by volunteers from across the UK. Nearly 300 films were uploaded to a special web site,, made by film makers of all ages and levels of skill and experience, making it a true celebration of the creativity of the public at large.


Photo by Billy Fox Photography.

Vidlin-based film-maker Simon Thompson went along to record this extraordinary journey and the result is an affectionate telling of one of the most unusual projects Shetland Arts has undertaken.

The film will be screened at The Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh, and will be followed by a Q&A with Simon, conducted by project patrons Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams.

Hansel project manager Kathy Hubbard said that she and Simon were both feeling somewhat nervous about this Edinburgh premiere, but excited as well: “It will be lovely to see the film again in the company of an audience that probably knows little about the project. It’s a great opportunity to blow the horn for the creativity of the public at large, and to introduce the work of Shetland Arts to a wider audience.”

The screening will be at Cameo 1 at 1.30pm on Saturday 21st June.

More details can be found at the ESFF website:

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