Announcing the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund

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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 or advisors.

Timescale

The deadline for applications is 12.00 on Monday 11th December.
Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of a member of RSS staff, a member of the Screen Team at Creative Scotland, the Manager of Film Hub Scotland, and a film festival curator or manager.

Decisions will be announced before Christmas.

The funded activity should take place in the first quarter of 2018.

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