Film Festivals Fund

Funding to support film festivals and other projects which help bring diverse film programmes to audiences across Scotland.

The Film Festivals Fund aims to increase the range and diversity of films available to audiences and deepen audience engagement. Projects supported through this fund should help to promote the experience of watching films together, and to raise the profile of film, especially specialised film.

We will prioritise support for festivals that improve the diversity of film programmes and audiences, including socio-economic and geographic diversity as well as protected characteristics; and we will also prioritise support for projects that offer engagement with film in locations that have limited access to cinema.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there are no deadlines, however the fund will close on 31st December 2021 and new funds launched early in 2022. Applications received before 31st December 2021 should only be for festivals that take place wholly before the 31stof July 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six months before their festival is due to begin. If you apply less than 12 weeks before your festival starts, your application will be deemed ineligible. Significant costs accrued before our funding is confirmed are not eligible for support.

If the funds are closed, and you wish to apply for a support for a festival in April or May 2022, you can send us a note of interest to [email protected].

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].


Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this fund, please ensure you have read the guidelines and Funding Privacy Notice fully before you complete the application form.

Download the Film Festivals Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Download the Film Festivals 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

Monitoring and Reporting

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

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