Please note, this fund has now closed for applications. There will be a new fund launched in due course. The new fund will be for activity that takes place from July 2023 onwards. We will update this webpage with the latest details. Keep up-to-date with our funding developments by following our social media channels and subscribing to our monthly newsletter.
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
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].
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.
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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]
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