Screen Machine celebrates 15 years with programme of special events

Screen Machine will celebrate fifteen years of bringing films to remote and rural communities with a series of filmmaking workshops and pop-up film festivals during 2013 under the banner “Screen Machine 15”.

Established in 1998 with National Lottery funding, the Screen Machine is a 35 tonnes articulated lorry housing a state-of-the-art cinema which seats 80 people. Starting in summer 2013, the Screen Machine 15 programme will see the cinema work with Highlands and Islands schools on education initiatives while also staging one-off film events and mini “pop-up” film festivals which will expand the Screen Machine’s regular programme.

The full schedule will be announced in May 2013 and has been made possible due to £41,625 of funding from Creative Scotland’s Public Engagement programme.

Screen Machine 15 Project Co-ordinator, Jonathan Melville said: “Screen Machine is an important part of the communities we visit and 2012/13 is on track to be our most successful year ever with more than 29,000 tickets sold. We plan to mark 15 years of the service by looking to the continued success of Scottish film festivals, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, for inspiration. They prove that cinema audiences want to see a range of films and special events, something not usually possible in rural areas.

“We’ll also have a strong education slant to the year and we’re talking to schools to find out the best way to help educate children about film as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.”

Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland, said: “For fifteen years Screen Machine hasn’t stood still! In 2013 the programme continues to bring film to rural communities across Scotland without a cinema.

“Screen Machine 15 will celebrate this unique asset and its achievements so far as well as looking to the future by finding new ways in which people living in remote and rural areas of Scotland can enjoy, learn from and share in the experience of film on the big screen.”

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