Ma Bar is one of six short documentaries and five Scottish feature films that screen on Sunday 9th October at The British Film Festival in France, Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard. The shorts programme once again shows the strength of documentary film production in Scotland, with the Scottish Documentary Institute the key factor for inspiration and mentoring.

Dinard Festival takes place over five days (05 – 09 October) and is attended by over 24,000 film fans. It attracts key producers and industry personnel from both France and the UK, allowing distributors to discover films and giving film-makers an opportunity to conquer the European Market.

This year’s programme will have a So Scottish focus highlighting some of the best new and original work coming from Scotland.

Critically acclaimed Scottish director Lynne Ramsey will screen her feature We Need to Talk about Kevin, alongside David Mackenzie’s two features: Perfect Sense and You Instead. Award-winning filmmaker Sue Bourne’s documentary Jig, about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships will also show.

Amy Hardie’s documentary Edge of Dreaming (recently screened at The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness) will screen alongside a selection of short documentaries s from the Scottish Documentary Institute including Ben Wigley’s P.S. Your Mystery Sender- winner of the Rushes Soho Best Short Doc award. Ben’s short received investment through the ‘Bridging the Gap’ initiative, supported by Creative Scotland through the National Lottery, as did Twinset ,The Worm Inside and The Perfect Fit. The Scottish BAFTA winning and Sundance attending Ma Bar ensures a very Scottish flavour to the festival.

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said; ‘The festival presents a fantastic opportunity for our creative talent to get their work noticed and screened by international distributors, allowing them to make connections and secure deals. Creative Scotland’s investment in many of the Scottish films screening reinforces our commitment to the strength of Scottish film-making.’

Finlay Pretsell from Scottish Documentary Institute, said; ‘In Scotland there is such a strong tradition of documentary going back to pioneers like John Grierson and more recently Kevin McDonald. It really is an achievement for documentary to be recognized in a feature film orientated film festival like Dinard which continues to champion work from the British Isles. It is a very proud moment to have so much strong work made in Scotland to show. We make films that happen to be documentaries and we want to shake the stigma that is often related to documentary film – we are just telling stories that happen to be real life. This kind of exposure will really help get a foot inside the typically tricky French market.’

Scottish films showing includes:

5 Scottish feature films:

6 Scottish shorts:

*(these films have all received Creative Scotland investment)

For further information on the festival please visit the Film Festivals website.

** text adapted from Creative Scotland newsletter

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