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Hebridean International Film Festival 2021

Hebrides International Film Festival

Hebrides International Film Festival takes place across the Outer Hebrides from 19-24 July, bringing a wealth of global independent cinema  to local screens. We have nearly 80 screenings and film-related events in local venues from Ness on the Isle of Lewis to Castlebay, Isle of Barra - full details at

The Festival's theme's in this its seventh year are responses to climate change and the fight for survival of island and rural communities and cultures around the world, and the programme proves once again that for HIFF, the global is truly local. 

This year's film programme has four strands - feature documentaries, drama features, children's features and a strand for new short films. All films have been produced within the last three years, highlighting HIFF's unique relevance and its exploration of contemporary struggles with the impact of climate change and how island communities, in particular, are fighting back.  

Amongst the countries of origin of films in this year's programme are new features from Greenland, Turkey, Japan, Ireland and South Africa, along with New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Romania and from across the UK. 

With last year's event wiped out by Covid-19, this year's festival goes ahead in a sense of a celebration of the resilience of island communities in the face of adversity, and even features HIFF's first outdoor screening programme.  

The programme highlights include Ice on Fire - produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio - which asks are we going to let climate change destroy civilisation, or will we act on technologies that can reverse it?

HIIFF also gives UK premieres of the multi-award-winning Haida Modern (Canada) which raises issues of the centrality of native art to communities and their identities, featuring the work of Haida artist Robert Davidson; and Manry at Sea (USA), and screenings of Iorram (Scotland) the first feature length documentary for cinema presented entirely in Scottish Gaelic. 

HIFF also works to support the growth of film making in the islands and gives a world premiere to Mara - The Seal Wife, a film by North Uist director and writer Uisdean Murray. 

The island of Berneray is also featured in a showing of newly digitised 8mm archive films dating from 1960-1978 which show amazing scenes of life on the island from that time. 

More on Lewis.

Event Start Date: 19 July 2021

Event End Date: 24 July 2021

Location: 80 screenings and film-related events in local venues from Ness on the Isle of Lewis to Castlebay, Isle of Barra

Event Link:  Hebrides International Film Festival

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