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.

in 2023 we plan to launch a new Gaelic artists film archive called where Gaelic speaking artists living and working in the Outer Hebrides are showcased.

Our short film work in 2023/4 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.  

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 Hebridean Suffrage 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 next Hebrides International Film Festival will take place in September 2024.


IETM the European Network for the Performing Arts have published a research document looking at COVID-19 learning points for the performing arts sector and policy makers.

Read more here



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

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