Hinterlands Film Festival

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International film festival taking over venues across Skipton with films focusing on rural landscapes.

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Hinterlands Film Festival is a new international film festival taking place in iconic venues across Skipton from Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 May, showcasing brand new and classic films celebrating rural landscapes. As well as traditional film screenings, there will also be immersive experiences and performances inspired by iconic moments in cinema.

Highlights include a screening of Wes Anderson's modern classic Moonrise Kingdom in an army tent in Aireville Park (complete with a campfire and storytelling), a Western-inspired night with cowboy films, a barn dance and choreographed bar fights, a Horror-All-Nighter in the 107-year-old Plaza Cinema, and a live performance from musician Erland Cooper to launch his new album Sule Skerry. Erland will also perform a live improvisation to accompany footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Workshops include an animation session from Wallace and Gromit animator Virpi Kettu, where festivalgoers can create their own stop motion animations based on films inspired by Skipton’s local scenery and the films in the festival programme. Budding stunt performers can try their hand at throwing their own punches in stage combat workshop The Good, The Bad and The Punchy.

Film fans and industry professionals alike can take a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a film location manager in the Location Manager Panel. Hinterlands’ Artistic Director Geoff Bird hosts a panel of location experts including Joseph Cairns (Academy Award and BAFTA nominated Mary Queen of Scots; Academy Award and BAFTA winning Darkest Hour; BBC’s Life on Mars), Jethro Ensor (Swallows and Amazons; BBC’s Call The Midwife; BBC’s Our Girl) and Lauren York (UK Locations).

The festival will also crown the Nation's Favourite Rural Film as voted for by the public, and budding filmmakers will have their films screened as part of a Short Film Competition.

Festivalgoers can choose to camp onsite in Aireville Park to get the full festival experience.

Hinterlands is presented by Wild Rumpus (creators of Just So Festival and Timber Festival) and the Great Place: Lakes and Dales programme, which uses creativity and culture to retain and attract more young people to live and work in the area. The festival is supported by Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network, and Arts Council England.

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