Free Screenings: North by North West – Films on the Fringe

North By North West – Films on the Fringe

Over the next two months the Screen Machine is delighted to be able to bring you a special series of films courtesy of five of the northernmost cinemas in Europe. We will be showcasing recent feature and short films from Norway, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland – five countries on the fringes of Europe. This programme is exclusive in Scotland to the Screen Machine. The screenings are free.


We have some big hits in the programme – all the films have won awards and are critically and popularly acclaimed. The films may not have had distribution outside their own country of production so this is a special opportunity to see them and it will be interesting to see what these northern countries have in common.

The films will be screening in the 5.00 o’clock slot in 10 locations over the next two months.

The project is being funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union Audience Development Scheme.


The project North by North West – Films on the Fringe involves five cinemas who all run film programmes in rural parts of their countries partnering on this programme. Collaboratively, the five cinemas have curated a selection of films from all their participating territories, 28 films in total in 27 different locations, with approximately 45 screenings in total, which will bring European Independent cinema to some of the remotest regions in Europe.

Each partnering country has chosen a selection of its best indigenous films that will be screened free in the other 4 countries.

Noreen Collins Manager of Cinemobile, who are the lead organiser in the project, explains the aim of this new audience initiative:

“The project could be seen as a type of FILM SWAP between the 5 countries, which gives audiences a chance to delve into the cinema of other countries a little bit more. We think we have come up with a programme that is distinctive, diverse and quirky and it will be rolled out in all the territories.

We want to encourage people who would never dream of going to see a subtitled film to come out and try these films -to encourage people to come out and sample the quality of films that are being produced in Europe right now”.

The distinctiveness of this project is its use of fully digitised mobile cinemas and travelling units using portable DCP projectors to screen in small rural towns and community halls, ensuring European cinema reaches the ‘under-provided-for’ parts of Europe.

 Another important element for the 5 cinemas involved in this collaborative project is to try and gain an acceptance of the concept that people who live in more rural areas, who do not live in the major cities, should also be given the chance to view independent cinemas in communal settings. Some countries have an acceptance of the need for this, other less so.

The 5 cinema partners also aim is to make this innovative cinematic experience an annual event in the film calendar of the countries, out on the edge of Europe.  So watch out for free screenings of great European films coming your way very soon!



 The Cinemas taking part are:

1) Ireland – Cinemobile – Ireland’s Mobile Digital Cinema –

2) Scotland – Screen Machine mobile cinema –

3) Iceland – Bio Paradis in Iceland, an independent cinema that also takes projectors out to small remote villages there –

4) Finland – the Film Central of Central Finland – also has an outreach programme for remote locations in Finland –

5) Norway – the Tromso film festival in Tromso, Norway –

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