Wild film fes­ti­val faces end cred­its

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A film fes­ti­val aimed at pro­mot­ing Dum­fries and Gal­loway has been axed.

The Wild Film Fes­ti­val took place for the first time in March but de­spite “pos­i­tive” re­views it has been scrapped by or­gan­is­ers The South­ern Up­lands Part­ner­ship.

It had been cre­ated to help raise aware­ness of Dum­fries and Gal­loway as a tourist des­ti­na­tion and re­ceived £56,000 in fund­ing in­clud­ing £12,000 from the coun­cil.

The de­ci­sion to axe the fes­ti­val came to light in coun­cil pa­pers ahead of Tues­day’s com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee.

Mem­bers will get an up­date on var­i­ous ma­jor fes­ti­vals in the area with Locker­bie Jazz Fes­ti­val also fall­ing vic­tim to the axe.

The pa­pers show the South­ern Up­lands Part­ner­ship be­lieved the film fes­ti­val was un­sus­tain­able due mainly to the loss of £27,000 Leader pro­gramme fund­ing which handed out last year as a one-off.

Both these fes­ti­vals had been due to re­ceive fund­ing from the Ma­jor Fes­ti­vals and Events Strat­egy. Now mem­bers will be asked to con­sider where to al­lo­cate the £14,000 un­der­spend that has arisen from the two events not tak­ing place.

Com­mit­tee vice-chair­man Coun­cil­lor John Martin said: “It is al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to hear that not all the fes­ti­vals we had hoped to part-fund will go ahead.”

See Page 14 for de­tails on the po­ten­tial Kirkcud­bright Fes­ti­val of Light.

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