Celebrate National Lottery Cinema Day on 30 September

Did you know that every time you play The National Lottery, you’re supporting Scottish film and community projects in your local area?

To say THANK YOU, The National Lottery are inviting you to see a film on Lotto on National Lottery Cinema Day, Sunday 30 September! Purchase your Lotto ticket online or in store between 26 and 29 September to get a free adult ticket.


National Lottery Cinema Day Logo

Screen Scotland would like to say a big thank you to The National Lottery and all who buy #NationalLottery tickets for…

Bringing New and Diverse Stories to our Screens

Our brand new £3m Broadcast Content Fund is now open for applications! The fund will enable the development and production of new broadcast projects from Scottish based production companies.

Developing our Talented Directors

Scottish Film Talent Network is delighted to announce the six short films commissioned for the New Talent Scottish Shorts 2018 programme and the seven writers selected for this year’s edition of the Write4Film programme demonstrating the Network’s on-going work and commitment to supporting talent that is new to film and with different filmmaking styles and approaches to storytelling.

Increasing the Range and Diversity of Films Available to Audiences in Scotland through our Film Festivals

Our new Film Festivals Fund is open for applications. Here are some of the film festivals already benefitting from the support:

Take One Action Film Festival

(12-23 Sept in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness)

The UK’s leading global change film festival returns with a powerful programme exploring women’s empowerment, climate change and social movements across five continents.

FANS Youth Film Festival

(16–18 November in Glasgow)

Run by Film Access Network Scotland (FANS), this 3 day festival of youth film puts young people front and centre of programming and content. Their call for submissions to the main programme stream just ended, but they still have a short film challenge open until 5 October.

SQIFF Film Festival

(Glasgow and other areas)

The third annual celebration of the best and boldest in queer filmmaking – the Scottish Queer International Film Festival – took place in August over five days, featuring more than 40 events at venues across Glasgow and other areas of Scotland.

Helping our talented producers to grow their businesses in Scotland through specialist development support  

For example, take FOCUS. FOCUS offers access to sought-after expertise in areas such as digital distribution, aggregation, financing, international co-production, and audience development. The initiative is being delivered through Film City Futures and the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Glenn Close in 'The Wife

Films The National Lottery helped make happen through Screen Scotland’s distribution of funding…

The Wife

Shot in Scotland and starring Glenn Close, The Wife has been receiving great reviews and is out in the UK on 28 September. You could use your free National Lottery cinema ticket to go and see this film!

Outlaw King

Filmed entirely in Scotland, Outlaw King is directed by Glasgow-based David Mackenzie and produced by Glasgow based Gillian Berrie of the city’s Sigma Films. Starring Chris Pine, Outlaw King was selected to open Toronto International Film Festival. Outlaw King has received excellent reviews, with Screen International calling it "a superb piece of action theatre" and Variety saying that it's "Netflix’s best big budget movie to date. Epic, brutal, surprisingly hilarious and tender..."

Wild Rose

Set in the heart of Glasgow, Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters, is a touching music tale about a country singer following her dreams of becoming a star. Wild Rose has been receiving rave reviews following its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, with Variety gushing about Jessie Buckley's "star-making performance" and the Hollywood Reporter calling is "pure dead gallus (that's Scots for 'wonderful')."

Tell It to The Bees

Shot in and around Stirling, Tell It to the Bees is a heart-wrenching portrait of a love against all odds, starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger. The film is set to premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.

T2 Trainspotting

Directed by Danny Boyle and filmed in Scotland, T2 Trainspotting is the follow up to the cult classic 20 years on.