Tilda Swinton, organiser of Swinton Pilgrimage: A Scottish Road Movie Film Festival, is to receive an investment of $15,000 (£9,000) from EventScotland, the national events agency.
The investment will be put towards the cost of pulling a cinema - the Screen Machine - across Scotland. The moveable cinema will start its journey on the West coast and will travel with an entourage via some of Scotland’s towns and villages to Nairn between August 1 and 9.
This is the second cinema initiative from Swinton and festival co-ordinator and co- founder Mark Cousins. In 2008, they staged The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams in Nairn.
Swinton, who lives in the town, said: “Last summer, our Cinema of Dreams reanimated the Ballerina Ballroom, a long-treasured but dormant pleasuredome in the heart of Nairn, with the light of eight and a half days of cinematic journeying.
“This year, we make our journeying a physical reality. We test further our belief that cinema belongs everywhere and with everybody by making our festival mobile, and putting it, literally, into our audience’s hands.”
Each evening the screen machine will play two films in the town where it stops. The film programme is yet to be announced.