First recipients of Local Film Festival Challenge announced

The first recipients of Regional Screen Scotland’s 2019 Local Film Festival Challenge Fund have been announced.

Eight organisations across Scotland made the shortlist to receive funding, awarded by a panel comprised of Robert Livingston from Regional Screen Scotland, Louise Acheson from Screen Scotland, Sambrooke Scott and Georgia Stride from Film Hub Scotland and Catharine Des Forges from Independent Cinema Office.

The fund will allow existing festivals to broaden the reach and ambition of their programming, and enable new festivals and cinema clubs to embed themselves as invaluable parts of their community.

The Festivals

Glasgow’s long-running Southside Film Festival will work with the local Roma community to develop a strand of Roma films in their June festival, in partnership with Romano Lav; the UK Asian Film Festival will extend their annual festival to Scotland with screenings across Glasgow and Edinburgh in late Spring and Alchemy Film & Arts Festival in Hawick will work with local partners and participants to create Film Town, a creative learning programme focusing on Community Filmmaking initiatives and screenings of locally-made films.

Ideas Link in Stirlingshire will present the first ever Killearn Movie Hoolie, featuring screenings of feature and short films for all ages, filmmaking workshops for 13-15 year-olds and a Ceilidh; Carrick Cinema Club in Ayrshire will deliver their first film festival this Autumn, themed around ‘Around the World in Eight Films’, with locally produced food complimenting each screening, and Kelty Community Cinema in Fife will deliver their inaugural Kelty Film Festival in May, screening a selection of Scottish and international titles.

In West Lothian, Stoneyburn and Bents Future Vision Group will pilot the Breich Valley Film Festival, a one-day festival taking place at Stoneyburn Football Park with screenings and workshops for all the family, whilst the new Prestwick Film Festival will feature big screen classics alongside new gems, and is programmed by Friends of the Broadway Prestwick.

"Small amounts of funding can have big impacts”

“Regional Screen Scotland is delighted that this Challenge Fund for Local Film Festivals has helped to stage so many new events, and so many that have been planned and organised by and within communities. It’s a great demonstration that small amounts of funding can have big impacts.”

Robert Livingston
Director of Regional Screen Scotland

Robbi Allen from Screen Scotland said,

“Regional Screen Scotland’s Local Film Festival Challenge Fund is enabling more communities across Scotland to access cinema provision in their area and helping film organisations to broaden the diversity of their provision. This fund continues to embed film culture across Scotland and increase the demand for quality cinematic content from Scotland’s filmmakers.”

Applications open

The next round of the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund is open, again with awards of up to £5,000, and a final deadline of 5pm on 1 July 2019. Anyone interested in applying should take a look at the funding guidelines online at, and you can contact Harriet Warman at to arrange a time to discuss your project.

More about Regional Screen Scotland

Regional Screen Scotland provide information, advice, contacts, and support to both individuals and organisations seeking to start or develop opportunities for cinema-going in their communities. They are committed to helping to bring people together to share and enjoy exciting, high quality screening experiences, where they live.

Digital technologies are making possible a huge range of new and different screen experiences, whether that’s gaining access to classic movies and films from across the world, exploring local history through archive film, sharing live performances in the form of ‘event cinema’, or showcasing local talent and community projects.

Regional Screen Scotland work particularly with those communities, across Scotland, which have no access—or only very limited access—to the full range of screening possibilities. Regional Screen Scotland help to develop this access through working with a range of partners, from Film Hub Scotland to the UK Cinema Association, Cinema for All, and Film Mobile Scotland. Learn more on their website at

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