CFF 2017

CFF 2017 News

Yet More Press

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There's been so much great publicity for our wonderful festival of late, we're struggling to keep a check on it all! Definitely check out the ICA mag and brilliant What's On Highlands a...
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Our Film Fest hits the Radio 4 Listeners!

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One of the CFF Committee, Ben Leyshon, was interviewed for a BBC Radio 4 podcast today, no less! Fancy a listen? Here's the link and Ben appears around 5 mins from the end. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pr...
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One of the Best!

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We're excited and delighted to feature in the Travelmag article, 'Best Festivals & Fairs in Scotland', along with some other esteemed film and non-film events. Take a read here!
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2017 Guests

  • Jason Connery
    Jason Connery Jason is an actor and director, well known for his role as Robin Hood in the mid-eighties. He has gone on to star in a myriad of roles and is now directing feature films. We will be showing Tommy’s Honour which Jason ...
  • Rex Pyke
    Rex Pyke Rex has been immersed in the film industry all his life. An editor, a director, a producer, Rex was responsible for project managing and creating the wonderful Akenfield. He was stupid enough to employ Don Coutts, but only once!...
  • Margaret Matheson
    Margaret Matheson Margaret is one of the UK’s most highly thought of film producers. The “go to” problem solver. She has produced a huge body of work, from Abigail’s Party to Scum to Sid and Nancy to Katie Morag. ...
  • Orla O'Connor
    Orla O'Connor Orla is one of the most active and creative casting directors working out of Scotland. A daughter of Ireland and all that that entails! Orla has recently been responsible for casting Shetland, Iona, What We Did On Our...
  • Mike Day
    Mike Day Mike Day is a Scottish director and cinematographer. Mike was listed as one of '10 Filmmakers To Watch in 2012', by Independent Filmmaker magazine. Mike is showing his second documentary The Islands and The Whales which...
  • Christo Hird
    Christo Hird Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary-making. With Dartmouth Films he has pioneered new ways of funding, producing and distributing documentaries in the UK, as well as promoting the work of new a...
  • Iain Smith
    Iain Smith Producer of numerous Hollywood hits, Iain is the most constructively critical and articulate member of the Scottish film community. A great practitioner and thoughtful man, we are very grateful for his guiding hand and attenda...
  • Karen Krizanovich
    Karen Krizanovich Karen has been a supporter of the festival for years. We are grateful for her support. She is a great journalist, critic, and cultural commentator. Karen is going to run a screening about the role of women in the film i...
  • Lawrence Sutcliffe
    Lawrence Sutcliffe Lawrence is our Dr of Film. Knows more about sprockets than most. Lawrence has trawled the film bins for some more couthy camp nonsense. When has he ever failed us?
  • Allan Mackay
    Allan Mackay Allan is the Gaelic and Acquisitions Curator at the swanky new National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Well worth a visit if you are in Glasgow - or online. Every year, he packs his boot with interesting tapes f...
  • Matt Lloyd
    Matt Lloyd Our Shorts screenings become moe popular every year, primarily because of the careful curation of Matt from the Glasgow Short Film Festival. Join us for a dram on the opening evening at the Lighthouse to watch some brilliant ...
  • Neville Gabie
    Neville Gabie With a background in sculpture, Neville is an internationally renowned artist whose projects have taken him from the London Olypmic Park to Antarctica via Achiltibuie!
  • Ross Hogg
    Ross Hogg Ross is an animation filmmaker based in Edinburgh. Ross focuses on creating dexterous, hand-crafted animation using a variety of materials celebrating the vibrancy and physicality of the medium. He recently added to his colle...
  • Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson
    Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson Will is a BAFTA winning writer/director, and to top it off, he's from just along the road in Alcaig. Will got off to a pretty good start when his first short film ‘The Making of Longbird&rs...

Our CFF 2017 Films

Friday, December 1st 2017

  • The Festival Opening Event
    18:30 - 19:05
    Cromarty Lighthouse Cromarty
    Programme of International Animations curated by Matt Lloyd, with a dram or hot mulled wine around the fire. Introduced by Don Coutts. Tickets: FREE
  • The Big Short
    19:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    SOLD OUT (Cert 15) (2015) (film - 120 mins; chat - 40 mins) Dir: Adam Mackay Guest: Jason Connery Asset backed securities can be fun! Jason Connery’s choice is an Oscar winning, totally entertaining rollercoaster ride through t...
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    22:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    (Cert 12A) (2017) (film - 120 mins; chat - 20 mins) Dir: James Gunn It’s all about the mix tape. The Guardians fight to keep their new-found family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Chris Pratt...

Saturday, December 2nd 2017

  • Paddington Bear Workshop
    09:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    FREE! 45 mins. For Under 12s Ahead of Paddington 2 we will get into the adventurous spirit with his favourite snack and bear masks. All you need is yourselves and a hankering for marmalade! We'll make our way down to the screening toge...
  • Animation Workshop 1
    10:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    Open from 10.00 - 14.00. For Over 12s. Drop in any time and have a go at some animation under the watchful eye of Ross Hogg. As part of the 16mm animation workshop, you will be able to create your own colourful and abstract animated loops by...
  • Paddington 2
    10:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    SOLD OUT (Cert PG) (2017) (105 mins) Dir: Paul King Paddington 2 should be prescribed as an antidote to anyone who finds the madness of this modern world a bit wearing. It’s probably possible to not absolutely love it, but it&rsq...
  • Casting for Film & TV
    12:00
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    (60 mins) In this educative slot, we have had designers, editors, special fx directors, make-up artists, composers. This year, it’s the turn of the casting director. Orla O’Connor is the most vibrant and creative casting director w...
  • International Shorts: Here Be Dragons
    12:30
    Old Buoy Store
    (Intro - 15 mins; film - 85 mins) Glasgow Short Film Festival is delighted to return to Cromarty with two programmes drawn from our tenth anniversary edition. By turns funny, shocking and moving, our selection showcases some of the finest new ...
  • The Islands and The Whales
    14:00
    The Stables
    (2017) (film - 84 mins; chat - 14 mins) Dir & Guest: Mike Day Producer & Guest: Christo Hird In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide, proud to put local food on...
  • Moving Image Archive Programme
    14:30
    Old Buoy Store
    A series of fascinating short documentaries about life in the Highlands in the relatively recent past, introduced by Allan Mackay. ISLANDS AND COASTS Hebridean Highway (1966) (20 mins) Go on a journey with a hip young traveller in a...
  • Trouble in the Glen
    15:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    (Cert U) (1954) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 90 mins) Dir: Herbert Wilcox Guest: Lawrence Sutcliffe Lawrence Sutcliffe introduces another couthy Scottish, lost “classic”, this time staring Orson Welles. Major Jim 'Lance' ...
  • The Castle
    16:00
    Slaughterhouse Coffee
    (Cert 15) (1997) (84 mins) Dir: Rob Stitch A classic Australian comedy-drama with Eric Bana in his first movie. The Kerrigans are proud of their home on a toxic landfill and directly adjacent to an airport runway. But their happiness is t...
  • An Animation Conversation
    16:30
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    (60 mins) Joining us at this year’s festival for part of our animation strand, are two of Scotland’s most celebrated animators, Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson. Their Edinburgh College of Art graduate films have amassed over 60...
  • His Girl Friday
    17:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    (Cert U) (1940) (intro - 15 mins; film - 92 mins) Dir: Howard Hawks Guest: Karen Krizanovich As close to perfection as you could possibly hope for. His Girl Friday is a delirious joy. One of the fastest, funniest and most honestly bruta...
  • Iona
    17:30
    The Stables
    (Cert 15) (2015) (83 mins) Dir: Scott Graham Guests: Margaret Matheson & Orla O'Connor Led by the wonderfully watchable Ruth Negga, the ensemble-acting is stunningly good in this dark film that takes its time revealing its theme...
  • Hell or High Water
    20:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    (Cert 15) (2016) (102 mins) Dir: David Mackenzie A great film directed by Scottish director and CFF former guest, David Mackenzie. When this came out, a friend rang and said, “Wow! David Mackenzie has come of age”. It’s ...
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    20:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    (Cert 15) (2014) (intro - 15 mins; film - 101 mins) Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour A filmic juxtaposition, of all accounts. Set in an Iranian city, its heroine — a skateboarding, vengeful vampire — sets out to reprimand the disrespect ...
  • The Big Lebowski
    22:30
    Slaughterhouse Coffee
    (Cert 18) (1998) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 118 mins) Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen Guest: Iain Smith Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from John Goodman and Jeff Bri...
  • Deadpool
    22:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    (Cert 15) (2016) (118 mins) Dir: Tim Miller This is the action-packed, original story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who, after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with ...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017

  • Buster Keaton
    09:00
    Slaughterhouse Coffee
    (240 mins) Drop in for coffee, toast or a muffin and a series of classic Buster Keaton silent short movies. Tickets: FREE
  • Animation Workshop 2
    10:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    Under 12s (120 mins) Led by Ross Hogg, workshops will be running on Saturday (over 12s) and twice on Sunday (for under 12s) to encompass all age groups. As part of the 16mm animation workshop, you will be able to create your own colourful and...
  • My Life as a Courgette
    10:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    SOLD OUT (Cert PG) (2016) (70 mins) Dir: Claude Barras A beautiful, moving masterpiece depicting the raw reality of a child’s life. This is not just a children’s film, but a family film to watch together, reflect on and disc...
  • Afloat
    11:00
    Old Buoy Store
    (Cert U) (2014) (27 mins) Dir & Guest: Neville Gabie One not just for the Black Isle’s numerous rowers. In 2012/13, internationally-renowned artist, Neville Gabie, spent eighteen months with the community in Coigach, on the nort...
  • An Inconvenient Sequel
    11:00
    Ben's House Cromarty
    (Cert PG) (2016) (98 mins) Dir: Bonni Cohen, John Shenk Ex-Vice President, Al Gore’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Following the progress, or lack of, in addressing climate change, the film highl...
  • Code Inconnu
    12:00
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    (Cert U) (2001) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 118 mins; chat - 15 mins) Dir: Michael Haneke Guest: Margaret Matheson Haneke brings his usual dark sensibility to bear on this multi-faceted story, expressing the fractured quality of modern cit...
  • Scottish Shorts - Crossing Over
    12:30
    Old Buoy Store
    (Intro - 15 mins; film - 82 mins) Glasgow Short Film Festival is delighted to return to Cromarty with two programmes drawn from our tenth anniversary edition. By turns funny, shocking and moving, our selection showcases some of the finest new ...
  • Tommy's Honour
    13:30
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    (Cert PG) (2016) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 112 mins) Dir & Guest: Jason Connery Set against the early days of the sport and the stunning landscape of Scotland, Tommy’s Honour is based on the intimate and powerfully moving, true st...
  • Animation Workshop 3
    14:00
    The Old Brewery / Festival Hub Cromarty
    Under 12s (120 mins) Led by Ross Hogg, workshops will be running on Saturday (over 12s) and twice on Sunday (for under 12s) to encompass all age groups. As part of the 16mm animation workshop, you will be able to create your own colourful and...
  • Moving Image Archive Programme 2
    14:00
    The Stables
    A series of fascinating short documentaries about life in the Highlands in the relatively recent past, introduced by Allan Mackay. NORTHERN CONSTRUCTION The Murchison Project (1980) (33 mins) Big business me...
  • Hatter's Castle
    15:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    (Cert U) (1942) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 102 mins) Dir: Lance Comfort Guest: Lawrence Sutcliffe Lawrence Sutcliffe introduces a melodramatic classic based on the best-selling novel by A.J. Cronin. Brodie (Robert Newton), a nineteenth ce...
  • Akenfield
    16:00
    The Stables
    (Cert 12A) (1974) (Intro - 15 mins; film - 98 mins; chat - 15 mins) Dir: Peter Hall Guest: Rex Pyke This is an extraordinary film made forty years ago, based loosely on the beautiful book of the same name by Ronald Blythe. The film &rdq...
  • Animation Workshop Showcase
    17:00
    Cromarty Lighthouse Cromarty
    (20 mins) Come and witness the products and creations of those that took part in Ross Hogg's animation workshops on Saturday and Sunday, screened on the magnificent Cromarty Lighthouse! Tickets: FREE
  • Paddington 2
    17:30
    Screen Machine Cromarty
    SOLD OUT (Cert PG) (2017) (105 mins) Dir: Paul King The second opportunity to see this brand new film over the weekend! Paddington 2 should be prescribed as an antidote to anyone who finds the madness of this modern world a bit wear...
  • Finale: The Big Sick
    19:00
    The Victoria Hall Cromarty
    SOLD OUT (Cert 15) (2017) (119 mins) Dir: Michael Showalter Tender, bittersweet and funny, a well-told, simple story can achieve a lot. Heartfelt and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross cultural themes to pro...