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Regional Screen Scotland

Advice, information & signposting

We can often answer enquiries about cinema development, cinema and film club operation and programming, film festivals, and other related areas. Please check our useful stuff page.

If you require more than factual information, please contact us to discuss your project and where possible we will provide advice and guidance to assist with your development or project. We may refer you to specialist third parties if this is required.

Cinema exhibitors, film clubs, film festivals and other organisations often benefit from sharing information among their peers. Our case studies section provides an overview of organisations working today in the sector.  Regional Screen Scotland has set up a ‘closed’ Facebook group for everyone involved in showing films in Scotland.  This is where you can ask all sorts of questions of your peers who like you are right in the thick of it and may have found solutions that could be helpful to you rather than you spending hours researching the same thing.  Please contact us to join this Facebook.  You can view the Screen Community Facebook here.

Advocacy, networking & making connections

Great screen experiences bring people together. Whether it be the latest blockbuster, an independent or ‘arthouse’ film, ‘event cinema’, a documentary, archive footage, or films made in and about a local community, seeing anything on a big screen with people you know can be a powerful experience.

Regional Screen Scotland aims to make the case for providing as many local communities as possible with the opportunity to share great screen experiences, whether that be through a film club using a DVD projector, or a full scale cinema with several auditoria.

As a Regular-funded client of Creative Scotland, we make the case for the importance of screen provision, especially outside the major cities, and particularly for communities that face challenges of remoteness, access, or social deprivation.

RSS has teamed up with the Glasgow-based Social Value Lab  to undertake research into the social values and impacts of local cinema and screen provision to help us make the case for providing more communities with appropriate equipment and support.

We work closely with many Local Authorities across Scotland and have built active partnerships with such bodies as the regeneration agency, SURF and Scotland’s Towns Partnership .

We use the Screen Machine as a powerful tool for developing a community’s interest in local screen provision and for building potential audiences for such provision.

Local Film Festival Fund

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:

Cromarty (December)
Dunoon (September)
Hebrides (October)
Screenplay, Shetland (September)
South West Picture Show, Dumfries & Galloway (October).

Developing Audiences for Film

Regional Screen Scotland is a member of the consortium Scottish Film which comprises, in addition to RSS: two cultural cinema organisations (Centre for the Moving Image & Glasgow Film), and two multi-arts organisations (Dundee Contemporary Arts & Eden Court). Scottish Film Manages two major programmes: Film Hub Scotland and Scottish Film Education.

As part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, Film Hub Scotland is one of nine Hubs set up across the UK to extend film choice, increase and broaden film audiences, and enhance opportunities for audiences to engage with and learn about film.

FHS has set up a network of like-minded film exhibitors – from film societies to multiplexes – to work together to better serve Scotland’s diverse population. FHS provide Hub members with a range of funding opportunities, screening programmes, training, networking events and audience research, helping Scotland’s exhibitors become truly inclusive, reaching as many new and existing audiences as possible.

Scottish Film Education works in partnership with Into Film to develop film education for 5-19 year olds in Scotland.Scottish Film Education is embarking on a major national CPD initiative to develop in teachers the skills, abilities and pedagogical expertise required to employ Moving Image Education approaches effectively in teaching and learning. In addition to individual teacher development, we are seeking to create self-sustaining learning communities of expertise and practice across all of Scotland’s Local Authorities.

Culture Counts

Regional Screen Scotland is a member of the Culture Counts campaign, joining with a host of organisations across the sector, to raise the volume of debate around the value of culture.

The campaign engages directly with the Scottish and UK Governments to outline the fundamental impact culture has in society and ensure its value in other policy areas such as health and education, is understood. Culture Counts also produces public resources including summaries of the latest research on the impact of culture and advice on how you can raise the profile of your own work by engaging with local politicians. You can find these resources at www.culturecounts.scot/resources.

Culture Counts is advocating for culture to be included in the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes which outlines the Government’s priorities and provide a focus for delivery. Currently culture is not mentioned and so the campaign is asking for culture to be represented with its own specific Outcome, to recognise the fundamental contribution of culture to the lives of everyone in Scotland.

If you would like to get involved, there are various ways you can join the campaign.
• Show your support for the campaign by following @culturecounts on Twitter
• Sign up to the newsletter for details of upcoming events and new research – http://culturecounts.scot/get-involved/
• Become an advocate for culture yourself – use the Culture Counts toolkit – http://culturecounts.scot/resources/toolkit/– to engage with your local politicians to tell them how your work is important

Culture Counts will be active in the election, running a cultural hustings in April where cultural spokespeople from all the parties will debate and answer your questions. Keep an eye on the Culture Counts website at www.culturecounts.scot and future Regional Screen Scotland updates for details.

Currently there is an Election Toolkit you can access here, or for a PDF click here. This Toolkit gives information on how to make your voice heard in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

If you have any questions, or would like further information, please email christabel.anderson@scottishtheatre.org.