“If we are to preserve culture, we must continue to create it” Johan Huizinga
I am delighted to present our tenth HippFest… a year later than we originally planned but no less of a milestone! Sincere thanks to all of you who have joined us over the years, who stuck by us last March when we had to cancel the Festival at the 11th hour; who supported as we experimented with creating online events; and who then offered encouragement as we navigated our way towards bringing HippFest to your home. Thank-you… and welcome too, to all the people who will be joining us for the first time. The opportunity to almost infinitely extend our seating capacity, and to make attendance as easy as turning up in your front room, are definitely two of the upsides of a virtual festival. We hope this means that our audience will be bigger and more varied than ever.
Fans of HippFest say that the Festival is more than a trip to the cinema, it is an experience – distinctive, eye-opening and enjoyable. So whilst we will miss all being together under the star-studded ceiling of the Hippodrome we have tried to create a comparable cocktail of screenings with music, workshops, events and activities to sweep you up in the marvellous magic of early cinema. If dressing up is your thing, go for it! If you like mingling with other festival-goers, dive in to our virtual festival hub! However you do HippFest we’re glad you’re part of it and it wouldn’t be the same without you.
Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer (Film and Media) / HippFest Director Falkirk Community Trust
HippFest is organised by Falkirk Community Trust with key funding from Falkirk Council, supported by Film Hub Scotland part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.
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