Parties unite to support a new and exciting event for Scotland

The Wild Film Festival Scotland has been praised as “a new and exciting event” for the country by MSPs of all the main parties.

Colin Smyth, Labour MSP for the South of Scotland, put a motion to the Scottish Parliament which attracted support across the political divide from members of the SNP and the Conservatives.

WFFS is a celebration of the natural world through film, photography, topical discussion, music and more.

It takes place from 24-26 March and its central themes will be Amazing Journeys, Wild Places and Rewilding. Some 30 films are being screened, many of them winners of coveted Wildscreen Panda Awards (the wildlife Oscars).

Mr Smyth said: “This is a real first for Scotland and we are very proud that it’s taking place in Dumfries.

“I really wanted to raise awareness in parliament of the superb work that’s being done by the festival organisers to put on a superb that will offer fantastic entertainment while promoting conservation and tourism.

“The fact that MSPs from all the main parties have given it their support is really welcome, and underlines the fact that this is a festival that can bring welcome benefits to Dumfries and Galloway, and the whole of Scotland, and will also be lots of fun.”

The weekend festival is aimed at all the family and includes DisneyNature’s Monkey Kingdom and Bears which are ideal for children as well as David Attenborough’s Light on Earth and Barrier Reef.

There is a strong Scottish strand throughout the programme with Highlands and Hebridean Summer from Glasgow’s Maramedia, and other Scottish films such as Sullivan’s Winter, Red Sky on the Black Isle and Loch Lomond A Year In The Wild.

There are also celebrity guests such as Sacha Dench who will talk her epic 4,500 mile powered paraglider flight from the artic to help save Bewick’s swans, as well as Iolo Williams from BBC Springwatch and Simon King of Big Cat Diary.

MSPs supporting the motion are Colin Beattie, Jeremy Balfour, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, Kenneth Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Claire Baker and Rachael Hamilton.

Sid Ambrose, WFFS Manager, said: “It’s excellent that news of the festival has been raised at the Scottish Parliament – this is an event for everyone to enjoy.

“We are proud to be presenting some of the very best wildlife films from all round the world while, at the same time, celebrating Scotland’s own natural history films and filmmakers.”

Wild Film Festival Scotland is being made possible due to a series of partnerships. Our funders and supporters include the Rural Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Programme, Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Hollywood Trust, The Scottish Rural Development Programme and e-on.