Sea Change Previous Festivals


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Featuring films from:

Marjory Kennedy Fraser / Céline Sciamma / Zaida Bergrot/ Nana Mensah / Marion Grierson / Ruby Grieson / Brigid ‘Budge’ Cooper / Kay Mander / Sarah Erulkar / Kanerva Cederström / Tove Jansson / Tuulikki Pietilä / Lizzie Mackenzie / Minna Dufton/ Lindsey Dryden / Miranda Stern

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This year (2022) the Moomins are coming and we are delighted to be welcoming Tove Jansson’s niece to Tiree. We will be screening seven Finnish films supported by the Swedish Cultural Foundation and The Finnish Institute celebrating the life and work of Moomins creator, Tove Jansson. 

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The Isle of Tiree is the perfect place to celebrate and explore the work of an author and illustrator who was so inspired by remote islands, sea, and nature. Workshops will include film making for all of the family, storytelling, art activities and a Moomin trail. 

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We have Finnish documentary Big vs Small, a modern day fairy tale stretching from the monster waves in Portugal to the dark stillness of a frozen Finnish lake with an introduction from the cast and crew, perfect viewing after a dip in the Atlantic ocean.

We open with Journey to the Isles, a new commission from Hippfest. These archive films show Kennedy-Fraser song collecting, meeting local islanders and holidaying with her family.  Marion Kenny has prepared a spoken word introduction and Mairi Campbell uses a variety of traditional Gaelic instruments for her musical performance including an extraordinary quern stone from her great-great grandmother’s croft on the island of Lismore.

Other films include Travels with Tove (1993) which chronicles Tuulikki Pietilä and her partner Tove Jansson on their trips to Japan, Hawaii, Mexico and the United States between 1971-1972. The screening will be introduced by the film’s director, Kanerva Cederström. 

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Courtesy of Panamint

Also screening as part of the festival is The Camera is Ours a touring programme curated by the Independent Cinema Office, which features trailblazing British women documentary makers from the 1930s to the late sixties.

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We are delighted to be screening the Hermit of Treig, which won the audience award at Glasgow Film Festival as well as so much more to be announced soon!!

‘That was totally fantastic – I don’t mind if I don’t see another film all year! Loved it.’


2019 Festival

Sea Change is a professional development lab and public film festival celebrating Women in Film, taking place on the beautiful and remote Isle of Tiree. 

Now in it’s second year, the 2019 public programme will celebrate the life and work of the iconic French film director Agnes Varda and will mark 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 showcases films from around the world with a wide range of screenings, short films, guest speakers, workshops, live music and family events. 

A full programme of event listings can be found here.

The Isle of Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides. It is twelve miles long and three miles wide and very flat. The island has a mild climate with some of the highest levels of sunshine recorded anywhere in the British Isles. It benefits from the Gulf Stream and is known for its white sand beaches, often referred to as The Hawaii of the North. View our festival locations here

18/19/20 September 2019

Sea Change provides a dedicated space for women in the industry to develop professionally and personally. You will devote valuable time to sharing challenges and experience with peers building your confidence, expertise and network.

Set on the beautiful and remote island of Tiree time away from your inbox will bring fresh air and insight to your immediate and distant horizons.

Screen Argyll is bringing together experienced practitioners and industry experts to discuss challenges and barriers to progressing your career and practice. Discussions and workshops will be enriched by often neglected voice and movement practice.

The 2019 lab will focus on Finding Your Voice, Making Yourself Heard and Engaging New Audiences. You will gain an understanding of what motivates and inspires you. Together we will bring about change for women in the industry and female audiences for film.

Speakers include: Rachel Hayward from HOME, Shona Thomson from A Kind of Seeing, Corrina Antrobus from Picture House Cinemas and the Bechdel Test, Toki Allison from Inclusive Cinema and Holly Tarquini from Film Bath and the F – Rating. The one to one coaching sessions are provided by Sarah Moss Associates. There will be a walk, daily sea action and a pilates session led the animator who designed Jessica Rabbit!

Short film from 2018 Development lab: 

Screen Argyll is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and being an inclusive organisation. All our venues are fully accessible and have accessible facilities. Clear-print versions of all our printed material are available on request. Please get in touch if you have any specific questions regarding access.