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Films chosen for creative industries festival XpoNorth

Kaska Image copyright Kaska
Image caption A scene from Kaska, a German film selected for XpoNorth

Inverness-based creative industries conference and festival, XpoNorth, has announced the films to be screened during the two-day event in June.

Held annually, XpoNorth shows feature-length and short films made in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK and abroad as part of its wider programme.

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Image caption French film Half Time is also in the programme

This year's festival received almost 3,000 entries from a total of 112 countries.

The films will be screened during the event, which will be held on 7-8 June.

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Image caption A scene from RotoJam - Winter Edition, another of the selected films

Scottish films to be shown include two documentaries by Highlands-based filmmakers.

Caithness-based David Graham Scott's The End Of The Game tells the story of a journey from Caithness to Africa.

Scott, a committed vegan, made the journey in the company of his neighbour Guy Wallace, a former big game hunter.

Turkish film Fastaqim Image copyright Fastaqim
Image caption A still from Turkish short Fastaqim

Tristan Aitchison, who lives on the Black Isle, was also inspired by Africa for his documentary.

His film, Sidney & Friends, explores growing up living as an intersex or transgender person in what he described as "one of the most conservative and intolerant regions in the world".

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Other Scottish entries include Woman Up by Katrina Brown, of Aviemore.

Her film follows Eilidh, who before discovering she had a talent for mountain biking, would describe her feelings about doing sport in front of others as like "standing on a stage naked under a spotlight".

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Image caption Swedish film Fomo Sapiens

Also from Scotland is Greg McCarron's The Old Croft, an animated film about the construction, ruin of and later rebirth of a 150-year-old croft house in the Shetland Islands.

The international films to be shown include Sweden's Fomo Sapiens, Turkish-made Fastaqim, USA entry A Slice of Life, German-made Kaska and French film Half Time.

A Slice of Life Image copyright A Slice of Life
Image caption A Slice of Life is one of the USA films showing at the festival, which runs from 7-8 June

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