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The annual celebration of female filmmakers runs on Tiree next month, celebrating the links between Hebridean and Finnish cultures.
The fourth annual Sea Change Film Festival will host a mix of professional development events, talks and workshops and public screenings at venues throughout the island, from the airport to the distillery, from September 21 to 25.
A ‘Development Lab’ will run from September 21 to 23 which will bring together industry experts to inspire participants to explore new ways of working and discuss the challenges facing women in the UK screen sector.
Speakers include Melanie Iredale from Birds Eye Films, Milia Mokkola from Finland’s Midnight Sun Film Festival, Catharine Des Forges from Independent Cinema Office, Ros Cranston from the British Film Institute Archive and Lindsey Dryden from Little By Little Films.
Alongside coaching sessions, participants will enjoy beach walks, barbecues, swims in the Hebridean seas and Tyree Gin tastings.
Sea Change 2022 will celebrate the rich links and similarities between Finnish and Hebridean cultures, with a focus on Finnish talent including Tove, the inspiring and moving life story of the woman who created the Moomins, introduced by its screenwriter Eeva Putro. The Moomins will also be shown in Gaelic translation.
Other festival highlights include Journey to the Isles: Marjory Kennedy Fraser, silent films shot by the legendary Hebridean song collector in 1905 with a new soundtrack performed live by Marion Kenny and Mairi Campbell, and Lizzie MacKenzie’s award-winning documentary about Ken Smith, also known as The Hermit of Treig, introduced by Lizzie.
The line-up also features The Camera is Ours, a collection of pioneering documentary shorts by British female filmmakers from the 1930s to the 1960s, including Scottish directors Ruby and Marion Grierson, sisters of celebrated documentarian John Grierson, curated by the British Film Institue’s Ros Cranston, who will introduce the screening.
Jen Skinner, director of Screen Argyll and festival director, said: ‘We want to work together to bring change, to support women in the industry to find their voice, to give us the opportunity to see ourselves on screen and to widen the access to voices and experiences that are portrayed in cinema, opening up the world through film.
‘All of the films in our programme are directed by women, our opening night event, Journey to the Isles, from HippFest, celebrates Hebridean culture, landscape and stories, setting the scene for the weekend. We have a Moomin Family Trail and lots of opportunities to see them in action.
‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Finnish Institute to bring you a celebration of Tove Jansson and her Moomins. Tove’s work was inspired by nature on a remote island and the island of Tiree is the perfect place to explore it further.
‘We will be welcoming the screenwriter of Tove, Eeva Putro, who will be running a masterclass on writing for film. We have films selected and introduced from the Scottish Documentary Institute, Birds Eye Film Festival, we have films celebrating pioneers of early documentary through to those who are starting out plus the opportunity to make your own.
‘We will travel with Tove and her partner across Japan, we will spend time in Finland, Portugal, France, returning to Scotland for a dance and a walk along the beach.
‘There will be workshops, talks, lots of fantastic films and, of course, our daily swim. We have so many amazing directors attending either in person or virtually this year. Come join us, it is going to be brilliant.’
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Tove screenwriter Eeva Putro.
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The full programme has been unveiled for Sea Change Film Festival, which will run from September 21 to September 25 on the Hebridean island of Tiree.
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Speakers include Melanie Iredale from Birds Eye Films.
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Ken fishing in the Hermit of Treig.
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Elina Manninen, a Helsinki-based photographer, under ice in BIG vs SMALL.
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Journey To The Isles.
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Queen of Glory.
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Tove Jansson, August 9 1914 to June 27 2001, was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author.
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Tove Jansson’s summer paradise Klovharun
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The film follows the early life of Tove Jansson from the end of World War II to the mid-1950s, showing her romantic relationships with the politician Atos Wirtanen and the theatre directer Vivica Bandler, as well as the creation and publication of the Moomins.
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Tove is a 2020 Finnish biographical film about Swedish-speaking Finnish author and illustrator Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins.