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Pilot Projects Round 2: Awards

The second round of our Pilot Projects awards have been granted to four projects from across Scotland, all of whom demonstrated a dedication to work towards BFI’s aims of inclusivity, diversity and supporting independent cinema for Scottish audiences. Read more about them below. 

Glasgow Zine Library
have received Pilot Project support for their Community Cinema programme in their new space in Glasgow’s Crosshill. The GZL team have been showing radical, socially-conscious films since the Library’s inception, but this support will enable regular screenings with talks and workshops to continue in an area of the city with low/no cinema provision: the Southside of Glasgow. Punk and DIY docs and animation make up the programme of 8 films, including
Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Persepolis and The Breadwinner. Storyboarding workshops and talks from queer creative practitioners and artists will expand the screenings, to complement the wider GZL ethos of accessibility and inclusivity for all. Take a look at the GZL Calendar here

IberoDocs is Scotland’s festival for Ibero-American culture, focused on documentary films by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin- American filmmakers. The annual festival takes place across 20 days in Edinburgh and Glasgow with documentary films, live musical performances, art exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses. The 2020 edition of the festival introduces a new programming strand: Diving Into the Archives, exploring the transformation of the surroundings, cities and rural space in Hispanic-Andalusian society. Pilot Project support will enable the production of this strand, including a selection of short films from the Andalusian Film Archive, films by Luis Buñuel and adaptations of the works of writer Miguel Delibes. A commissioned live score from musicians Carmen García and Jesús Osuna will complement the films, expanding the dialogue between Iberian art forms, Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, and Scottish audiences.

CatStrand, an arts and community venue in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, received Pilot Project funding for Climate Conversations, a new season of films and discussions focused on the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. The season of environmentally-minded drama and documentary builds on the popularity of the regular Dalry Film Club and Movies After Dark, a 2017 project programmed by local young people aged 15-25.Partners include Stewartry Climate Group and the venue’s youth volunteer group, with a hosted ‘climate café’ on offer to foster further discussion and debate. Films in the programme include: Cloud Forest, Woman at War Plastic China, Bellbird plus a family film TBC, with post-screening chat led by local organisations actively engaged in the issues raised in the films, including Stewartry Young Farmers, Natural Power, Glasgow Over Plastic, and Loch Arthur. 

Following the success of the inaugural Oban Pride in May, Pilot Project funding will enable the Oban Phoenix cinema to bring regular LGBTQ+ programming to their screens with a new film club, created in consultation with the local community, young programmers, and SQIFF. Films chosen for the programme so far include Call Me By Your Name and Shiny Shrimps and the club, open to all regardless of sexuality or gender expression, will meet regularly to choose the film programme and to facilitate post-screening discussions. Cinema manager Jennie says; “My greatest hope is that we will be able to provide a sustainable club and home for both LGBTQ+ groups and films. It is beneficial for the cinema, the staff and the wider community to be able to watch independent, high calibre film content alongside more mainstream content”.


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