There is no programme of funding for film festivals open at the moment but here is some recent history……
The Local Film Festivals Open Access Fund was available for film festivals in regional areas of Scotland. Festivals and organisations offering community cinema provision could apply for up to £3000 to support a film festival event taking place anytime before January 31st 2017.
In keeping with RSS’s remit, applications needed to cater for areas of Scotland where communities cannot routinely access a cinema or where a local initiative would enhance their community, grow audiences for film and increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of the exhibition sector.
The festivals awarded funding in the Open Access strand in 2014:
FLING! in Tain
Outdoor Adventure Film Festival at the Eastgate in Peebles
Scottish Paranormal Film Festival on Hallowe’en in Stirling
Deborah Kerr Season at Tower Digital Arts in Helensburgh
Take One Action FF tour to Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness
Africa In Motion Shebeen Screen tour in Highlands & Islands.
The festivals awarded funding in the Open Access strand in 2015:
Kirkaldy Film Festival
ICKLE Film Festival in Dundee
Callander Film Festival
SKALD Film Festival in Thurso
Southside Film Festival in Glasgow
FLING! in Tain
Take One Action Film Festival events in Aberdeen and Inverness
Peebles Outdoor Film Festival at the Eastgate in Peebles
This funding programme for local film festivals was devolved by RSS on behalf of Creative Scotland and was also supported by Film Hub Scotland.
RSS also managed a Development Programme Fund for local film festivals in Scotland – lasting three years for five festivals.
The aim of the local film festivals fund was to acknowledge and support the role that festivals play in the the regional areas of Scotland in enhancing the cinema going experience for audiences where there are varying levels of provision, both in terms of the films people can see and the places they can see them in. Film festivals also attract and appeal to a wide ranging audience and encourage a year-round activity of cinema going.
The festivals who were on the Development Programme, making a difference in their community and their area, were:
Screenplay, Shetland (September)
South West Picture Show, Dumfries & Galloway (October).