The red carpet is set to roll out as Aberdeen is gets ready to host its first ever film festival, screening a diverse range of films from around the world over nine days.
The first annual Aberdeen International Film Festival runs from 4 -12 October and will feature local filmmaking talent as well as productions from Canada, Japan, USA and across Europe. Organisers hope to showcase films being produced in Scotland to visitors and film fans from around the world as well as bringing productions that local people would not normally have the opportunity to see.
Many films will receive their UK or European premieres at the festival, giving visitors to the event the chance to be among the first to enjoy them. Not traditionally associated with the movie business, the event hopes to establish Aberdeen firmly on the film festival map and attract visitors to the city.
Organisers have managed to achieve strong support from national and local businesses including Cineworld, Sainsbury's and fellow film festival organisers at Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
As well as film screenings, the event will feature a 48 hour Film Project, offering filmmakers the chance to take on the challenge of making a short film in only 48 hours, with the winning film being shown at the festival.
New events bring new visitors to a city, and as such the tourism industry has an opportunity to maximise potential footfall. The Tourism Intelligence Scotland’s free downloadable Events, Festivals and Cultural tourism guide is a valuable online resource for the tourism industry. The guide hosts key facts about event tourism, how the tourist industry can get involved with events and how to act now to capitalise on a new events.