Hinterlands Rural Film Festival will return to Skipton in 2020

Image credit Stephen Garnett Photography for Hinterlands and GPLD 2019
Image credit Stephen Garnett Photography for Hinterlands and GPLD 2019

Hinterlands Rural Film Festival is set to return to Skipton in 2020 following this 2019’s inaugural festival. Taking place in some of Skipton’s favourite venues and unique spaces, the four-day film extravaganza showcases homegrown and international films which celebrate rural landscapes.

 As well as film screenings, Hinterlands includes performances, activities and immersive experiences inspired by iconic moments in film.

 A festival pass will give film fans access to all of the films and events across the festival. More information about the film programme and tickets will be announced later in the year.

 Hinterlands 2019 took place all across Skipton in venues including Skipton Castle, the Plaza Cinema and the Narrow Boat Pub, as well as more unusual locations such as Aireville Park and The Kennet Barge. The film programme included a 50th anniversary screening of Kes at Skipton Castle, a gig from multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper at the Plaza Cinema accompanying footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom in an army tent in Aireville Park, a screening of Tides on The Kennet Barge, and a sing-along Calamity Jane starring the late Doris Day. Last year’s festival was featured on Radio 4’s Film Programme.

Image credit Stephen Garnett Photography for Hinterlands and GPLD 2019

 The festival is produced by award-winning outdoor arts company Wild Rumpus in collaboration with the Great Place: Lakes and Dales programme, which uses creativity and culture to retain and attract more young people to live and work in the area.

 Hinterlands are looking for local volunteers with an interest in film to help out during the festival. If you’d be interested in volunteering please visit this website.

 Organisers are also interested in hearing from venues, organisations or groups who would like to get involved. Please email

 Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Wild Rumpus said of the festival’s return:

“We’re really excited to be returning to Skipton for Hinterlands 2020. This year’s festival was a wonderful celebration of all things rural cinema, with everything from old classics to cult favourites and new international films. We have some really exciting plans for next year’s festival and can’t wait to announce them later in the year.”

Image credit Stephen Garnett Photography for Hinterlands and GPLD 2019

We’re thrilled that Hinterlands is returning to Skipton in 2020 for another year of fantastic film screenings and events. Last year’s programme featured such a diverse range of films and it was wonderful to see how many local venues, young creatives and partners got involved. We can’t wait to do it all again next year!


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