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12/05/2004

Scottish Screen hosts ‘Scotland Day’ in Cannes

Scottish Screen has organised a special Scotland Day at the Cannes International Film Festival for Tuesday 18 May.
Frank McAveety, Scottish Parliament Minister for Culture and Sport, will be in attendance and will start the day by hosting a breakfast for Scottish producers where they will be encouraged to share their views on the industry. Later in the morning the Minister will make a special announcement about a major new production initiative for Scotland at a press conference before going to lunch with senior members of the film and television industry.
The only feature from Scotland in competition in Cannes this year, ‘Dear Frankie’, written by Andrea Gibb (Afterlife) directed by Shona Auerbach, and produced by Caroline Wood for Renaissance Films screens at the Debussy Theatre in the Palais du Festival at 2pm.
Once again the Minister will be in attendance and will meet the production team and the stars Emily Mortimer, Gerald Butler and Sharon Small, plus executives from Pathe and Miramax at a celebratory reception after the screening. In the evening Scottish Screen and the Edinburgh International Film Festival join forces to host one of the hottest networking events of the festival, The Scottish Party at the UK Film Centre where filmmakers from all across the globe come to meet.
Steve McIntyre, Chief Executive of Scottish Screen said: "Cannes is one of the most important international film markets and it is appropriate that Scotland should take the opportunity to announce a major new production scheme there. We are delighted that the Minister has taken time out of his busy schedule to further acquaint himself with the detail of this industry. We look forward to having him and his team with us in France."
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