Festivals

Festivals supported by Screen Scotland.

Here you'll find a selection of the festivals supported by Screen Scotland and Creative Scotland.

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Africa in Motion (AiM) is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, consisting of film screenings and complementary events. Now in its twelfth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent. AiM has established itself as a major annual event within the Scottish cultural calendar, whilst also maintaining an international profile as one of the leading African film platforms. The festival caters to a varied and diverse audience from all over Scotland, the UK and further afield.


Alchemy exists to champion the development of independent arts and film related projects in the Scottish Borders region and throughout Scotland as a whole. It aims to advance the arts, by the practice, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of visual arts and film.


Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is the longest continually running film festival. With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF’s vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audiences with a strong ongoing stake in the development of the UK and Scottish film industries.


Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is an one of the UK's leading film festivals. With audience central to GFF's programming and ethos, their aim is to enable audiences to experience the best international cinema. The GFF programme regularly features: new local and international film from all genres; mainstream crowd-pleasers to groundbreaking art-house experimentation; the return of well-loved classics alongside rare cult gems; with filmmaker guest appearances, interactive workshops and discussion panels to complete the mix.


Hebrides International Film Festival (HIFF) runs across venues in Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra including the award winning An Lanntair Arts Centre with pop up cinemas in Stornoway town centre and in Uist. The theme for HIFF's annual film festival is Islands, Environments and remote communities. HIFF screens international feature documentaries and dramas which link to this theme. Over the last three years HIFF have expanded their programming, bringing in international film makers to deliver masterclasses to local and visiting film makers. The festival is committed to encouraging and nurturing cinematic quality film to be made on the Islands of the Outer Hebrides.


Scotland Loves Animation (SLA) is a film festival established to promote animation as art. SLA runs film festivals, workshops, exhibitions, graduate showcases, and all sorts of other events in Scotland to bring animated films to all ages and tastes. As a charity, all events are entirely non-profit: every penny from ticket sales goes into bringing bigger, better events to audiences.


Take One Action is a film festival that takes place over 12 days, exhibiting some of the most acclaimed international cinema about global social change. Harnessing the transformative power of film, Take One Action's programme is brimming with stories of individuals and communities whose very resilience, tenacity and hope are radical acts of defiance. With concepts of truth and democracy stretched beyond recognition, with the rise of nationalist parties and independent journalism under threat, Take One Action's screenings and events offer a welcome opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and our ability – individual and collective – to bring about a kinder, fairer, more sustainable world.