A festival paradise for Fife film buffs

Fife Independent Film Expo takes place this weekend
Fife Independent Film Expo takes place this weekend

Fife’s first ever independent film expo takes place this weekend and it’s sure to be every film buff’s paradise.

Lochgelly Centre is the venue hosting the movie making magical event on Saturday and everyone is invited to come along.

A celebration of low budget, independent films will be screened throughout the day, with 53 short films and five feature films on the day’s listing schedule.

The idea for the event came from Methil filmmaker Alex Harron.

He explained: “The idea for the expo in Fife basically came about because geographically where we are there’s a lot going on in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, but it feels a bit like Fife gets squeezed.

“Filmmakers from Fife will go to other towns and cities for festivals and screenings, but I thought it would be good if we could get other filmmakers from around Scotland to come here.”

The 33-year-old, who studied TV production at Adam Smith College and Abertay University, continued: “The main idea behind the expo was to put independent filmmakers in the same place as those interested in film and see what comes out of it.

“As well as the film screenings we’re going to have question and answer sessions with directors so people can find out how they got in to it and hopefully that some of those interested in getting into film will be inspired.”

Alex, who has been working with Gillian Parsons from Create in Fife and Colin McQuillan of Fife Film Crew to organise the expo, said everything was in place for the day.

“There’s some great films to show,” he said.

“We’ve got five feature films and 53 short films.

“There’s a lot of well regarded works in there that have been shown at film festivals around the world.

“They are all from Scottish filmmakers or filmmakers based in Scotland.

“I would stand by every single film, but there are some films I was absolutely blown away with.

“I realised there was a filmmaking community out there that was making independent films but I didn’t realise the level of quality people are producing.

“Some of the films it’s hard to believe they have been made for just a couple of hundred pounds.”

But it’s not just the film screenings and the question and answer sessions that will be taking place.

There’s also a chance for film enthusiasts looking to develop their skills to enjoy workshops during the day.

Following the full day of screenings an awards ceremony will take place to celebrate the best in independent filmmaking, beginning around 8.00 p.m.

A total of 29 nominees will be awaiting the results of 12 categories which cover all aspects of film making.

Q&A plus awards form part of day-long expo in Lochgelly Theatre

Fife Independent Film Expo takes place at Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly on Saturday, May 9.

The day starts at 11.00 a.m. and it is scheduled to finish at around 11.00 p.m.

A total of 53 short films and five feature films will be screened throughout the day.

Those feature films being shown on the day are ‘Time Teens: The Beginning’; ‘Sarah’s Room’; ‘I am Me’, ‘The Redwood Massacre’ and ‘Whiteout’.

An award ceremony will take place at 8.00 p.m. before the final screening of the day, ‘Whiteout’, which is directed and produced by Fife’s own Lawrie Brewster.
Entry to the day is £5.

More information and full listings can be found online at www.onfife.com/fife-independent-film-expo