Highlands & Islands

Hebridean festival to premiere film Vanishing Sail

Scene from documentary Vanishing Sail Image copyright Vanishing Sail
Image caption A scene from the documentary film Vanishing Sail

A film about a disappearing skill of sail boat building in the West Indies is to be given its UK premiere at the Hebrides International Film Festival.

Many of those who started the tradition of boatbuilding in the Grenadines in the 19th Century were Scots who settled on the islands.

The documentary, Vanishing Sail, will open the festival on 14 September.

A flotilla of sailing boats will head into Stornoway Harbour to celebrate the screening.

Image copyright Long Way North
Image caption The French/Danish animation Long way North will also be shown at HIFF
Image copyright The Islands and the Whales
Image caption The Islands and the Whales was made by Scots filmmaker Mike Day

The festival, being held for the third year and running until 17 September, will show films made on, and about, islands at venues on Lewis, Harris, Barra and the Uists.

The other films include The Islands and the Whales by Scottish filmmaker Mike Day and French/Danish animation Long Way North, which is set in the 19th Century and follows a young Russian girl's quest to find her grandfather at the North Pole.

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Image caption The film festival runs from 14-17 September

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