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Digital Pitch Pots Funding: More Projects Funded

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Film Hub Scotland agreed with our funders, BFI using National Lottery Funding and Screen Scotland, to adapt our Pitch Pots funding for online activity.

With many of our members keen to extend their offer into the digital space and to find new ways to engage their audiences during this time, we have been able to fund a range of online screening projects focused on collective experience. From watch-alongs to director Q&As and online festivals, our support has enabled our exhibitors to reach not only their regular audiences, but new audiences from across the world. To find out more about Pitch Pot funding and apply, click here

Document Human Rights Film Festival
Locked Out - Refuge and Asylum during COVID-19
From 22-28 June, Document  Human Rights Film Festival presented a timely series of online screenings, a masterclass and conversation series exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. 

In collaboration with Scottish Refugee Council, the series offers a platform for discussion and awareness-raising around issues relating to asylum, detention, healthcare, housing and welfare – as well as aspects of the complex relationship between the refugee experience and the moving image. View the full programme here

Shetland on Film: Archive Screenings (Date TBC)
Supported by Pitch Pot funding, the volunteer-led Shetland Film Archive will present a curated selection of newly digitised 16mm and 8mm films from the Shetland Islands in a live Facebook screening. These amateur and semi-professional films, dating from the 1950s to the 1970s, will be introduced by special guests. Audiences are invited to contribute to the conversation around these beautiful snapshots of Shetland life. Films will be captioned with information including title, date of production (approximate if not known), filmmaker and donor. All material is silent, so is accessible for the hard of hearing, and will be followed by discussions and further information about the films. Follow the Archive here.

Screen.Dance: Screen.Dance 2020 Festival
Screen.Dance is a boutique film festival founded in 2016 by Simon Fildes and Peter Royston as Perth Screen Dance, a screening programme connected to Perth Dance Festival. Screendance is an expanding hybrid genre of artists’ moving image, and the festival defines the form as being created by combining the choreographic intention and compositional form of dance with the language of cinema. Pitch Pot funding supported the 2020 online edition of the festival, with attendees tuning in from California to Singapore (and across Scotland, of course) to watch works from across the world, attend seminars and discussions and exclusive artist presentations from screendance practitioners. Read more about the 2020 festival here

SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival): SQIFFlix Screenings
Scottish Queer International Film Festival has taken a taste of their festival programme online with SQIFFlix – a platform to enjoy free, accessible queer short films from the comfort of your own home. Film Hub Scotland funding supported online screenings of Rodney Evans's Vision Portraits, a documentary about the experiences of visually impaired artists, and Transfinite, a sci-fi omnibus film by Neelu Bhuman (whose short film works are now available to view online) in which trans people of colour from different cultures use supernatural powers to protect, love, teach, and thrive. Transfinite was followed by discussion with black queer artists, sharing their responses to the film. The films and events are available to view by donation and include access measures such as captions, audio description, and BSL. Access more SQIFFlix shorts here

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