Funding to broaden cinema access and programming in Scotland for as wide and diverse an audience as possible and encourage and deepen audience engagement with Scottish films, and to support the international distribution of Scottish films.
Awards are likely to be in the range of £500 - £1500
The Film and Television funding programme is provided by Creative Scotland and aims to provide funding for projects from emerging and established screen talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland's creativity to the world.
The Distribution and Exhibition funding route aims to broaden cinema access and programming in Scotland for as wide and diverse an audience as possible and encourage and deepen audience engagement with Scottish films, and to support the international distribution of Scottish films.
Funding can also be provided to distributors or film production companies to extend and support the theatrical release of Scottish films across Scotland.
Applicants should contact Creative Scotland to discuss any exclusions that may apply.
Applicants should be a limited company with a substantive base in Scotland and be able to meet the application criteria. Applicants must be a distribution company with a track record of releasing films theatrically within the UK. Scottish-based film production companies aiming to self-distribute a film produced by the company will also be supported.
The track record of the applicant along with the creative quality of an idea and a project's potential to engage with and entertain audiences in Scotland and beyond, will be the key criteria by which investment decisions will be made.
Key criteria for projects seeking support:
- Provides significant opportunities for the creative and professional development of established and emerging writing, directing and producing talent based in Scotland.
- Promotes Scottish culture and creativity by reaching a national and international audience.
- Leverages significant co-investment.
- Provides opportunities for the professional development of technical and craft talent.
- Demonstrates the ability to be creatively and commercially successful.
Projects will only be supported through this route that are exceptional in their creative ambition and cannot be supported by Flexible Multi-Project Development or through a supported development programme; this may be because of the scale and nature of the project or the make up of the creative team.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the film’s market potential by providing a detailed sales and marketing statement for the film that clearly demonstrates how additional funding will build the film’s theatrical potential for Scotland’s audiences in the context of the fund's aim to broaden cinema access and programming in Scotland for as wide and diverse an audience as possible and encourage and deepen audience engagement with Scottish films. This could be evidenced by the film having already secured a strong festival run and/or having received critical acclaim.
Projects that have a UK distributor in place and where funding is being sought to augment the distribution strategy in Scotland will be prioritised.
Key partnerships should be identified in advance of making an application. This might include exhibitors, public relations, advertisers (print and online) etc.
As funds are limited and competition for funding is high, projects that will increase the opportunity to promote Scotland's creativity internationally and that will return the maximum possible value to Scottish companies will be prioritised.
Applicants are expected to make a contribution towards eligible project costs.
Only the distributional and exhibition of Scottish films will be funded. This is defined as those films from Scottish-based writing, directing and producing talent, or films from producers outwith Scotland that involve Scottish-based writing and/or directing talent.
Applications may be made at any time
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, however, applications should be made no later than eight weeks before a film's intended release date.
Frequency: Ongoing programme.
Link to guidelines:
Applicants will be asked to supply details of their project or activity and provide a written statement covering the following points:
- Project detail.
- Project's creative potential.
- Viability in the current market for film and television.
- Potential benefits/outcomes for Scotland, both culturally and economically.
- What they hope to achieve with their project.
- How they intend to realise the screenplay, film, series or programmes in terms of securing co-investors, production finance, sales and/or distribution.
- Demonstrate that they have a strong track record in the area within which their project sits or demonstrate that they have in depth and up to date market knowledge of the sector involved
Applicants may wish to include links to information about individuals involved in the project.
New applicant organisations must submit a copy of their constitutional documents, equal opportunities policy and bank account details at the time of application.
The application form is available to download from the website.