Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC is an artist led production company based in Stornoway which commissions film, experimental theatre and strategic arts projects.

Working across a broad portfolio of arts initiatives Rural Nations CIC delivers the annual Hebrides International Film Festival and produces our own Island originated professional theatre and short film projects in partnership with artists and organisations based across the UK and from other countries.

Our short film work in 2021 is focussed on the production of a short drama around Iolaire survivor guilt, based on factual content. Keep an eye on this website for more details over coming months. 

Current theatre developments include a collaboration with Gaelic Theatre Collective Tog-i on a new bi-lingual dementia play, Misplaced  (Provisional title) by Simon MacCallum  with David Walker, Artair Donald. 

Other projects include a new publication on Hebridean Suffrage revealing recent research material and content from our successful touring of Deeds not Words by Toria Banks in 2018. Further detail can be found on the Deeds not Words pages above.

The company is also working on a new phase of research and development where we are looking at digital innovation using theatre and storytelling presented in the context of extreme environments and virtual space.





The Hebrides International Film Festival (HIFF 2021)

Provisional dates have been set for HIFF2021 in collaboration with An Lanntair Arts Centre at 19th to 24th April 2021. 

(Due to current and potentially ongoing COVID 19  restrictions on operation of cinemas this event may still be subject to postponement. However, to work with CIOVID 19 restrictions the format of the Festival will be blended with some unique outdoor screenings where venues cannot screen indoors and some online screenings. 


(Status at 7 January 2021).



Global lockdown measures have generated a wave of digitalisation, and the performing arts have undoubtedly been pulled in with it. As it is not that obvious for the live arts to jump from the real life domain to the Internet, we need to ask ourselves: what does this mean for the future of our sector? Based on the key findings of a short but effective survey IETM circulated among their members, this report compiles 7 key points covering the concerns with digitalisation and how to go about it effectively. 

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Find out more about IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts) here.


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