Can Film Festival comes to Glasgow

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Can Film Festival

Green movie event shows new Leonardo DiCaprio documentary

Forget Cannes and start queuing up for your tickets to the inaugural Can Film Festival. Leonardo DiCaprio’s green documentary 11th Hour is to be shown at three locations, including Glasgow, next month, in a bid to raise awareness about recycling.

Entry to the film is free and on a first come first served basis but viewers are encouraged to bring an empty drinks can along with them for recycling as admission to the screening.

James King, Radio 1 film critic and spokesperson for the festival, said: ‘I wanted to get involved in this project as recycling is an important part of our everyday lives and is essential to the upkeep of the environment. We have to raise awareness around this subject to ensure a healthy future for our children.’

As King points out, Britain currently consumes eight billion drinks cans a year. ‘Six to eight weeks after a drinks can is recycled it can be back on the shelf being sold as another drinks can,’ he explains, ‘so a little bit of effort can really go a long way.’

The Can Festival will launch on Thursday 8 May in London before travelling to Glasgow and Manchester on 15 and 22 May respectively.

Meanwhile, over in Edinburgh, the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) will tour to Edinburgh for the first time this year. Filmmakers from across Scotland will compete to write, shoot and edit a short film in just 48 hours, between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 May. All films will later be screened at The Cameo on Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 May.

The project currently takes place annually attracting more than 30,000 filmmakers in 60 cities around the world, with the winning film expected to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, alongside an invitation to the Filmapalooza Awards Weekend.

See www.cancouture.com for more information on the Can Film Festival or www.48hourfilm.com/edinburgh for the 48 Hour Film Project.

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