• Regional Screen Scotland

    Helping communities to enjoy great screen experiences

  • Regional Screen Scotland

    Helping communities to enjoy great screen experiences

  • Regional Screen Scotland

    Helping communities to enjoy great screen experiences


Regional Screen Scotland

• provides advice and information on setting up local screen facilities
• operates the Screen Machine mobile cinema
• manages a grant aid fund for Local Film Festivals across Scotland
• advocates for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities

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Scotland enjoys a diverse screen community, from multiplexes to community halls, from Thurso to the Isle of Whithorn. Where there is a will there is a way to watch films it would seem.    

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Latest Regional Screen Scotland Blogs

Your Festival, Your Community event and Challenge Funding announced

January 5, 2018
Three organisations are awarded funding from the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund and Your Festival, Your Community event announced. We are delighted to announce the recipients of our Local Film Festival Challenge Fund. We received 11 applications, all of a very high standard, with proposed projects taking place all over Scotland. The successful recipients of the fund are: Screen Argyll for their project, Sea Change: Empowering Women in Film, which seeks to run a pilot event on Tiree, offering participants from the film industry and the public a chance to share and develop ideas in response to the question, “How can we make change within our industry and reach new audiences?” Campbeltown Picture House to develop the programme for the first edition of the Scottish Comedy Film Festival. The festival, based at the newly restored cinema, will take place in May and aims to showcase classic and heritage film, new releases, short films, animation and live performances and feature workshops and talks. Halladale Film Club for the planning and delivery of the first Halladale Film Festival, to take place from 23-25 March in this rural Sutherland community. The festival will feature a diverse programme of archive films, an international selection, local filmmaking and workshops. The 11 applications to the fund were strong projects and we were thrilled to see the scope for more new local film festivals in Scotland. We hope to work with at least some of those we were unable to fund to help them achieve their aims. Your Festival, Your Community Fri 27 – Sat 28 April 2018, MacRobert, University of Stirling Your Festival, Your Community will be an event celebrating, learning about and connecting local film festivals from all over Scotland. It will be completely free to attend, open to any local film festival organisers in Scotland and the rest of the UK, or people interested in how they can support local film festivals. Celebrating Opening with an awards event on the evening of Friday 27 April, we will recognise and celebrate the achievements of local film festivals and the communities that support them. There will be the opportunity for your festival, or members of your community to make nominations in the following categories: – Best Guest:  who created a real buzz by: introducing a film, taking part in a Q&A, leading a workshop, or just being part of the festival scene? – Most Surprising Location: from harbours to lighthouses, gable ends to living rooms, festivals are forever finding innovative new ways to screen films: has your festival found the most surprising location to screen a film yet? – Extra Mile Volunteer: volunteers are the backbone of local film festivals: who has put in that extra mile to make your festival special and how have they done it? – Biggest Surprise Hit: which film (short or feature) proved to be a surprise hit with your festival audience? – Most Supportive Partner: a sponsor or a venue, a school or a local radio station—which festival partner has

Announcing the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund

November 2, 2017
The Local Film Festival Challenge Fund will offer one-off grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 for activity to take place in the first quarter of 2018, which are intended to help with developing the concept of, building interest for, or planning the format of, a new local film festival, anywhere in Scotland. Why this funding is being offered We’ve learned from managing the Local Film Festival Fund that film festivals can be a highly effective means of building new audiences, and of encouraging existing audiences to try new and different films. They can also be a good way of engaging with young people, addressing contemporary issues, or celebrating a theme or place. You can read more about this in the evaluation of the Fund here. Background From 2014 to 2017 Regional Screen Scotland operated a Development Programme for Local Film Festivals, with funding provided by Creative Scotland and Film Hub Scotland. This provided development funding for five festivals over three years, and a range of one-off grants for festivals across Scotland.  This programme is now drawing to a close, and will conclude with three linked activities: •    A Gathering to celebrate, and share experiences about, local film festivals •    A media campaign to raise awareness of the value of local film festivals in Scotland •    A small, one-off ‘challenge fund’ to support the first stages of developing two or more new local film festivals. The Challenge Activities might include: •    Mentoring support from a more established festival to a new or growing festival •    A regional meeting or meetings to develop a festival concept •    A trial programme of screenings to gauge interest and support •    A mini-consultancy to assist audience development or commercial opportunities This is not an exhaustive list. We welcome different – and innovative – ideas and proposals. We expect to make a maximum of four awards. Who can apply •    The funding scheme is open to properly constituted organisations (not individuals). •    The film festival must take place in areas prioritised by Regional Screen Scotland, namely areas of cinema under-provision within Scotland How to apply There is no application form. Please include the following information in no more than four pages of A4: •    About your organisation: key contacts, legal status, aims, brief history •    Why you are interested in developing a film festival •    What you would like to use the funding for •    What outcomes you hope to achieve •    What you hope the wider benefits and impact may be for your community •    An outline budget (showing a minimum of 10% cash or inkind contribution from your own or other sources) •    Contact details for a referee You should also complete the separate Equalities Monitoring Form. Before submitting an application, you’re strongly encouraged to discuss your proposal with a member of the Regional Screen Scotland team, so please email either 
Harriet Warman harriet@regionalscreenscotland.org or 
Robert Livingston robert@regionalscreenscotland.org to arrange a phone conversation. They can help with making links, and suggesting possible models, mentors

Local Film Festival Fund Evaluation

November 2, 2017
Regional Screen Scotland presents an independent evaluation of its Film Festival Fund of recent years. In 2013 Regional Screen Scotland was successful in accessing three-year funding to set up the Local Film Festival Fund (LFFF). This has been operational since the 1st of April 2014 and runs till the 31st of March 2017. RSS commissioned Social Value Lab to undertake an evaluation of the Fund and to describe the impact of the Fund on the supported organisations and communities they are operating in. The LFFF’s aims were to: ▪ design and manage a Development Programme for five festivals; ▪ manage an Open Access Fund dispersing £20k grant funding annually with applications for a maximum of £3k. The LFFF has been funded by Creative Scotland (£262,500), with match funding by Film Hub Scotland (£48,000). The main objectives of the Fund have been audience development, increased programme diversity and an improved cinema infrastructure. The Development Programme supported five festivals with three-year grants of up to £37,500. These Festivals were: Screenplay (Shetland) Dunoon Film Festival Hebrides International Film Festival Cromarty Film Festival South West Picture Show The Open Access Fund awarded 22 grants of up to £3,000 to be spent in one year to 16 separate festivals. Social Value Lab has been commissioned to evaluate whether the Fund has achieved its stated objectives. The main objectives of the evaluation were: ▪ To evidence the impact of the fund on audience development, programme diversity and cinema infrastructure development; and ▪ To suggest further improvements for future funding programmes. You can read the findings of the evaluation in this report.

‘Four of my Favourites at LFF’: Harriet Warman, RSS Partnerships Co-ordintor

October 18, 2017
Last week I attended the 61st BFI London Film Festival, keen to discover some exciting films that usually don’t see distribution outside of the festival circuit, alongside some of the most anticipated titles to be released in the next year. Here I’ll highlight what really stood out for me.  Something here may interest you for your cinema. The latest film from I Am Love and A Bigger Splash director Luca Guadagnino is Call Me By Your Name, an adaptation of André Aciman’s novel of the same title, written by veteran writer/director James Ivory. It tells the story of 17 year old American-Italian Elio (Timothée Chalamet), and how he and 24 year old student Oliver (Armie Hammer) fall in love over the summer of 1983 staying at Elio’s parent’s palazzo in northern Italy. Oliver is there to assist Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an American professor of Greco-Roman culture, and though he at first seems not to be interested in Elio, their connection becomes obviously passionate. Like I Am Love, the film is an utterly beautiful evocation of lingering love, of listless summers under blue skies and the pleasures of food, music, culture and nature. With his multi-lingual performance, Chalamet is precocious but endearing, confident and vulnerable at once, as he comes to terms with his first love affair. The charisma of both leads, and the tenderness of Ivory’s screenplay make the film an incredibly intoxicating and moving experience, one that stays with you. I find myself wanting to see it again and possibly, again. Jeune Femme screened in LFF’s first feature competition and is the debut of Writer-Director Léonor Serraille – the story of seemingly hopeless Paula (the impressive Laetitia Dosch) as she struggles to find autonomy after breaking up with her long-term partner. Once a photographer’s muse, now homeless and carrying a cat around Paris, Paula appears to dismantle before our eyes, in the most simultaneously frustrating and sympathetic way. She is comically inept, but also defiant, and it’s these contradictions that make Jeune Femme such a pleasure to watch, much like the complicated central roles in Happy Go Lucky and Daphne. Ultimately, Paula reveals her deep humanity, her unashamed desire to make connections in this world, which is inspiring and hugely uplifting. With little familiarity with its source novel, I nevertheless went into On Chesil Beach expecting a ‘weepy’ and not much more. Instead, it’s a quietly absorbing drama about repressed emotions, societal expectations and the optimism of young love. Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel of the same name, and directed by theatre director Dominic Cooke, On Chesil Beach begins with the wedding night of Florence (Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn) and Edward (Billy Howle, Dunkirk) and looks back at their early romance in an attempt to understand why their impending physical intimacy is making them so nervous. Cinematic in its imagery and scope, the film elevates its tender love story from the concerns of two young would-be-lovers to say something profound about the healing power of time,
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