Film Festivals Fund

Support provided by Screen Scotland

What does this involve?

The Film Festivals Fund aims to increase the range and diversity of films available to audiences and to deepen audience engagement. Projects supported through this fund should help promote the experience of watching films together and to raise the profile of film, especially specialised film.

The fund also enables Scotland-based film festivals to develop and deliver projects that are in part or wholly digital and which provide online communal engagement with film. Festivals experimenting with new and emerging digital models of exhibition to create improved audience experiences are welcome to apply.

Awards will be in the range of £5,000 to £70,000 per year of activity, depending on the scale and reach of your festival. Screen Scotland anticipates awards in the range of £1,000 to £10,000 for digital-only festival delivery, but will adopt a flexible approach and welcome more ambitious applications. Festivals with a strong track record can apply for support for up to two years’ activity (a maximum of £140,000 for a two-year programme).

You can apply for a range of project costs to plan and deliver your film festival, including:

  • Research and development costs
  • Programme costs (such as film hire, guest speakers, workshops/masterclasses)
  • Staff costs linked to the project
  • Online platform and delivery costs
  • Set-up and implementation advice
  • Training for online delivery
  • Equipment/venue hire
  • Safeguarding costs
  • Marketing and publicity costs (including print, online and PR)
  • Disability-related access costs (such as embedded and/or remote captioning, BSL interpretation, Audio D)
  • Audience development, outreach and engagement activity
  • Community engagement (such as dedicated audience engagement and outreach staff supporting attendance through a ticket/travel/childcare fund/bursary etc.)
  • Community engagement where it addresses digital exclusion if your festival is a digital-only activity, particularly with digitally excluded and/or disadvantaged communities

Direct costs associated with digital accessibility such as audio description, captioning and BSL will be considered separately as part of your application.

If your disability access costs take your budget over the suggested ranges above, then Screen Scotland will consider those costs as a supportable supplement. For example, an application for online activity costing £12,000, including £3,000 costs towards captioning and BSL interpretation will be eligible for support.

Am I eligible?

This fund is open to new and existing film festivals based in Scotland and presenting programmes to audiences, and to other constituted groups and sole traders based in Scotland, that meet the aims and criteria of this fund. If aspects of the project involve delivery of physical activity, that activity must be to audiences in Scotland.

Non-constituted groups and individuals are not eligible to apply. Organisations already receiving Creative Scotland Regular Funding (RFOs) are not eligible to apply as a lead applicant, but can be included as partners in other projects. RFOs should not be the main beneficiary of the funding or take the lead role.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Film festivals in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Up to 8 weeks.

Next steps

Visit the Screen Scotland website to read application guidelines and complete an application form. 

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