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Pitch Pots: Online Cinema Fund

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we have agreed with our funders, BFI and Screen Scotland, to adapt our Pitch Pots funding. We can now offer funding support to existing exhibitors to undertake online audience development activity, with a particular focus on the collective film-watching experience.

Download Guidelines and Application Form Here 

This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Curated online seasons or festivals

  • Watch-along screenings

  • Online film clubs

  • Paid-for scheduled streaming with shared chat/discussion

  • Collective screening hubs

Support for online projects is available now, for projects taking place from Now – 31 June 2021. We will review these timescales as the situation develops and will extend them if appropriate.

Film Hub Members are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to circa. £500. Please note that applications can be for any sum of money from £200 up to £500. 

If you have a proposal that is significantly more that this limit please get in touch with Georgia: georgia@filmhubscotland.com to speak about the idea directly.

The fund is open now and funding will be allocated on a rolling first-come, first-served basis to projects that meet the criteria of the fund. We are keen to support projects that focus on audience development and serve priority audiences, however we appreciate this is a challenging time and so for many, sustaining your existing cinema offer is key at this point.

The fund can cover the costs of the following:

  • Freelance curation*

  • Production fees*

  • Hosting and platform costs

  • Promoted marketing

  • Licencing costs

  • Filmmaker fees

  • Subtitling and captioning

*if you are salaried member of staff at an organisation these costs would not be eligible

In this time of social isolation it’s vital to cater to our d/Deaf and Disabled audience members as much as possible. We are partnering with Matchbox CineClub to provide FREE advice and guidance for members on captioning your content. 

Where possible please provide captions for work you are screening. Please contact Matchbox Cineclub directly on info@matchboxcineclub.com or 07588489947 (if you are using material that is from a third party platform or provider we would also encourage you to use material that has subtitles or captions).

FAN Online Film Index
Toki Allison (Inclusive Cinema) & Jo Taylor (Freelance Exhibition & Distribution Marketer) have compiled an eclectic list of online indie film recommendations, including new releases, festival programmes, archives as well as digital guides to help FAN members get started. We’ve added a £ symbol where there is a charge associated, but most of the content is available for free.

This resource will be updated fairly regularly, so do check back, and if you’ve got things you’d like to see on here, or if there’s more information that would be useful, or corrections to make, let us know

Cinema For All: Guide to Digital Screenings
As a way to continue to enjoy great film and interact with your community cinema team and audiences during these difficult times, Cinema For All has put together some tips and advice for setting up your own online film club.

This is a great opportunity to experiment with your film choices, try out new forms of communication with your audience, and deepen the connection to your community.



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