Welcome to the unDependence Film Festival

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 2018 the festival is now entering its fifth 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 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. 

Our “cinemas” are public spaces that are not traditional cultural institutions. We want to bring film to “everyone” and therefore use community spaces as our theatres. We believe in the power of the “small cinema”that attracts and is open for especially those who would usually shy away from cultural events.

As in previous years, we are accepting entries from all genre, and lengths; mini (under 10 mins), shorts, as well as feature length. Drama, documentary, comedy, animation, experimental are all accepted.