Your Festival Your Community

27-28 April, MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

PrintYour Festival, Your Community is an event celebrating, learning about and connecting local film festivals from all over Scotland. It is 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.

Regional Screen Scotland is committed to supporting local film festivals, recognising the essential contribution they make to their communities and to Scotland’s screen culture. We’ll have speakers from local film festivals in the Highlands, Argyll & Bute, Scottish Borders, Perthshire and more, to share their experiences and discuss our core themes – how to make a festival meaningful, connected to the community and long-lasting.

Celebrating Local Film Festivals

We’ll open Your Festival, Your Community with an event celebrating local film festivals on Friday 27 April at 6pm. This event will be a fun and informal occasion, with awards honoring the achievements of local film festivals and the impacts they’ve had on the people in their communities. After the event, there will be a buffet dinner reception and further opportunities to network. Visit the Celebrating Local Film Festivals page to find out about the categories for awards and how to nominate your festival.

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. Performing the important role of M.C on Saturday will be Kathy Hubbard, Director of Screenplay festival on Shetland.

About Kathy Hubbard:

Kathy was formerly Head of Development at Shetland Arts. She retired in 2014 but carries on as Shetland’s Screenplay Festival Director, co-curating the programme with Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams. Her obsessions usually betray her in the programming, notably her addiction to documentaries, to films from Scandinavia and the North, and anything involving fur or feathers.  She is also a passionate advocate for children and young people’s rights to see top quality international cinema as well as the usual blockbuster fare.  Kathy is a board member of Regional Screen Scotland. She may really retire one day, but for now, the staff at Shetland Arts just hoover around her.

Saturday Programme

09:30 Registration
10:00 Introduction
10:00 Panel 1. Making it Matter
11:30 Panel 2. Making Connections
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Workshops:
1. How to Start a Film Festival
2. Where Are we Now?
3. What’s Next?
14:45 Break
15:00 Panel 3. Making it Last
16:15 Closing remarks
16:25 End

Click here to register to attend.

When you register, you’ll be asked to pick which of the three workshops you want to attend, please select one. The dinner reception on Friday and lunch on Saturday will include vegetarian options, but please contact us to let us know about any allergies or intolerances, email

Your Festival Your Community is free to attend and we’re offering travel and accommodation bursaries. For more information on how to apply, click here.


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Image courtesy of Screen Argyll.