Homecoming – North and West

To celebrate Scotland’s ‘Year of Homecoming’ the Small Islands Film Festival 2009 focuses on the theme of ‘home’ and homecoming’ in a packed programme of screenings and discussions of award-winning shorts, documentaries, drama-docs and rare archive films from the world’s island communities ‘North and West’. Our third annual  festival event will run on the Isle of Benbecula, Western Isles over the dates 19-21st June 2009. Please note that the main venue is the Screen Machine: Take 2 which will be located outside the Dark Island Hotel, Liniclate. A parallel programme of screenings will also take place in the St Kilda Suite, Dark Island Hotel.

Please refer to full and updated programme, booking details, and highlights features by clicking on  2009 above. Read on for further details of this and previous festival events.


  • For details of the full  programme of screenings and discussion please click here.Smiff Benbecula 2009 Final Screening Schedule v3  (updated 17th June). Please keep checking for further changes/updates.
  • For details of how to book tickets in advance and register for the June 19-21st festival weekend on Benbecula as well as details for payment please click here: SMIFF Registration Booking 2009 Word format.
  • Highlights include:

    • From Nunavut, Canada: the European Premier of Isuma Productions’ Exile (2009) a searing account of loss of home and resilience on a High Arctic island and the Scottish premiere of The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2007) plus associated rare Scottish archive films by Jenny Gilbertson in the High Arctic and Isobel Wylie Hutchison in Greenland
    • From Barra and Italy: Tim Neat’s Play Me Something (1989)
    • From Ireland: a 50th Anniversary screening of Mise Eire (1959) and  Ciarin Scott;s Waiting for the Light (2008) on the life and work of its director, Irish film-maker George Morrison
    • From the Uists and the Western Isles: New island talent in award winning Film G shorts on the Screen Machine ‘big screen’!
    • From Sweden: ‘Bergman and Fårö Island’, an insight into world stature film-maker, Ingmar, Bergman, and his small island home
    • From Scotland: Gaelic documentaries on ‘home’ and ‘homecoming’ in Scotland’s islands of the North and West
    • Live link to Igloolik, Nunavut on film, minority language and culture plus discussions with guest film-makers from Scotland, Ireland and Canada

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