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Scotland's leading creative industries conference and showcase is looking for the next generation of filmmakers, writers and musicians to showcase their work in front of industry insiders in Inverness this coming June.

 The submission window to showcase at this year's XpoNorth runs until Saturday 1st April and delegate registration, which is free, is now open and organisers are inviting anyone with an interest in pursuing a career in the creative industries to sign up.

 Highlands and Islands-based creative industries network, XpoNorth, is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 XpoNorth supports business in the creative sector throughout the region on a year-round basis. The jewel in its crown is its hugely popular annual two-day conference and show-case.

 Last year, around 2,000 delegates flocked to Inverness to listen to panel discussions on the hottest topics in the creative industries and to take part in workshops, masterclasses, and one-to-ones with creative industry insiders.

 This year, XpoNorth, a major happening in Scotland's creative industries calendar, will take place on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th June in Inverness.

The conference element, which includes the writing pitches and the screening of selected films, will be at Eden Court Theatre.  The music showcasing will be held in the evening at venues throughout Inverness city centre.

 At last year's XpoNorth, 106 films were screened, 66 bands from the Highlands and Is-lands and beyond played for delegates, and 26 budding writers pitched to a panel made up of leading publishers and agents.

 Iain Hamilton, HIE’s head of creative industries at HIE, said: “XpoNorth is now firmly established at Scotland’s leading creative industries festival, and we are delighted to be supporting the ambitious growth of the event as an international platform for creative talent.

 "To have speakers and delegates from all over the world of such high calibre in the High-lands and Islands is fantastic and goes to show that if the quality of the businesses in the area and the event is right, there is no need to be restricted by geography.

"The speed of change in technology and the way people do business, coupled with the access to high speed broadband, means that the region really is a great place to do busi-ness. XpoNorth 2017 is certainly a must-attend event for anyone interested in working in the creative industries.”

XpoNorth director, Amanda Millen, said: "Showcasing films, music and writing at XpoNorth offers creative practitioners a golden opportunity to have their work seen – and heard – by industry insiders.

"Every year we are always overwhelmed – in a good way – by the amount of submissions which are received across the board. There's a lot of people out there creating high quality films, music and pieces of writing but the important part is getting that work in front of a discerning audience.  That is often the difference between success and failure and it's what XpoNorth does so well.

 "We are all about giving a helping hand to individuals and groups of people trying to forge a creative career in an often cut-throat world. XpoNorth is well known as a welcoming, positive environment and this makes it a unique place to showcase work."

 Films should be submitted via FilmFreeway, a global digital platform for filmmakers to get their work seen by film festivals.

Musicians are invited to submit their music for submission via gigmit, a platform for music professionals to get their music heard.

Writers should submit completed works of fiction or non-fiction for adults via the XpoNorth website.  The writing pitch is being delivered in association with leading literary agents, Jenny Brown Associates.
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