FOLLOWING its success last year, The Dunfermline Filmhouse is back for the Outwith Festival 19 with a packed programme of classic and cutting-edge movies.

It will run from September 5 to 8 in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and the team – Chris Foote, Jane Livingstone, Jo Edgar and Lucy Watt – are planning to roll it out as a regular pop-up cinema in the town.

There's also the chance to have your own short film shown at the filmhouse while there will be special screenings to enable people with dementia, and additional support needs to enjoy the "magic" of the movies.

Jane said: "We were absolutely delighted the cinema was so well received last year with 700 people enjoying 16 films over three days of the festival.

"The industry expert talks also proved a popular draw.

"This year we will again be showing a mix of old and new, arthouse, children’s and international movies and an excellent line up of filmmakers have already agreed to speak at the event."

Highlights of the programme include the smash hit Scottish music film Beats, highly regarded documentaries Nae Pasaran and Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War, and a rare showing of Bo Burnham’s superb Eighth Grade.

Legend of New York indie music scene William McCarthy will introduce his inspiring film Rise: The Story of Augustines and there will be a selection of top quality shorts by up and coming local filmmakers.

With Dunfermline Delivers, the Business Improvement District company, set to be wound up at the end of September this is likely to be the last Outwith Festival and their last big event.

However, there are hopes that it won't disappear completely and could return in some sort of format.

Dunfermline Filmhouse, which is separate from the community cinema plans of the Dunfermline Cinema Project and Dunfermline Regeneration Trust, will definitely come back with pop-up plans throughout the year.

Lucy said: “We are excited to be involved in the Outwith Festival this year and are looking forward to providing a platform to showcase Scottish filmmaking talent as well as a carefully curated programme of films to suit everyone.

"Following this, we're really looking forward to putting on the planned pop up cinema events for 2019/20.”

As part of this year’s programme, there will also be adapted screenings for people with additional support needs.

The first is a screening of 'Singin' in the Rain' for people in the community living with the effects of dementia.

The volume and lighting are adjusted to make this screening accessible and our 'dementia friends' trained staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide support when needed. This screening is open to anyone living with dementia, either in the community or in nursing care.

Jo added: “For the second of the adapted screenings, we will be partnering with local healthcare authorities in identifying people who struggle to access events in the community as a result of illness, disability or trauma.

"This closed cinema screening will offer a safe space where people can enjoy the excitement and magic of cinema, reducing isolation and building community. We look forward to offering more adapted screenings as a feature of the exciting future Dunfermline Filmhouse events planned for 2019/20.”

Chris said: “We are lucky to have such a great team working on the filmhouse this year.

"Lucy, Jane and Jo have a wealth of film and television experience between them and they’ve drawn on their passion for film as well as industry contacts to put together a really impressive programme for Outwith.”

Budding Spielbergs will also get an opportunity to show off their work at the festival with the filmhouse looking for films under 20 minutes long for their TDF Shorts line up on September 7.

For a chance to see your film on the big screen, get in touch with the team on

The filmhouse has benefited from continued funding support from Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at

Dunfermline’s Outwith Festival is on from Tuesday 3 until Sunday September 8 and includes music, film, comedy, theatre, art and literature.

The event is organised by Dunfermline Delivers, in conjunction with Fire Station Creative, culture magazine, Avocado Sweet and publishing consultancy, Write Rammy.

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