I am really pleased to announce that our film ‘Stranding with Stones’ (see trailer in sidebar right) has been chosen from 100 entrants to be one of 19 films to be screened in the 2010 Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival. I have been told by the event’s organiser, Richard Pettigrew, that this year’s submissions (from 32 countries) have been of particularly high standard which gives Rupert and I further reason to be proud to have our film accepted.

The Archaeology Channel is, if you like, the media shop window of the Archaeological Legacy Institute whose mission is:

…to develop ways to make archaeology more effective both in gathering important information about past human lifeways and in delivering that information to the public and the profession. A fundamental postulate is that archaeology has important messages to deliver accurately and completely to people worldwide about our origins and development as a species and that among these messages are those about mistakes we have made in the past and must not make in the future. In essence, ALI is devoted to archaeological research and its contributions to science and to humanity. In the furtherance of this mission, ALI, its associates, and its employees adhere to the Principles of Archaeological Ethics promulgated by the Society for American Archaeology.

The mission of the festival is:

To exhibit for our audience the wonderful diversity of human cultures past and present in the exploration of our place in history and in our world. To promote the genre and the makers of film and video productions about archaeology and indigenous peoples.

Amen to that, I say.

The festival consists of five days of juried films and videos on archaeological and indigenous topics and takes place over the evenings of the 18th to the 21st May and the morning and afternoon of Saturday 22nd with the awards reception taking place in the evening. The venue hosting the event is the Soreng Theater, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Needless to say, we encourage anyone interested to make the effort to be there and we will be doing our own best to attend. However, the cost of the transatlantic flight and accommodation are a problem at the moment so any ideas about how that little caveat may be overcome would be most welcome. Anyway, fingers crossed – hopefully see you there!

I’ll keep you updated …