We’re half-way through the first year of BFI 2022 – bringing the BFI’s aims of inclusivity, diversity and supporting independent cinema to Scottish audiences. We are proud to have funded regional activity across Scotland via our Pilot Projects and Pitch Pots.
Here’s some of the great audience development projects, screenings, events and programming schemes we’ve supported so far.
In August, arts organisation LeithLate teamed up with Hamburg-based shorts programming collective A Wall is A Screen to bring their guerrilla film initiative to Leith, with Film Hub Scotland Pilot Project funding. Over 600 attendees saw their local area transformed into an urban cinema, with the Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, Kirkgate, Cable Wynds House and Linksview House becoming public viewing spaces; site-specific films included Scott Calonico’s The Banana Republic.
Film Hub Scotland support also enabled LeithLate to work closely with local BAME womens' groups on a series of pre-event screenings including Bend It Like Beckham, and a special screening of Bollywood boxing biopic Mary Kom, introduced by Glaswegian female boxer Farah Jamil from Glasgow with the young women from Young Saheliya. A screening of South Asian Britain from the ICO's Britain on Film collection also played to a female audience at inclusive community group Sikh Sanjog.
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The Cameo in Edinburgh also received Pilot Project funding to form an LGBT+ young programmers’ initiative at the cinema aimed at 18-25 year olds. Launched during Pride week, the project aims to explore and focus on LGBT+ film, facilitate discussion around the themes raised in the films, bring together LGBT+ young people to work together, and to contribute to an ongoing strand in the regular programme. Participants launched an Instagram takeover, blogs and their own social media accounts for the project. Find out more and see upcoming screenings here.
Rainbow at the Barn arts centre in Aberdeenshire also offered a safe, welcoming and open space to meet and chat and a programme of screenings and workshops for LGBT+ young people in the area, including Call Me By Your Name, Professor Marston and the Women, A Fantastic Woman and a zine-making workshop. Rainbow pass holders could also access an LGBT+ mini-library and board games in the space. You can find out more about the project here.
The Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen was also focused on younger local audiences, and our Pilot Project funding enabled the creation of their Young Programmers scheme - a group of 15-19 year olds who meet weekly to programme a strand at the cinema, chat and write. The group are also looking towards attending film festivals and being part of EIFF's Young and the Wild programming team at the festival's 2019 edition. Find out more about the scheme here.
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Renfrewshire Leisure are bringing local history to new audiences with Reeling Through The Years, a season of film, music, memories and talks exploring the cinematic heritage of the area and those that live and have lived there. Film Hub Scotland funding went towards Granny and Grandad on Film; an inclusive, interactive day aimed at young people, inviting them to engage with the films and culture enjoyed by their parents and grandparent through a programme of archive film, crafts and intergenerational discussion.
To learn more about our current Funding opportunities, click here.