Scotland Shows Out at IDFA 2018

The IDFA 2018 programme is now live and there is so much to dig your teeth into! Here's a quick round up of all the Scottish films that will be screening at the festival. 

Heads up! Tickets are already available to book for Guests and Friends and the general ticket sale begins on Thursday November 1st.

Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal


Aquarela takes audiences on a deeply cinematic journey through the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Captured at a rare 96 frames-per-second, the film is a visceral wake-up call that humans are no match for the sheer force and capricious will of Earth’s most precious element. From the precarious frozen waters of Russia’s Lake Baikal to Miami, Florida, in the throes of Hurricane Irma to Venezuela’s mighty Angel Falls, water is Aquarela’s main character, with renowned documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky directing, capturing her many personalities in startling cinematic clarity.

This hugely ambitious project was developed here in Scotland with Aimara Reques of Aconite Productions as Lead Producer. 


Saturday 17 November // 18:30 // Tuschinski 1

Sunday 18 November // 15:30 // Munt 10

Tuesday 20 November // 10:00 // Munt 3

Friday 23 November // 15:00 // EYE Cinema 1

Sunday 25 November // 13:00 // Tuschinski 4


Becoming Animal

Becoming Animal is an urgent and immersive audiovisual quest. Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and radical writer and philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. It’s a subversive nature film in which we pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us. Moose clash antlers and a snail’s body becomes a vast landscape while the myriad sensory tools of cinema explore our complicity with this “more-than-human world.” It has screened at major documentary festivals such as CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Open City Documentary Festival as well as Edinburgh International Film Festival and Imagine Science Film Festival in New York.


Thursday 15 November // 14:15 // Tuschinski 5

Monday 19 November // 18:45 // Munt 10

Tuesday 20 November // 14:00 // Munt 9

Thursday 22 November // 18:30 // Munt 10

Saturday 24 November // 12:45 // Munt 12

Read more on the Becoming Animal website.

Freedom Fields

Freedom Fields is the debut feature from British/Libyan director Naziha Arebi. It follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with History. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of the team. Freedom Fields had its World Premiere at TIFF in September and its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. 


Thursday 15 November // 18:45 // Munt 10

Saturday 17 November // 21:45 // Tuschinski 3

Sunday 18 November // 15:00 // Kleine Komedie + Doc Talk

Monday 19 November // 20:45 // Munt 11

Thursday 22 November // 21:30 // Podium Mozaïek

Saturday 24 November // 15:15 // Tuschinski 4

Read more on the Freedom Fields website.

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, Scottish-based filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.


Thursday 15 November // 12:15 // EYE Cinema 1

Sunday 18 November // 10:00 // Kleine Komedie

Tuesday 20 November // 10:45 // Munt 12

Wednesday 21 November // 10:15 // Tuschinski 1

Saturday 24 November // 22:00 // EYE Cinema 2


Check out the full IDFA 2018 programme.