Coming Up: XpoNorth Creative Industries Festival

XpoNorth - Scotland's leading creative industries festival is coming up!

Taking place in Inverness on the 8th and 9th of June, the festival is a hot-bed of creative activity. The only festival of its kind in Scotland covering crafts, fashion and textiles; writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; and music. XpoNorth is a unique event in the UK's cultural calendar.

This year the festival boasts a packed programme of more than 25 panels and workshops featuring leading industry players in the fields of crafts, publishing, screen, music and more. By night, it offers a plethora of relaxed networking events, coupled with free live music acts and a curated short film programme.

And to top it all off, all of this is FREE to access!

"If you want to work in film or television, the games industry, be a writer, a jeweller or a rock star, then XpoNorth is THE place to be.

XpoNorth, which is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Creative Scotland, is free and open to anyone who registers. You don't have to live in the Highlands and Islands to take part.

XpoNorth offers hands-on training and advice as well as a chance for musicians, filmmakers, designers and writers to get up close and personal with industry insiders," said festival director Amanda Millen.

Our very own Episodic Director and Director of Anya, Damien O'Connor, will be providing a training workshop at the festival - Short Films: Script to Screen

Aimed at students and novices alike, From Script To Screen will be an informal look at the steps needed to hone that inkling of an idea into a fully-fledged film. Using ANYA as a template, Damien will cover all aspects of production, from idea generation, scripting, storyboarding to animatic building. Whilst focusing on animation, the session will benefit anyone who has ever wondered how turn ideas into bona fide stories.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 9th June from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (BST) in Tulloch Room, Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA, United Kingdom.

Places are filling up fast so if you want to attend this training session be sure to register as a delegate for the festival at:


Check out the full festival programmer here and follow @XpoNorth on Twitter for more updates!

Anahita Tabarsi

Anahita is Brown Bag Films' Digital Coordinator and resident hipster photographer.

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