A route to funding providing assistance for producers and directors in Scotland to attend international festivals and markets to promote their projects.
Awards of funding will vary depending on the location of festival or market and estimated cost of accreditation and attendance.
Award levels have been determined as follows; the provider will only consider awarding above the maximum in exceptional circumstances, for example where the cost of attendance is exceptional high due to the location of the festival or market.
- £1500 (maximum)
Awards made to fund Markets and Festivals attendance are by way of a non-recoupable grant.
The Market and Festival Attendance route is part of Creative Scotland's Film Funding Programme.
The Film Funding programme is provided by Creative Scotland and aims to support the continued development of a skilled and diverse workforce, fostering real professional opportunities and sustainable careers by supporting both emerging and established filmmaking talent in their professional and creative development and promoting their work and Scottish filmmaking internationally.
The Market and Festival Attendance route to funding provides assistance for screenwriters, producers and directors to attend international festivals and markets to promote their projects.
Applicants should contact Creative Scotland to discuss any exclusions that may apply.
Applicants can apply to this route as an individual or as a company or organisation. The individual, company or organisation seeking support must be based in Scotland and be able to meet the application criteria.
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.
The fund will support attendance at international festivals where the film is premiering and/or screening in competition and the applicant can clearly demonstrate the benefits of their attendance. The provider recognises BAFTA qualifying film festivals. In exceptional circumstances, supporting attendance at UK festivals and international festivals not identified by BAFTA will be supported if the applicant can clearly demonstrate the benefits of their attendance.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their project is at the appropriate stage of development and is ready to be presented to potential financiers, sales agents and distributors, and have a schedule of meetings in place. They must also be able to demonstrate the potential outcomes from their attendance at the festival or market.
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.
Contact the provider for details of any match funding requirements.
Expenditure should only cover:
- Registration at the market or festival.
- Economy travel.
- Subsistence of up to a maximum of £30 per day.
- Reasonable ground transportation costs.
- Reasonable promotional materials, specific to the project, activity and market or festival up to a maximum of £250.
Applications may be made at any time.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however should be submitted no later than four weeks before the festival or market.
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.