Sands reveals further line-up details

Festival to open with In Camera, plus feature Karen Gillan screenings and Q&A

by Amber Wilkinson

In Camera
In Camera Photo: Courtesy of KVIFF

Further details of St Andrews-based Sands Film Festival have been announced for this year's event, which runs from April 19 to 21.

It will open with a double-bill on Friday, feature Naqqash Khalid’s debut feature In Camera, alongside Harry Holland’s short film Last Call, which co-stars Tom Holland. The filmmakers will be present to introduce the screenings.

The festival will close with Maggie Contreras’ debut feature documentary Maestra about a female conducting competition.

Scottish actress and filmmaker Karen Gillan will take part in a talk on April 21 about her career both in front of and behind the camera, moderated by Girl writer/director Adura Onashile.

Sands will also run a number of talks on the subject of film: The Art of Curation will take a closer look at the work of the film curator, and how to develop the skills necessary to become one. The talk will also ask pertinent questions for the modern-day curator including what is the role of human taste in the digital age? Guests Gráinne Humphreys, of the Dublin Film Festival, and Josh Siegel, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Film, will take part in this special conversation. On Documentary will interrogate the idea that we are witnessing a golden age for documentaries and seek to explore what audiences really want to see in this day and age. Head of Documentaries and Non-Fiction for Apple TV+, Molly Thompson, and John Sloss, producer and founder and CEO of Cinetic Media, will take part in a discussion, moderated by Oscar-winning producer Melanie Miller (Navalny, Maestra).

This year’s family film is the Oscar-nominated animation Wolfwalkers. Other films include Rachel Lambert’s Sometimes I Think About Dying, starring Daisy Ridley as Fran and African fable Mami Wata directed by CJ ‘Fiery’ Obasi. Documentary hybrid Orlando: My Political Biography, will also screen aong, with Silent Roar, which opened last year's Edinburgh Film Festival and Anna Hints' multi-award-winning Smoke Sauna Sisterhood.

Festival Director Ania Trzebiatowska said: “I’m excited to share the lineup of the 3rd edition of Sands. The curatorial process is unique, involving university students with a keen interest in film and, together, we select films we are passionate about sharing with our communities. This year, we will showcase some extraordinary films and talent from around the world, and I cannot wait for our audiences to have the opportunity to discover those, as well as take part in some very special panel and Q&A opportunities with some of the world's greatest auteurs and filmmakers.”

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