Spotlight: Exhibition in Moray Firth

We are supporting cinemas and community cinemas in Moray and the Highlands with our new project, Spotlight.

Over the next three years, Spotlight will equip cinemas and community cinema groups with the skills to deliver an inclusive and accessible programme of cinema screenings.

What is Spotlight?

Funded by BFI National Lottery, the project will build a network of exhibitors in Moray Firth, delivering screenings that engage audiences of all ages and build partnerships within communities and with other organisations in line with the priorities outlined in BFI’s Screen Culture 2033 strategy. Spotlight will work to build the skills, confidence and capacity of exhibitors to make a visible difference to screening activity in the area.

Who is delivering the project?

Spotlight is delivered in partnership with Eden Court Highlands, and led by Project Coordinator, Gražina Ščučkaitė.

Moray Firth was chosen as the Spotlight area due to limited access to – or provision for – cultural cinema in the area. It is hoped that Spotlight will help build a network of exhibitors that will host long-term screening programmes in their communities, making cinema accessible to those who are not regularly able to experience it.

What will Spotlight involve?

We are currently engaging with a range of new and established film exhibitors in Moray Firth, from Aviemore to Helmsdale and from Dingwall to Elgin, and many places in between. We are providing screening equipment and support to enable these groups to begin, or continue, film screenings within their communities.

As a result of the project, it is hoped that communities in the area that are interested in film will also be given the skills and knowledge to begin their own screening programmes.

Spotlight Project Coordinator, Gražina Ščučkaitė, says:

“There is nothing quite like the unique experience of watching a film on a big screen with ‘strangers’ and having a sensation of togetherness.

Spotlight will support organisations and communities to engage with their audiences and build on that relationship to bring more people to the magic that is cinema. Ultimately, the project will establish healthy on-going screening activity that is accessible, affordable and inclusive for all!”

We would would welcome expression of interest from groups in Moray Firth who we haven’t spoken to, or who would like to start screening in their community. If you’re interested, please get in touch