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: Powering 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.
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 done most to make your festival special?
To make a nomination, simply complete this form, telling us about why your selection should win the award and send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to make a nomination is 5pm Friday 23 March.
At the event, we’ll showcase the achievements of all the nominees and our special guest will present the winners with their award. There will then be a dinner reception and a chance to network and get to know other festivals.
Learning and Sharing
Saturday 28 April will be a day of learning, sharing and networking, with panel events and workshops catering to the priorities and experiences of the wide variety of local film festivals in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Making it Matter
How do we create a local film festival that is meaningful and engaging to our local community? Film festivals can benefit their communities in far-reaching ways, they bring people, venues, businesses and organisations together around a shared goal. They have social value for their economy, culture, heritage and wellbeing. But how do you create a strong vision for your programme, identify your resources, address what a community wants, or what is missing from the local culture? In this session, we’ll be discussing how to make it matter, how to create a programme that can engage audiences of all kinds and consider what inclusivity means in different communities.
Confirmed speakers at this time are Ann Campbell from Dunoon Film Festival and Venue Manager at Dunoon Burgh Hall; Tanya Karlebach from Cromarty Film Festival and Jonathan Coburn, Founder and Director of Social Value Lab.
Film Festivals rely on huge amounts of different resources in order to be realised. Often there are major barriers to overcome with little infrastructure to make it happen. A local film festival relies on a range of support – whether it’s partnership working, sponsorship, local or national funding – that can all help to make the event meaningful for the community. We’ll be discussing ways to think innovatively about your resources, identify the strengths you can bring to a partnership, and how to stay true to your vision whilst working collaboratively.
Confirmed speakers at this time are Alison Strauss, Director of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in Bo’ness, Louise Carney of Aberfeldy Film Festival and Heartland Film Society and Ema Lea, Director of Whitley Bay Film Festival.
Making it Last
Sustainability is about whether a festival continues to be meaningful to its audience, volunteers and staff beyond the first edition – but how is that achieved? We’ll be discussing the ways that large-scale special events can reach a wide audience, and how to persuade them to try something new; how engaging young people in participatory projects can create a new audience and the festival organisers of the future; and how taking care of volunteers (and/including ourselves!) can bring people back to supporting a festival year after year.
Confirmed speakers at this time are Jen Skinner, Programme Manager, Screen Tiree and Pete Johnson, Head of Operations at INDY Cinema Group.
At Your Festival, Your Community there will also be the opportunity to meet in smaller groups for workshops aimed at festivals at different levels of experience. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve delivered several editions of your festival, or if you’re reflecting on many years of running a film festival, there will be the chance to speak with an experienced facilitator and other festivals like you to share experiences of what works – and what doesn’t.
Workshop 1 – How to Start a Film Festival
Matt Lloyd, who has worked in film exhibition in Scotland for two decades and is currently Director of Glasgow Short Film Festival, will take you through the process of identifying what kind of festival you want to present and to think about who your audience could be, as well as some of the practicalities such as licensing, equipment hire and funding. For festivals at the concept stage, or 1-3 years old.
Workshop 2 – Where Are we Now?
Cromarty Film Festival just celebrated its 10th edition in December 2017. Joining us from the festival team will be Tanya Karlebach, to provide the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on how to grow a festival and become part of a community’s cultural calendar. A chance to meet festivals at a similar stage of experience, and share your case studies. For festivals 4 – 7 years old.
Workshop 3 – What’s Next?
An opportunity to network, share stories and reflect on questions such as – how have we benefitted the community and what more can we do? What’s our social value? What will the festival look like in another 5 years? For festivals 7+ years old. Facilitator TBC.
Attending Your Festival, Your Community
Both Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April events are free to attend and take place at MacRobert, University of Stirling. Accommodation at a discounted rate will be available to book at Stirling Court Hotel, on campus – a 5 minute walk from MacRobert. Dinner is provided on Friday evening as part of the event, and lunch and break time refreshments are included on Saturday. Saturday’s activities will run from approximately 9.30am – 4.30pm
If you’d like to attend the event, please note your interest by emailing and letting us know if you’re interested in attending either or both days: email@example.com
Travel and Accommodation Bursaries
We have a limited number of bursaries available for travel and accommodation. We can offer up to £150 for travel & accommodation, and up to £90 for accommodation. When you contact us to note your interest in attending, please also let us know if you will be applying for a bursary as well.
Further programme details and guest speakers will be announced soon and official registration, along with details of how to apply for travel and accommodation bursaries, will open at the beginning of February.
Your Festival, Your Community and the Local Film Festival Challenge Fund are supported by Creative Scotland and Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI’s Film Audience Network.