Shetland Arts has announced that SCREENCARDS for this year’s Shetland Film Festival, Screenplay, are to go on sale this Friday, in anticipation of the 16th Screenplay festival which will run from Tuesday 29 August – Sunday 3 September 2023.

This will be the last film festival to be curated by Kathy Hubbard, Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams, and they are looking forward to another exciting and diverse programme of film screenings and other events.

The Screenplay 2023 programme is currently being put together and will be launched at the beginning of August. Many of the perennial favourites will be there, including ‘Look North’ and ‘Family Friendly’, as well as the annual extravaganza of short films made by local Shetland filmmakers that is ‘Home Made’. As always, there will be a number of live guest Q&As, plus pre-recorded interviews with any filmmakers unable to attend the festival in person.

At a cost of £65 (or £35 for students), Screencards allow cardholders priority booking and entry to all films in the programme (though the screenings still require pre-booking and film classification age restrictions will still apply). The card does not cover the other events such as workshops or the Festival Film Quiz, but cardholders will be invited to a reception along with festival guests.

Festival Director Kathy Hubbard says she and her co-curators are “looking forward to welcoming friends new and old of the festival – with many audience regulars coming from other countries - and to celebrating sixteen years of screen culture from around the world.”

Highlights from Screenplay 2022 included a guest Q&A feature from director Werner Herzog at a screening of his documentary Grizzly Man (2005) and a number of in-person guests including BAFTA award-winning Kate Dickie and Scottish BIFA nominated Director and Producer Martyn Robertson. There were also a number of special events with local filmmakers which took place at last year’s festival, such as a photo meditation from Bruce Eunson, a discussion with recent film graduates Eve Christie, Molly Williams and Logan Nicolson and a performance from Neil Georgeson who provided live piano accompaniment to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic silent film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog.

Screencards are available to purchase online here, in-person at the Box Office in Mareel, or by calling on 01595 745 500 during opening hours of 10am-9pm, Tuesday - Sunday.

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