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Transgressive North

Transgressive North presents 
the folk film gathering

The world’s first annual festival
of folk cinema
in partnership with the
Scottish Documentary Institute

Folk Film Gathering 2021

Curated by Transgressive North, the Folk Film Gathering is the world’s first folk film festival, screening films that celebrate the lived experiences of communities worldwide. Each annual edition explores the relationships between cinema and other traditional arts (such as oral storytelling and folk song), discovering what a folk cinema has been at moments throughout world film history, and how it may look in the future.









2021 programme

live events: filmmakers 2021 

Our 2021 online programme featured a series of live conversations between some of the world’s most significant filmmakers, who share certain aspects of perspective and approach to filmmaking. The discussions were based around the possibility of a people’s cinema. See the results below...












live events: MUSICIANS 2021 


Alongside our filmmaker conversations and film screenings, The Folk Film Gathering 2021 featured a series of live conversations between musicians from different parts of the world, with connections to the filmmakers. These conversations featured songs, stories and discussions, and were hosted by the Traditional Music Forum’s David Francis. 





2020 programme

Film Ceilidh 2020 

To accompany our screenings, we asked musicians from across Scotland to respond to the 2020 Folk Film Gathering's theme of 'collectivity under pressure'.


Watch performances from some of Scotland’s most celebrated traditional musicians, including Rachel Newton, Simone Caffari, George Duff, Iona Fyfe, Robbie Grieg, Catriona Hawksworth, Allan MacDonald, Megan MacDonald, Tom Oakes, Eileen Penman, Alasdair Roberts, Sally Simpson and more. 



LIVE Event 2020:

Filmmaking and the







Essays: Community

Under Pressure


The director of the Folk Film Gathering, Jamie Chambers, explores how some of our films this year articulate the increasingly urgent importance of collective values.




David Francis, director of the Traditional Music Forum explores how communities in Scotland have fought to prioritise the collective over the communal in a specially commissioned essay for the Folk Film Gathering.


Members of the Amber Collective (Tynecastle) and Nadir Bouhmouch (Morocco) – whose films screened in the 2020 Folk Film Gathering – discuss the challenges and rewards of collective filmmaking, and committed engagements with communities. 



2019 programme