2021 and previous years

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sea Change Development Lab 2021 moved online. We hosted two fantastic industry sessions: The Ebb and Flow of the Creative Process in conversation with Laurie Mucha (Feminista Film Festival) and How Can We Best Lead and Work By Our Own Values? led by Melanie Iredale (Director of Birds Eye View). 

The public film festival ran in a hybrid format with screenings and events delivered both online and in person on Tiree. We delivered a fantastic and exciting programme of international films directed by women. The Sea Change Film Festival was supported by the Film Hub Scotland BFI FAN Exhibition Fund

2021 Film Festival Programme

Saturday 6th November 

Sisters with Transistors (U)

Music Sound Everywhere Workshop with F=

Poly Styrene: I am a Cliché (12A), and Q&A with writer Zoe Howe and director Celeste Bell

Sunday 7th November 

Shorts from Feminista Film Festival (N/C)

Honeyland (12A)

Nomadland (12A)

Monday 8th November 

Living Proof, followed by a Q&A with director Emily Munro

Tuesday 9th November 

Wildfire (15), followed by a Q&A with director Cathy Brady

Monday 29th November 

Luxor (12A), followed by a Q&A with director Zeina Durra


Our 2019 Development Lab ran focused on Finding Your Voice, Making Yourself Heard and Engaging New Audiences. Speakers included Rachel Hayward, Shona Thomson, Corrina Antrobus, Jo Taylor, Toki Allison, and Holly Tarquini, and participants were invited to join outdoor swimming sessions with Tiree Polar Bears and Pilates sessions with Bella Bremner. One to one coaching with Sarah Moss Associates was also available to all attendees. 

The 2019 Film Festival programme celebrated the life and work of the iconic French film director Agnes Varda and marked the centenary of Orkney film-maker Margaret Tait with a screening of Blue Black Permanent, the first Scottish feature film directed by a woman. The festival showcased films from around the world with a wide range of screenings, short films, guest speakers, workshops, live music and family events.

The Film Festival took place in An Talla and in CineMor77’s fantastic Yurt Cinema. We were delighted to be working in partnership with Croft and City to screen films on Friday and Saturday night at their event in Hynish.

2019 Film Festival Programme

Friday 20th September

CineMor77 Yurt Cinema

Early Women Filmmakers (12)

Women Over Fifty Film Festival Programme One (N/C)

Women Over Fifty Film Festival Programme Two (N/C)

The Beaches of Agnes (18)

An Talla

Sue Bourne in Conversation with Dot Sim, Fabulous Fashionistas (N/C)

Lady Bird (15) Introduced by Corrina Antrobus

Saturday 21st September

An Talla

Family Screening: Brave (PG) 

Early Women Filmmakers (12), introduced by Shona Thomson

Faces Places (12A)

Orlando (PG)

Women Over Fifty Film Festival: Programme Two

Dirty God (15), introduced by Rachel Hayward 

CineMor77 Yurt Cinema

Dirty God (15)

Film G Shorts

Havana Divas (U), introduced by Rachel Hayward

Women Over Fifty Film Festival: Programme 1

Yuli (15), introduced by Rachel Hayward

Blue Black Permanent (PG)

Orlando (PG)

Workshops at Baugh Church

Agnes Varda Workshop: Playful Portraits

Family Programme: Acting Workshop (ages 7+)

Sunday 22nd September

An Talla

Family Screening: A Wrinkle in Time (PG)

Blue, Black Permanent (PG)

Her Century (N/C), introduced by Shona Thomson

SPECIAL EVENT Wild Rose (15) followed by The Wild Western Islanders 

CineMor77 Yurt Cinema

The Beaches of Agnes (18)

April, Sarah Forrest (Margaret Tait Award)

Lady Bird (15)

Faces Places (12A)

Havana Divas (PG)

Workshops at An Talla

Margaret Tait Workshop: Filmmaking 

Family: Filmmaking Workshop (ages 9+)


The first Sea Change Film Festival ran in March 2018. The programme, which was curated by Screen Argyll, brought together films by female filmmakers and celebrated women in film. 

Our first Development Lab ran in June 2018. Participants reflected on the question “how can we make change within our industry and reach new audiences?” Speakers included: Catharine Des Forges (Independent Cinema Office), Terry Wragg (Leeds Animation Workshop), Rona Murray (Women’s Film and Television History Network), Holly Tarquini (F-Rated), Nuala O’Sullivan (Women over 50 Film Festival), and Joan Parsons (Queens Film Theatre)

The event was funded by Regional Screen’s Local Film Festival’s Challenge Fund

2018 Film Festival Programme

Saturday 3rd March 2018


National Library of Scotland archive film programme

Women Over Fifty Film Festival: Best of the Fest (15)

Make More Noise!: Suffragettes in Silent Film (PG)

The Gleaners and I (U)

Sunday 4th March 2018

Wadjda (PG)

Leeds Animation Workshop

Family Screening: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (PG)

Female Figures (18)