Wild film festival faces end credits
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.