Scottish Screenings: Summer

It’s already been a strong start to the year for Scottish film events, and it feels like they’re only just getting started.

From Hawick to the Hebrides, audiences across the country can access excellent cinema on their doorstep this Summer. Here’s a few of the screenings, festivals and events that we think you won’t want to miss…

Reminder: if you’d like to attend an event, our Bursary Scheme might be able to support you to get there.

The Trans-Generational Tour | Scottish Queer International Film Festival | April – June

The Trans-Generational Tour brings three screenings on inter-generational trans communities to six venues across Scotland. The programme features films made by and with trans communities to explore journeys, experiences, and history. Cinemas across Scotland will host these reflections on trans knowledge and how it is passed down from generation to generation of trans communities. Next up on the tour are Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling (May 11); Glasgow Film Theatre (May 12, 13 & 14); Cornucopia, Hawick (May 20); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (May 26 & 27) and An Lanntair, Stornaway (June 16).

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Dundead 2023 | Dundee Contemporary Arts | Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 May

The eleventh instalment of Dundee’s horror film festival has a selection of premieres, classics and a David Cronenberg retrospective to sink your teeth into. New titles include a preview of Scottish survival film The Origin, the European premiere of puppet horror Abruptio and Scottish premieres of Dark Nature, wilderness terror Polaris and anthology film Satanic Hispanics. Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers is being revived in 35mm for the big screen, alongside a screening of Videodrome to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

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Hebrides International Film Festival | Rural Nations Scotland CIC | 15 – 20 May

The Hebrides International Film Festival hand pick all of the films they show in collaboration with local island promoters, supporting film events in community venues across the Hebrides. For its 8th edition, the festival is focusing on the power of storytelling to inspire sustainable change. The programme includes screenings of The Hermit of Treig and The Oil Machine, alongside features The Banshees of Inirishin, The Quiet Girl and Aftersun. Their innovative Immersion programme will offer screenings of short films developed specifically for VR experiences.

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Matinee and Medusa Deluxe Screenings (free) | The Skinny & MUBI | CCA, Glasgow and Summerhall, Edinburgh | 10 – 11 May & 6 – 7 June

The Skinny and MUBI have teamed up to present a series of free screenings across Edinburgh and Glasgow, as part of The Cineskinny Film Club. Catch classic film Matinee, Joe Dante’s witty celebration of the B-movies of his childhood, at the CCA in Glasgow on Wednesday 10 May, or at Sumerhall, Edinburgh, on Thursday 11 May. The unique new feature Medusa Deluxe will be shown at Summerhall on Tuesday 6 June and CCA on Wednesday 7 June, ahead of its UK cinema release on 8 June.

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Little Miss Sunshine (free for 16-25s) | Eden Court, Inverness | Wednesday 24 May

In partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre, Eden Court offers free cinema screenings, in-person filmmaker workshops and online masterclasses for people aged 15 – 26. The next screening in the series is Little Miss Sunshine, the 2006 road film following the dysfunctional Hoover family as they head to California in a VW bus to support their daughter to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest.

If you would like to come along to any or all of these screenings or events, email Drew Tremlett:

Eden Court have a limited number of free tickets to any screening of a specially chosen foreign language or arthouse title every week. Next up? Polite Society, The Blue Caftan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Find more information here.

Wes Anderson Seasons | Glasgow Film Theatre and The Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh | May – June

As audiences revive their love for Wes Anderson ahead of the release of Asteroid City on 23 June, Glasgow Film Theatre and The Cameo are taking the opportunity to revisit the auteurs back catalogue. GFT will show all 10 of Wes Anderson’s previous features through May, June and into early July as part of their CineMasters series; three of the films will play from 35mm prints, and there will be special introductions and additional talks through the season. The Cameo is offering a back-t0-back experience, showing double features of each film, from Bottle Rocket and the Darjeeling Limited to The Life Aquatic and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Find tickets for Glasgow Film Theatre here, and the Cameo here.

Adrift: Periferias | Cinemaattic | Glasgow & Edinburgh | 23 May – 24 June 

For the second year, CinemAttic’s four-week celebration of contemporary and classic cinema will take place across venues including the Cameo, Britannia Panopticon and CCA Glasgow.  This year will focus on non-fiction filmmaking from Latin America, including Jacquelyn Mills’ documentary Geographies of Solitude and an introduction to four Peruvian women filmmakers, Women in the Contemporary Nonfiction Film Scene in Peru, curated by Dr Isabel Seguí. In true Cinemaattic style, Adrift will culminate in two programmes of short films screening at the beautiful Britannia Panopticon, Glasgow.

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Local Hero 40th Anniversary Celebration Weekend | Cinescapes | 25 – 28 May

Classic Scottish comedy Local Hero turns 40 this year. To celebrate, Cinescapes has curated three days of outdoor screenings and community events to will take place in the Aberdeenshire locations from the film. The events across Pennan, Banff and Portsoy will include film screenings, a cast meet-and-greet and local food and drink. Local Hero will be screened across the weekend at Banff Castle, Portsoy Sail Loft and Pennan Village Hall, as well as a programme of family films, shorts and Scottish classics Gregory’s Girl and Whisky Galore!.

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