Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund

Funding to support organisations who produce film festivals and screening programmes that increase the reach, depth, and diversity of screen culture for audiences in Scotland.


The Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund aims to support organisations who produce film festivals and screening programmes that increase the reach, depth, and diversity of screen culture for audiences in Scotland. The Fund will enable organisations to do this in a viable, sustainable, representative, and high-quality fashion with meaningful impacts and the involvement of the communities they reach. 

The Fund will:

  • Fund festival and screening activity that is distinctive, high-quality, and valued by the communities it reaches
  • Increase the reach of and access to festivals for under-represented communities, both geographic and demographic
  • Support organisations to develop in a viable, sustainable fashion

Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Extension

As of November 2022, we are extending the current fund to include activity which starts production work before 1 April 2023 and has public facing activity between April - June 2023.

There are currently limited funds so please apply only for activity in these months if your event(s) cannot take place at any other time and at least 80% of your public activity is within these months.

  • If you have activity starting in April, you must apply at least 4 months before your activity is due to start.
  • If you have activity starting in May or June, you must apply at least 5 months before your activity is due to start.

The fund will close on the 31 January 2023 or earlier if all funds are awarded. This will be announced on the fund’s page on the Screen Scotland website.

We will launch a new Film Festival and Screening programme fund in early 2023 for activity happening in the rest of the year (including June 2023).

What’s new?

This fund was previously called the Film Festivals Fund. In April 2022 we relaunched the fund with the following changes:

  • This fund has new priorities, including supporting screening programmes
  • We are piloting the BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland and all applicants to this fund now need to evidence they have made an application to these.
  • The application form also calls for more detail about your target audiences and how your activities respond to issues of Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion
  • The fund has moved to a 12 week decision-making timescale and applications are requested at least 5 months before public activity takes place
  • The fund will remain open until the closing date – which is Tuesday 31 January 2023 – or until all of the £600k budget is allocated (whichever is sooner).

In this video*, Katharine Simpson, our Audience Development Officer, provides further details about the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund, what the Fund aims to achieve, and what you should consider before applying.

*Please note that the video was recorded prior to the fund extension announcement so the closing date referred to in the video can be ignored.

What is the budget for this fund?

The total budget for this fund is £600,000.

Who can apply?

This fund is open to new and existing organisations based in Scotland and producing film festivals and screening programmes. All in-person screenings must be presented to audiences in Scotland

New film festivals are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with us in advance of an application being made. Please contact a member of the Screen Scotland Team by emailing [email protected].

Key dates

Publication of fund guidance and application process open for submission: Wednesday 6 April 2022 

Timescale for decision: 12 weeks from submission of full and complete application form

Fund closes for applications: Tuesday 31 January 2023 or when the fund is fully allocated, whichever is sooner.

Activity must take place by: This fund will support activity which starts production work before 1 April 2023 and has public facing activity between April – June 2023.

If you have activity starting in April 2023, you must apply at least 4 months before your public activity is due to start.

If you have activity starting in May or June 2023, you must apply at least 5 months before your public activity is due to start.

The BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot

We have adopted the BFI Diversity Standards, initially as a one year pilot, to encourage a more representative and inclusive Scottish film industry. 

During this pilot, the Diversity Standards are a part of the eligibility criteria for all applications to our Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund from 1 April 2022.

For further details about the Diversity Standards and to download the full guidance document, please visit our BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot page.

To ensure your application meets the eligibility criteria, please read the BFI Diversity Standards guidelines before you complete the Film Development and Production Fund application form.

How to apply

There are now two separate steps to follow for applications to our Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund.

  • STEP 1: Fill in questions related to your project within the BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland on BFI portal 
  • STEP 2: Once you have completed STEP 1, you can submit the Screen Scotland application form for Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund which is available to download below.  You don’t need to wait for the BFI response to your submission to apply to Screen Scotland – but you do need to apply to the BFI first. 

More information about applying can be found on page 10 of the guidance document which is available to download from the BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot webpage.

After applying to the BFI, please ensure you have read the guidelines and Funding Privacy Notice fully before you complete the the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund application form.


Downloads

Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Application Form (Word, opens in a new window)

Download the Film Festivals Fund Risk Assessment Form (Word, opens in a new window)

View the Privacy Notice

Alternative formats

Gaelic version: Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Plain text version: Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Easy read version: Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Large text version: Download the Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Audio version:

BSL version: https://vimeo.com/723401712

Monitoring and Reporting

Download the Equalities Monitoring Form (Word, opens in a new window)

Download the End of Project monitoring form (Word, opens in a new window)


If you have any further questions about this fund, please contact our Enquiries Service. You can do this by email, through our website or social media. 

Email: [email protected]  
Web: Contact us through our website 
Twitter: Send us a tweet @screenscots