Welcome to unDependence Film Festival 2017

20-23 April - Edinburgh | 27-30 April - Stirling


unDependence is a thematic festival that aims to open up independent and arthouse film to a wider audience. Taking place in both Edinburgh and Stirling in April 2017 the festival is now entering its third year and is motivated by the conversations and creative energy surrounding the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and by extension the 2016 EU Referendum. unDependence is not about just about exploring obscure avant garde film or making anarchical political statements. Instead, it’s a platform for creativity, both in the films themselves and in our interactive program of workshops, talks, and screenings. The festival showcases a mixture of creative, independent films from all over the world which might lack blockbuster budgets but which exemplify great craftsmanship, storytelling, and cinematography. In short, it’s a film festival for people who think they don’t like film festivals (as well as those who already know that they do).


All of unDependence’s films are linked by the theme of dependence, specifically the individual’s relationship to and dependence on the social and/or cultural context they find themselves in. From the personal to the political, we invite our filmmakers to explore questions surrounding dependence through shorts, feature films, documentaries, animation and experimental work. The festival is about more than just the screenings and aims to generate a creative community by hosting a series of filmmaking workshops, talks and Q&As to promote audience engagement.

Film Programme Facts

Nations Represented



Individual screenings are £5 (plus a 50p booking fee*) in advance or £7 on the door. All screenings will also include a gin tasting courtesy of Valentia Gin for patrons who are 18+. Please double check you are booking for the correct evening as the location changes nightly. Our first week of screenings, workshops, and talks will be in Edinburgh and the second in Stirling. All details are below. Our ticketing company, Citizen Ticket, donates half of every booking fee to local charities in Scotland.


Thursday - 20th April - 19:00 - Banshee Labyrinth
Friday - 21st April - 19:00 - Pilrig St. Paul's
Saturday - 22nd April - 19:00 - Southside Community Centre


Thursday - 27th April - 19:00 - The Burgh Coffeehouse
Friday - 28th April - 19:00 - The Curly Coo
Saturday - 29th April - 19:00 - Tollbooth Attic



unDependence Film Festival 2017 Trailer

Our team

Carys Evans

Project Manager

Nina Schildhauer

Lead Curator

Anne Rushing

Creative Directer @ Pop Up! Scotland
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