Inaugural River Tweed Film Festival to Debut at Ednam House Hotel, Kelso, Alongside the Opening of Salmon Season on February 1st, 2024

The River Tweed Salmon Season's opening on February 1st, 2024, promises an exceptional addition this year – the inaugural River Tweed Film Festival at Ednam House Hotel. The festival will span two days and feature a captivating selection of handpicked films curated by Fishing TV, a renowned global film hub for angling enthusiasts.

The film Festival lineup includes titles such as "Paul Young Hooked on Fishing," "Our Wild Salmon" from Fisheries Management Scotland, and the much-anticipated Tweed premiere of "Mending the Line." The latter boasts an outstanding cast, led by Golden Globe winner Brian Cox (Succession, Troy) and Sinqua Walls (Nanny, White Men Can’t Jump), delivering powerful performances that bring to life a compelling narrative about universal themes of trauma, resilience, and finding purpose. 

Director Joshua Caldwell and Mending the Line screenwriter Stephen Camelio expressed their enthusiasm, stating, “it speaks to universal themes of trauma, resilience, and finding something to live for, and strikes a chord with audiences from all walks of life. We are incredibly excited to bring this film to audiences on the river Tweed, Scotland.”

Jamie Stewart, Clerk to the River Tweed Commission, emphasised the importance of celebrating the Tweed's fishing heritage while recognising the need for ongoing efforts to protect this valuable resource. The Tweed, renowned globally and boasting a fishing tradition dating back centuries, is one of the most productive salmon rivers in the UK*, contributing approximately £24 million annually to the local economy and supporting over 500 jobs*.

Ed Burgass, Commercial Director at Fishing TV ‘We’re delighted to support the River Tweed Foundation and showcase some of our fantastic fishing and conservation-related content at the film festival event. As we know, Atlantic salmon are under tremendous pressure and events like this help bring people together to share knowledge, information and ideas which can only be a good thing as we try and protect this amazing fish for future generations.

The Tweed Film Festival aims to unite angling enthusiasts, film lovers, and the local community in a celebration of both the river's rich fishing history and the artistry of cinema. Attendees can expect an experience that combines the thrill of the salmon season opening with the magic of storytelling.

Notes to Editors:


*Economic Impact from Angling on the Tweed River System 2015.

About the River Tweed Film Festival

2024 is the inaugural The River Tweed Film Festival held in conjunction with the opening of the River Tweed Salmon Season. Curated by Fishing TV, the festival showcases a selection of films that celebrate the angling heritage, conservation and beauty of the Tweed while offering an engaging experience for audiences of all backgrounds.



Ednam House

About Ednam House Hotel

In the heart of Kelso overlooking the Junction Pool on the River Tweed, Ednam House Hotel is a historic gem dating back to 1761. With three acres of gardens, this spacious mansion offers a home-from-home atmosphere and is a popular choice for visiting anglers. Its picturesque surroundings and amenities make it the perfect backdrop for the River Tweed Film Festival, seamlessly blending the celebration of angling and cinematic artistry.

About Mending The Line

A story about finding something to make living worthwhile. John Colter, a wounded veteran, returns to the States still carrying the demons of war, hauntingly disturbed by the everyday expectations of friendships and love interests. In Livingston, Montana, he meets Ike, a surly, headstrong fly-fisherman more than twice his age, and Lucy, a talented photographer turned librarian who reads aloud to veterans, both damaged in their own way. While getting treatment for his wounds, both physical and psychological, Colter wants only to re-enlist, to have something to die for. But the real challenge is finding something to live for.

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Fishing Tv

About Fishing TV

Fishing TV is a premier entertainment platform, offering a diverse range of the world's finest fishing TV shows and independent films. Featuring extensive content spanning various fishing categories, including coarse, saltwater, predator, Carp, fly and ice, bringing enthusiasts a global perspective on the sport. Access to the platform is convenient and flexible, with subscription options available on a Monthly or Annual basis. Whether you prefer to watch on the web, mobile apps, Smart TVs, or connected devices such as Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, and Roku, Fishing TV ensures that you can enjoy top-notch fishing content whenever and wherever you choose.

For those unable to attend the Tweed Fishing Festival, Fishing TV offers a 7 Day Free Trial, including a 30% discount on Annual Subscriptions using the code TWEED.

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