New fund supports growth of Scottish Film Festivals

Five Scottish Film Festivals; Take One Action, Cromarty Film Festival, Africa in Motion, Iberodocs and the Folk Film Gathering have all received funding from Screen Scotland to increase access to and diversity within their festival programmes.

The upcoming Scottish film festivals have together received £340,000 through Screen Scotland’s new £600,000 Film Festivals Fund.

Projects supported through this fund specifically help to promote cinema-going and cinemas across Scotland, and to raise the profile of specialised film.

The pioneering social and environmental change festival, Take One Action has received £136,000 to support the programme over the next two years. The festival takes place in Glasgow and Edinburgh, 18 - 29 September, Aberdeen, 15 - 17 November and Inverness, 22 - 24 November.

Tamara Van Strijthem, Executive Director at Take One Action Film Festivals said,

"At a time when community cohesion can feel particularly elusive, this is a fantastic vote of confidence in Take One Action's commitment to bringing people together, through film, to nurture communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change. We are proud and grateful to be part of a vibrant, diverse film festival landscape in Scotland.

"We look forward to increasing access to the work we champion by devoting more resources to our online presence and to making our events more accessible to D/deaf and disabled audiences."

In the Highlands, the Cromarty and Resolis Film Society has received £46,000 to support the development of the Cromarty Film Festival, held annually at the beginning of December, over the next two-years.

Cromarty and Resolis Film Society said,

“Cromarty Film Festival is now in its thirteenth year and this funding means our plans for the next two years are safely cloaked in sustainability, which, for a festival trying to keep going in a little place, is crucial. We are so grateful to Screen Scotland for their financial support, and for their continued encouragement, and we're excited to get organising this year's programme - roll on December!”

"This funding allows us to support musicians, directors, and creatives to come to the festival"

"This funding allows us to support musicians, directors, and creatives to come to the festival; to make the festival more accessible for the general public by involving new venues across the city, and to enhance our core team to be able to deliver our growing Festival.”

Mar Felices, IberoDocs Director

Edinburgh and Glasgow-based African Film Festival, Africa in Motion (AiM) has been awarded £140,000 towards their next two editions. Now in its fifteenth year, AiM brings the best of African cinema to Scotland—making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent.

Justine Atkinson, Festival Producer at Africa in Motion said,

“We are delighted that with this grant, we can continue to create a platform for African stories to reach audiences across Scotland.  We want to ensure that as many different voices are able to take part in the selection process as possible. Therefore, over the next two years we are going to be undertaking a number of shifts ensuring that we create as many paid positions as possible for BAME curators.”

Edinburgh-based Folk Film Gathering, 26 April - 11 May 2019, has received £12,300 towards this year’s programme which will explore ways in which Scottish and world cinema seek to invoke the qualities of folk tale and oral tradition.

Iberodocs, 11 April - 19 May 2019, which takes place across Edinburgh and Glasgow will use their £12,000 to support the 2019 programme. Iberodocs showcases Ibero-American culture in Scotland, focussed on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American filmmakers. Ibero-America refers to a geographic area that includes Latin American countries as well as Spain and Portugal.

Mar Felices, IberoDocs Director said,

"This funding allows us to support musicians, directors, and creatives to come to the festival; to make the festival more accessible for the general public by involving new venues across the city, and to enhance our core team to be able to deliver our growing Festival.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said,

“Film festivals bring audiences together to enjoy a rich programme of films both from across the globe and those made locally. The Film Festivals Fund provides an important opportunity to nurture film culture in Scotland, to support festivals to grow and widen their audiences.”

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Notes to Editors

The Film Festivals Fund is a rolling £600,000 fund, accepting applications for new and existing film festivals based in Scotland and presenting programmes to Scottish audiences, and to other constituted groups.

Individual awards between £5,000 and £70,000 are available for eligible festivals. Festivals with a strong track record can apply for support for up to two years’ activity (i.e. a maximum of £140,000 for a two-year programme).

For further information, please see the funding guidance and application forms.

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