Celebrating Local Film Festivals

PrintThere are over 25 local film festivals in Scotland, and that number continues to grow, as we have seen from the interest in our Local Film Festival Challenge Fund (now closed). Each festival is different because they speak directly to their local audience, whilst often having a national or international outlook. Local film festivals are supported by local businesses, organisations, venues and most importantly – people – to deliver programmes that engage and excite audiences and benefit the lives of the people in their communities. They enrich their culture, economy and bring people together around a shared activity.

On Friday 27 April we’ll open Your Festival Your Community with an event celebrating local film festivals and honoring their achievements. We’ll hear about film festivals from all over Scotland, and after the event, there’ll be a special buffet dinner reception to allow more time for networking. Part of the event will involve the giving of awards in five categories. Anyone can make a nomination in any category – whether you’re a film festival organiser, a volunteer, an enthusiastic audience member or a festival partner. There’s a simple form to complete, so either fill it in and send it back to us, or why not pass it onto your community?

Five Awards
The categories for awards are:

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 harbors 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.
It could be a sponsor or a venue, a school or a local radio station — which festival partner has done most to make your festival special?

You don’t have to make a nomination in every category, simply choose which nominations you’d like to make.

A panel including Regional Screen Scotland staff and a special guest will decide the awards. The awards will then be presented by our guest at the event at MacRobert on Friday 27 April.

To make your nomination in any of the below categories, please complete the form and return it to: harriet@regionalscreenscotland.org by 5pm on Friday 23 March.

Download the form here.


Image courtesy of MacRobert