Sail into Dysart Film Festival

Dysart's Sail In Film Festival is Fife's first outdoor film festival. It will be held at Dysart's historic harbour on Saturday, 11 September.

The festival, inspired by Celebrating Fife 2010, will showcase films produced both locally and internationally, inspired by the Fife coast. They will be projected onto a large 11 x 8 metre white sheet, representing a giant sail, hanging over the great quarry walls of medieval Dysart harbour. The screenings promise a unique and spectacular viewing experience.

Among the films selected are the official première of the special effects laden Dysart Documentary, and the comedies of Morgan M Morgansen which played at the Sundance and South by South West film festivals.

The driving force behind this event is Lawrie Brewster, a film director and producer who was art director on the film Morgan M Morgansen in which he collaborated with actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Lawrie’s ambition is for this to be the start of a commercial independent film festival for Fife.

Family friendly activities and performances are taking place throughout the day with the main events of the evening starting at 6.00pm:

• Indie Showcase – 6.00-8.00pm – Harbour Master House Museum. An exclusive mini-event including a selection of film screenings, story readings and interviews with actors and independent filmmakers.

• Pirates – 6.00pm – Pan Ha. Organised pirate-themed games and activities for children of all ages.

• Outdoor Screening – 8.00-10.00pm – Dysart Harbour. This spectacular event will see local and international films projected onto the cliff wall.

An impressive guest list is confirmed and includes actress Cora Bissett, Caroline Parkinson, who is taking over film development at Creative Scotland, and popular television actor Antony Strachan.

Lawrie Brewster is excited at introducing an outdoor festival to Fife: “Only a few months ago I produced films in relative obscurity. To have reached a stage where now we are producing an event showcasing films around the world, to have had our own work featured in festivals in Sundance and South by SouthWest, to have worked with Hollywood talent such as Joseph Gordon-Levit and Channing Tatum – and to instead bring that support back home – to Dysart, to the Kingdom of Fife”.

“That has been the most incredible experience of all, to remind every man woman or child that harbours a creative ambition, that there is in this wide world every opportunity to fulfil your dreams of producing art. This event and subsequent events will endeavour to build on the hopes of the creative artists of Fife and the success we've had to further opportunity for all”.

Councillor Brian Goodall, Strategic Chair of Fife Council’s Housing & Communities Committee commented: “The Dysart Sail-in Film Festival captures the essence of our Year of Culture and highlights the talent and innovation which exists in Fife. This is an adventurous and exciting venture with the setting in Dysart’s harbour inspirational while showcasing Fife’s historic identity. It is to be hoped that this will become an annual event offering another unqiue visitor experience and cementing the Kingdom as a great place to visit”.

Lawrie and his production crew will film the event and footage will be streamed on the web. So if you don’t make the festival itself you can logon to www.fifefilmfestival.info where a link will be posted shortly after the event, with live commentary from the festival organisers and participating filmmakers with an audience around the world.

For further information about the film festival please contact Lawrie Brewster on 01592 568 945 or email lawriebrewster@newagefilm.co.uk.

Contact: Frances Chisholm
Phone: 08451 555 555 Ext 44 26 89
Email: frances.chisholm@fife.gov.uk
Website: http://www.welcometofife.com