We’ve been busy funding another round of FHS Pitch Pots; mini-grants to support screenings & events across Scotland, with an emphasis on accessibility, developing young audiences and exciting, independent film programming. Here’s a round-up of some of our latest recipients.
Glasgow-based artists and curators Lydia Honeybone (Queer Classics) and Shireen Taylor (The Hidden Noise) have come together to return cinema to the historic building of Govanhill Picture House with GAMIS – Glasgow Artists’ Moving Image Studios. As part of Glasgow Doors Open Days, they received Pitch Pot funding to screen Claude Friese-Greene’s The Open Road (BFI, 1926) at the former Govanhill Picture House, accompanied by Q&A and introduction. The film, a travelogue of 1920s Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats, is shot in Friese-Greene’s experimental colour process using tinted filters - find out more about the film here.
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (RBCFT) in Dumfries celebrated Black History Month with a series of screenings working with the REMiND Network – a group promoting dialogue and community-based research on migrant and refugee/asylum seeker issues – to screen a session of of five films, including Horace Ove’s Pressure (1975), Belle (Amma Asante, 2013) and Shola Amoo’s The Last Tree (2019). Guest speakers and post-screening discussions aimed to foster discourse around race and community, with Pitch Pot funding helping to subsidise ticket costs for BME audiences who might face barriers to attending the cinema.
The Forgandenny Village Hall film club, launched in 2018 as part of Cinema For All’s Launchpad scheme, provides cinema and activities for the village community. Pitch Pot funding supported Silent Night, an evening of silent film and musical accompaniment from musical quintet Gladstone’s Bag. The audience enjoyed clips from silent classics starring Charlie Chaplin, Lottie Reininger and George Méliès, among other. Here’s to many more archive projects in Forgandenny!
Glasgow’s ever-innovative, expansive festival Document received support for the screening and club night of Lisbon Beat; an exuberant documentary portrait of a city and its musicians, highlighting the innovative Afro-Portuguese music scene thriving on the outskirts of Lisbon. The film’s co-director and DJ Rita Maia and Príncipe Discos artist DJ Firmeza brought a blend of afro-futurism and hypnotic techno to Stereo, keeping the party going late into the night.
We’re always happy to support screenings of Scottish cinema, and the Birks Cinema enhanced their screening of Robert The Bruce (2019) in the best possible way: by inviting the man himself (well, Angus McFadyen) to Aberfeldy.
Pitch Pots is our rolling fund designed for a quick decision and turnaround to support smaller events, screenings and seasons. As with all of our funding we seek to fund screenings of independent British and archive film (particularly Scottish productions) and projects that aim to develop a diverse, inclusive audience for non-mainstream cinema. We aim to support activity across the broad geographical spread of our membership. If you’re a FHS member and have a Pitch Pot idea, do get in touch.