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End of Year Round Up!

What a year! We're signing off for Christmas, so thought that a round-up of some of our (and your) work this year would make a fitting end to 2019. We'd like to thank all of our members and anybody who helped to facilitate events, screenings, talks and workshops this year, and your ongoing commitment to making screenings accessible and open to all. Here's just a few highlights.

Firstly, welcome to members who joined us this year: we now have a whopping 220 Film Hub members across Scotland, from film clubs to festivals to full-time venues. Look out for a new website feature, 'Meet the Members' in 2020 - we're going to be featuring mini-interviews with as many of you as we can. 

Our Industry Days at GFF and EIFF offered a chance for the Film Hub team and our members to get together in one place, a rare feat when you consider our geographic spread from Orkney to Hawick. This year we presented a mini-slate of upcoming Scottish and UK releases, introduced our 5-minute mini-presentations, heard from Creative Carbon Scotland and Cause4 on sustainability and fundraising, and plenty of chat and sharing. Info on our GFF 2020 day coming soon, but for now Save The Date - Thursday 5 March. As always we can help your attendance at the festival with a Bursary

We awarded Bursaries to help our members travel to ICO Screening Days, Cinema For All's Community Cinema Conference, Screen Argyll's Sea Change, and as far afield as Iceland (read Emma Mortimore's blog about that here). If there's a festival or event you'd like to attend in 2020, do ask us for bursary support. 

Her Century is a newly-commissioned touring programme of archive film, documenting the changing roles of Scottish women over the last 100 years. Curated by Dr Emily Munro from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and accompanied by a zine of commissioned writing, the tour has made stops across the country from Bo’ness to Cromarty to Tiree, with plenty more to come including the Glasgow Women’s Library. Watch the trailer here (featuring TeenCanteen’s feminist anthem ‘What You Gonna Do About Me’). You can read the zine online here

BFI Major Programmes offer FAN members the chance to get involved in a national ‘moment’, celebrating a genre or period of cinema history, and Scotland definitely stepped up to the challenge for BFI Musicals, from a full-scale reconstruction of Brigadoon to Magical Musicals in Argyll, to World Aids Day screenings and a cult German trans-punk-musical. The sound of musicals will continue into 2020 - read about the first round of projects here, and we’ll do another round-up at the end of the season in January. 

The FHS Access Forum is open to any member interested in learning more about making their film screenings accessible and open to all, with previous speakers including Euan's Guide and Alison Smith of Pesky People/SQIFF. Since the forum's inception we have awarded Access Funds to Africa in Motion, LUX Scotland, Document Film Festival and Take One Action, enabling them to provide BSL, captioning, sliding-scale funding and travel subsidies at their festivals. If you'd like to attend the next forum on Thursday 30 January please email Georgia.

As of November there are now three New Promoters working at GFF, GFT and the CCA! The programme aims to increase the number of film programmers who are marginalised working for cinemas, festivals and venues within Scotland. They will each programme and produce screenings and events during their placement and receive training across all areas of running a venue and/or festival. More to come on the New Promoters in the new year, including news of their first projects. 

We also supported HippFest's tour of Rob Roy (1922) with live score from composer David Allison, taking the film to Stirling Castle where audiences enjoyed a truly atmospheric night watching the film in its original filming location, minus the 800 local extras... 

And last but not least, all of our Pitch Pot and Pilot Project recipients who produced amazing work, bringing a huge range of independent cinema to more people across Scotland, from silent films to experimental documentaries and everything in between. 


Oh, and we delivered This Way Up 2019 with our colleagues at Film Hubs North and Midlands – rumour has it this was the best edition yet...

We're back in the office on Monday 6 January - if you have any questions over the Christmas break, we will get back to you then. 

Best Wishes for the Season.

The Film Hub Scotland Team

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