The third edition of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, run by Falkirk Community Trust and held earlier this year in March, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2013 Scottish Event Awards in association with EventScotland.
Scotland’s only festival of silent film in Scotland’s oldest cinema has been singled out for recognition in the category ‘Best Small Festival’. Finalists in the category competing with the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema are Mugdock Music Festival, Tiree Music Festival (who bagged the Award in 2012) and Trad on the Tyne (recipients of a commendation at the 2012 Awards).
The national Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise innovative thinking and creativity, excellence in strategic planning and tangible results.
Other finalists competing in a range of categories include the Glasgow Film Festival (Best Large Festival), Gardening Scotland (Best Exhibition), Edinburgh Zoo Nights (Best Small Event), The National Museum of Scotland (Best Large Venue) and the World Pipe Band Championships (Best Traditional Event).
The judging panel comprises world leaders in events, marketing, branding and fundraising and includes Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony being held on Thursday 26th September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.
Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said:
“It is a great honour to have reached the final four in the final of these high profile industry awards, and to be competing alongside such internationally-recognised events.”
“It is a testament to the dedication and excellence in the team that works to deliver the Festival and an exciting recognition of the significance of the venue to Scotland’s cultural calendar, just four years since its glorious restoration and reopening.”
Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council's spokesman on culture, leisure and tourism, said:
"Scotland's only silent movie festival goes from strength to strength. It's great that this annual event has now been recognised as one of the best small festivals in Scotland. I wish the Hippodrome team every success in the Scottish Event Awards and hope they're successful in their category."
He added: "There's a great buzz at the Hippodrome around the Festival - but it's a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year. Scotland's first purpose-built cinema is a wonderful place to see movies ... whether they're 'silent' or not. If you haven't been yet, please give yourself a treat and go."
IMAGES on flickr.com
FILM A short 4 minute film about the Festival can be viewed on YouTube.
Full Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2013 programme information can be found here
Planning and fundraising for the fourth Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema is underway for March 2014.
The Hippodrome, Scotland’s first purpose-built picture palace is home to the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema. Opened on 11 March 1912 and recently restored to its original glory, the Hippodrome is run by Falkirk Community Trust. .
Wednesday, 24th July 2013