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Short Film Commission Opportunity

Bookspired Youth Film Festival

Duration: 15th to 21st November 2021
Location: Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway
Commission Value: £2,500
In 2019 we piloted the Bookspired Film Festival which aims to look at the co-dependence of the written word and film, how books, plays, poems, diaries and all other forms of writing influence filmmakers and vice-versa. Unfortunately the pandemic put paid to our plans to launch the main event in 2020, but with support from DG Unlimited’s Together Again Fund and the Holywood Trust we are able to launch the Bookspired Youth Festival this November.
As part of the programme we are looking to commission a short film that will be centred on Wigtown and will be planned, scripted, shot, edited and screened within the festival window starting Monday 15th November, with the film to be screened at the close of the festival on Sunday 21st November.
For full details on the commission and how to apply:


Short Film Commission – Driftwood Cinema





A Night At The Cinema

A Night at the Cinema image of Beth and Ben with a cello

We’re very excited to bring you news of a series of very special performances in collaboration with The Bookshop Band.
Ben and Beth will be performing live at screenings of a selection of silent movies, having written their own score to accompany the vintage footage.

The New York Times: “The Bookshop Band is not just good but achingly good…

Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: “The Bookshop Band’s approach to song writing is entirely original, and the results are both surprising and beautiful. They are two talented musicians coming to the same point from different directions.”


Lasting approximately 1 hour, including a Q&A session with The Bookshop Band as they discuss their recent work scoring the new Aardman animated film, scheduled for release this Winter. “We were incredibly fortunate to land a composing job with Aardman Animations over the exact time that Covid stopped our regular live music touring work and spent the best part of 12 months writing music and songs for their 2021 Christmas special Robin Robin. It was a hugely challenging but rewarding experience, developing the music right from the outset of production and continually evolving with the story. The final result is a half hour musical featuring the vocal talents of Gillian Anderson and Richard E Grant, who were both brilliant to work with.”


A Driftwood Cinema event, supported by funding from Film Hub Scotland.

You can catch them this Friday 10th September at Waterbeck Village Hall, Sunday 12th September CAMPLE LINE Thornhill, and Wednesday 15th September at Dalry Town Hall.
🎞🎞🎞Tickets are available for each event – Waterbeck on the door, CAMPLE LINE through their website, and Dalry through the Catstrand website: Events Archive – GCAT.
A unique and intimate performance that promises to be something special.