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Investments 2008

Here are listings of all investments made by Scottish Screen in 2008.

This support is made as an offer of investment and will always be subject to our standard conditions being met. It may also contain quite specific conditions which must be met before the offer of investment is confirmed.

 

DECEMBER 2008

Audience Development

Kingussie Food On Film Festival (Winter Festival 6-7 February 2009)
Auld Alliance Gourmet Academy
£2,000
National Lottery 
Kingussie Food On Film Festival presents two events in 2009, the Winter Festival in February and the Summer Festival in July 2009. Auld Alliance Gourmet Academy received support for the Winter Festival which offers a diverse selection of shorts, features and documentaries with events, Q&As, celebrity cooking demonstrations and local food markets. New to this year's featival is a Youth Award for short food films made by local schoolchildren.

NOVEMBER 2008

Content Development

Die Laughing
Delirious Productions
£9,500
National Lottery 
Delirious Productions was awarded support to develop their first feature Die Laughing, a coming-of-age story with a difference. Scottish writer Billy MacKinnon and director Gillies Mackinnon will both be working on this production, which tells the story of two misfits – a grandfather and his grandson.

Audience Development

The Second Cromarty Film Festival (5-7 Dec 2008)
Cromarty Film Society
£4,775
National Lottery 
Cromarty Film Society received funding for the second Cromarty Film Festival in 2008. The festival was held in venues around Cromarty and Resolis, screening a wide range of films, some selected by special guests including Kirsty Wark, Karen Matheson, Janice Forsyth, David Mackenzie, Michael Caton-Jones, Donald Shaw, Robert Livingston and Gus Wylie. The festival also hosted a children’s programme, Gaelic elements, documentaries and lectures.

Markets and Festivals

IDFA Attendance (20-30 Nov 2008)
Scottish Documentary Institute
£993
National Lottery 
Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) received funding to attend the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the biggest documentary festival and market in the world. SDI were present at the festival to represent Scottish documentary films and participate in the Forum.

Encounters Film Festival  Attendance (18-23 Nov 2008)
DigiCult Ltd
£1113.00
National Lottery 
DigiCult Ltd received funding to attend Encounters Short Film Festival 2008 in Bristol in order to promote Scottish Digital Shorts, Digital Nation and 4mations Digital Shorts and make strategic contacts with the industry.

Digital Projection Fund

Digital Projection Equipment Programme
Club Films
£14,670
Grant in Aid 
Club Film is an award-winning film society in Skye and is run by Chris Young of Young Films, makers of recent Gaelic language film Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle. The club has a specific focus on foreign language and classic films. The society aims to use the award to further enhance access. The film society also intends to engage with local secondary schools to attract new audiences to these genres.

Digital Projection Equipment Programme Universal Hall Arts Centre
£35,000
Grant in Aid  
The Universal Hall in Forres, Morayshire has screened films for 20 years with a capacity of 200. There is potential to increase the current diet of 20 screenings per year to two screenings per week, including independent, foreign language and mainstream films to complement the programming in Inverness.

Digital Projection Equipment Programme The Buccleuch Centre
£26,193
Grant in Aid 
The Buccleuch Centre in Langholm, Dumfriesshire is a multi-arts centre which opened in February 2007 and has since attracted 30,000 people from the immediate area and the surrounding towns of Hawick, Gretna, Lockerbie and Carlisle. The installation of digital cinema projection equipment will allow the community to watch films on the big screen as well as supporting arts and local projects in Langholm already taking place in the centre. The centre will show mainstream, art-house, and independent films as well as organising themed screening events.

Digital Projection Equipment Programme Microplex Ltd
£35,000
Grant in Aid 
The Highland Theatre in Oban attracts visitors from a very large catchment area. As the only cinema for 90 miles, it will use the new digital projection equipment to increase the diversity of films shown. The current focus on mainstream and family films will continue and will be built on to include more diverse programming. They will screen films by local filmmaking talent, archive materials, foreign language, independent and classic films. The new equipment will also enable the cinema to facilitate after-school film clubs for young audiences as well as screenings to suit their senior audiences.

Digital Projection Equipment Programme Robert Burns Centre
£15,000
Grant in Aid 
The Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries already provides an invaluable cinema experience for its local audience with a combination of mainstream, art house and crossover films. It aims to present 100 screenings per year using the new equipment.

Digital Projection Equipment Programme The Cinema, Newton Stewart
£35,000
Grant in Aid 
The Cinema in Newton Stewart will install state of the art equipment after ten years as a successful community run venue, attracting around 20,000 film-lovers per year.


Digital Projection Equipment Programme MacDonald Aviemore Highland Resort
£35,000
Grant in Aid  
Aviemore Highland Resort are in a unique position to present films to local audiences to Scottish and international visitors to the area. The award will contribute to a refurbishment of the cinema facilities in the resort and aims to show 700 screenings per year. The cinema previously attracted audiences of up to 40,000 per year. On re-opening, the venue plans to run festivals of archive film and showcase work from emerging filmmakers at local higher education institutions, in addition to a regular programme of feature films.


Digital Projection Equipment Programme St Ninian's Village Hall
£14,000
Grant in Aid  
The community in Isle of Whithorn centres around St Ninian’s Village Hall where the installation of a screening room with a capacity of 192 will serve the local population/area. St Ninian’s Village Hall will launch a film society and show screenings of feature films, documentaries and short films.

OCTOBER 2008

Express Film Fund

Skeletons
Edge City Films Ltd
£150,000
National Lottery
Written and directed by Nick Whitfield, Skeletons is a surrealist comedy about two travelling salesman in the business of cleaning skeletons out of people’s closets.

Audience Development

Document 6 (15-19 Oct 2008)
Document
£5000
National Lottery 
Document is Scotland’s first ever independent, international film festival dedicated to screening documentaries that reflect on a wide range of international human rights concerns. The festival brings films from around the world to inform, challenge and inspire a local audience. Document received support to develop Document 6, the sixth annual festival, which in 2008 delivered an international programme of films and events, addressing a range of human rights issues.

Market Development

It's Hot in Scotland at Sheffield Doc/Fest (5-9 Nov 2008)
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
£8,160
National Lottery 
Highlands & Islands Enterprise was awarded investment to host a special Scottish showcase at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2008. The Hot In Scotland event featured panel discussions and screenings.

Markets and Festivals

Sheffield Doc/Fest Attendance (5-6 Nov 2008)
ConnectFilm Ltd
£712
National Lottery 
Edinburgh-based production company ConnectFilm received support to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest 2008 to promote feature-length documentary project The First Movie from Scottish filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins, as well as other documentary projects to commissioning editors, investors and co-producers.

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Meet Market Attendance (5-9 Nov 2008)
Media Co-Op
£1,465
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based non-profit organisation Media Co-op was awarded funding to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest 2008 for the premiere screening of the company’s full-length documentary Red Oil, a story of conflict and intrigue over who gets the profits from the biggest oil reserves on the planet. The company also pitched its new documentary project The Boy From Georgia at the festival’s Meetmarket and promoted its latest co-production Man For A Day.

Sheffield Doc/Fest & Meet Market Attendance (5-9 Nov 2008)
Scottish Documentary Institute
£1,500
National Lottery 
Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) received funding to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest 2008 and represent the work from Scottish documentary filmmakers and the Institute at a Scottish themed event.

SEPTEMBER 2008

Content Development

Kingsway
Sixteen Films Ltd
£20,000
National Lottery 
Sixteen Films was awarded funding for Content Development of new feature film project Kingsway. Based on a true story, Kingsway is the tale of two ordinary, completely remarkable women, who whilst living in a run-down Glasgow housing estate, pull together to foster a new community spirit. Working on the new drama is award-winning Scottish writer Rona Munro, producer Camilla Bray (Summer) and director Jim Loach (Shameless, Casualty). 

The Singles

Zig Zag Love
Machine Productions Ltd
£160,000
National Lottery 
Machine Productions was awarded funding to produce Zig Zag Love. Starring Scots actor Robert Carlyle, Anthony Martin, Cara Readle and Joe McFadden, the production is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Gillies McKinnon. A story of first love and last chances, Zig Zag Love is a bittersweet adventure story written by Scottish writer Mary Morris, focusing on the blossoming relationship between teenage cancer patient Peter and Ziggy, a girl with cerebral palsy. The Singles is run by Scotish Screen and BBC Scotland to find bold one-off drama productions for primetime broadcast.

Talent Development Fund

Digicult
Brocken Spectre/Edge City Films
£75,000
National Lottery 
Brocken Spectre and Edge City Films received support to run Scottish Digital Shorts and Digicult. With three strands of development, training and commissioning on offer, the Digicult route now offers the most comprehensive set of opportunities for short film talent in Scotland. The stands also form part of a the UK Film Council's Digital Short scheme.

Bridging the Gap 6
Scottish Documentary Institute
£75,000
National Lottery 
Edinburgh-based Scottish Documentary Institute has been given long-standing support from Scottish Screen for Bridging the Gap, the only short documentary scheme for cinema in the UK. It is an open competition for seven filmmakers to produce a 10-minute film in a creative and experimental environment. The filmmakers are trained to explore the creative use of digital technology, pushing the boundaries of short documentaries for cinema. This year, the sixth edition of Bridging the Gap has the theme Future.

Audience Development

The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern
£8,000
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based organisation The Magic Lantern received support to grow and develop audiences for their regular and professional short film screening events. The Magic Lantern is Scotland’s independent film programme showcasing innovative short films by emerging and established filmmakers.

Screenplay Film Festival (4-8 September 2008)
Shetland Arts Development Agency
£4,000
National Lottery 
Shetland Arts is a young agency that runs the film and theatre programme at Garrison Theatre and the exhibitions at the Bonhoga Gallery both in Lerwick. The organisation promotes a year-round programme of dance, drama, literature, visual arts, craft, music and film. Screenplay 2008 was Shetland Arts' second film festival, which aimed to entertain and inform audiences about film and to raise the profile of film locally. This year, presenter and critic Mark Kermode and film writer Christopher Frayling curated the festival programme.

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (1-19 Oct 2008)
The Mental Health Foundation
£10,000
National Lottery 
The Mental Health Foundation received support to develop the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival 2008. The festival is a unique cultural event combining creative excellence with public purpose, celebrating and exploring concepts of mental health and addressing stigma, with film as the central source of information and debate.

Markets and Festivals

New York Independent Film & Video Festival Attendance (Sep 2008)
Uisdean Murray
£552.75
National Lottery 
Scottish filmmaker Uisdean Murray received funding to attend the New York International Film & Video Festival 2008 with his short film Sessions of the Mind, which was in competition at the festival. Sessions of the Mind is the third film from the award-winning Jemima Trilogy.

AUGUST 2008

Content Development

Shell
Brocken Spectre Ltd
£11,780
National Lottery 
Shell is a powerful coming of age story set in a remote Highland fuel stop where a repressed teenage girl finds a way of escaping her father and the bitter isolation he created for them.  Shell will be the first feature of Scottish writer and director Scott Graham.  It will be produced by Scottish production company, Brocken Spectre.

Beast
Iris Pictures Ltd
£10,254
National Lottery 
Iris Pictures received funding to develop Scottish writer Colin McLaren’s feature film Beast, a story of a fostered teenage boy with a troubled past, an uncertain future and a 10-foot crocodile about to break free from a rusting cage.

Audience Development

The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams (15-23 Aug 2008)
4Way Pictures Scotland Ltd
£10,000
National Lottery 
Edinburgh-based 4Way Pictures Scotland has received Audience Development support for the project The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, a festival of dream, surrealist and unexpected films, curated by Tilda Swinton, Mark Cousins and Joel Cohen. The festival was set in a ballroom in Nairn.

Kill Your Timid Notion (10-12 Oct 2008)

Arika Ltd
£19,651
National Lottery 
Edinburgh-based Arika has received funding for its festival Kill Your Timid Notion, which explores the intersection of experimental moving image, music and art. The festival is produced and delivered in partnership between Arika and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Markets and Festivals

Strategic Partners Attendance (12-14 Sept 2008)

Hopscotch Films Ltd
£936
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based Hopscotch Films received support to attend Strategic Partners in Halifax Nova Scotia to meet with potential co-producers for a range of projects, but in particular, the feature film Ana, which will be shot in South America. This year’s South American focus made the company’s attendance even more worthwhile.

Montreal World Film Festival Attendance (21 Aug - 1 Sept 2008)
Roaring Fire Productions
£1,000
National Lottery 
Aberdeen-based Roaring Fire Productions received funding to attend Montreal World Film Festival with their new feature film project Rez Bomb, which was screening in competition at the festival. Rez Bomb is a film about a boy and a girl from different backgrounds, who get into trouble with a brutal moneylender. 

Frightfest Attendance (21-25 Aug 2008)
Mothcatcher Productions Ltd
£870
National Lottery 
Edinburgh-based Mothcatcher Productions received support to attend Film4 FrightFest in August 2008, where the company’s debut feature The Dead Outside was premiering. The self-funded feature was one of only five British films showing at the festival, in a line-up of 27 films.

JULY 2008

Content Production

4Talent PILOT: Stacked
4Talent Scotland
£10,000
National Lottery 
4Talent Scotland received a supplementary award for Content Production of Stacked - the winning contribution of 4Talent's new talent development inititative PILOT. The winner of PILOT was 25-year-old Bryony Ive, who spent two months developing her project with Glasgow-based production company Brocken Spectre. Stacked, a funny, smart, contemporary drama about the pressures of being a young woman in the 21st century UK, was broadcast on Channel 4 in August 2008.

Wasted (Documentary)
Blindside Productions
£7,500
National Lottery 
Blindside Productions was awarded funding to make a new short documentary called Wasted. The documentary covers the making of the feature film of the same name and also looks at the problematic issues that inspired the film - homelessness, drug abuse and prostitution.

Short Film Production

Artists Film & Video 2008
Scottish Arts Council
£21,199
National Lottery
The Artists Film & Video fund is a project run jointly by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen. It makes awards available to support innovative and experimental work by visual artists using film and video.

Markets and Festivals

Palm Springs International Shortfest Attendance (21-27 Aug 2008)
Jigsaw Productions Ltd
£1,500
National Lottery
Jigsaw Productions’ short film, The Man on the Side of the Road, was selected for the official competition in Palm Springs International ShortFest 2008. The producer Suzanne Adamson and director Dale Corlett were given support to attend the festival, represent the film and meet prospective distributors, buyers, programmers and investors.


JUNE 2008

Content Production

Outcast
Makar Productions
£447,655
National Lottery 
Blood is thicker than water in this new horror in development at Makar Productions. Makar Productions want to demonstrate that Scotland and Ireland can make quality, low budget horror films which can challenge the gritty-realist perceptions of our film industry both at home and abroad.

Summer
Sixteen Films Ltd
£17,751
National Lottery 
Sixteen Films Ltd received supplementary Content Production funding for Summer, the feature films from Scottish director Kenny Glenaan. Written by Hugh Ellis and starring Glasgow-based actor Robert Carlyle. The film was released by Vertigo Films on 5 December 2008. Summer tells the story of Shaun and Daz, two vibrant kids wasted by their experience of education. All they have is their friendship and for Shaun, his first love, Katy.

Wide Open Spaces
Mead Kerr Ltd
£204,516
National Lottery 
Principal photography began in Ireland on Monday 10 November for Wide Open Spaces. This is a feature-length comedy about two slackers, working to pay off a debt by helping to business a Famine Theme Park for a dodgy local entrepreneur. With a classic double-act at the centre, Wide Open Spaces is a unique take on male friendship and how it is easier to break up with a girl than with your best friend. The film is written by Arthur Mathews (Father Ted) and stars Scottish actor Ewan Bremner (Fool's Gold, Trainspotting) and Ardal O'Hanlon (My Hero, Father Ted).

Content Development  

Renegade
Flying Scotsman Films Ltd
£11,375
National Lottery
Flying Scotsman Films received funding to develop feature film project Renegade. The film tells the story of Erik, a Copenhagen cop, who goes undercover in a biker gang, risking his identity, life and soul. Renegade is a murderous existential thriller set against the real-life Scandinavian motorcycle gang wars.

Audience Development

Take One: Action! (13-27 Sept 2008)
World Development Movement
£5,000
National Lottery
Take One: Action! was Scotland’s first major festival celebrating global activism through film. In partnership with leading campaigning organisations, the festival aimed to promote feature drama and documentary as a powerful tool for activism and awareness, raising issues of local and global injustice. The festival delivered 18 new and classic films, together with director and activist Q&As and panel discussions, would inspire a new audience to begin their journeys as filmmakers and activists.

Africa in Motion (23 Oct - 2 Nov 2008)
Stop and Stir Arts
£15,000
National Lottery
Stop & Stir Arts received Audience Development funding for the Edinburgh-based film festival Africa In Motion - a celebration of the diversity of African cinema. The festival took place in October 2008 at the Filmhouse and other venues, with a programme consisting of screenings accompanied by a range of complimentary events.

Short Film Production

Believe
Young Films Ltd
£50,000
National Lottery
Production company Young Films, based in Skye, received funding for the production of short film Believe. The short is a compassionate and poignant portrait of one man’s grief and desperation following the death of his wife.

Markets and Festivals

Hamburg International Short Film Festival Attendance (4-9 June 2008)
Junebug Films Ltd
£450
National Lottery 
June Toner of Junebug Films was awarded funding to attend Hamburg International Short Film Festival with new project Fuming. This gave her the opportunity to  take part in a number of events and workshops making contact with potential distributors and buyers. 

MIFA - Annecy Animated Film Festival Attendance (11-13 June 2008)
Once Were Farmers Ltd
£912
National Lottery
Glasgow animation studio Once Were Farmers was offered funding to attend MIFA, the global animation event for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing animation content across all platforms. Once Were Farmers attended the festival with the project Terrafarmer, about a lone astronaut who attempts to terraform a hostile planet with a malfunctioning robot as his only companion.

Screenwriters Festival Attendance (1-3 July 2008)
Janice Galloway
£300
National Lottery
Janice Galloway was awarded funding to attend the Screenwriters Festival 2008 in Cheltenham.

Screenwriters Festival Attendance (1-3 July 2008)
Adrian Mead
£300
National Lottery
Adrian Mead, of production company MeadKerr, received support for attendance at the Screenwriters Festival 2008 in Cheltenham.

Screenwriters Festival Attendance (1-3 July 2008)
Colin McLaren
£300
National Lottery
Colin McLaren was awarded funding to attend the Screenwriters Festival 2008 in Cheltenham.

MAY 2008 


Markets and Festivals

Cannes International Film Festival Attendance (14-25 May 2008)
Sigma Films Ltd
£1,500
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based production company Sigma Films received funding from Scottish Screen to attend Cannes International Film Festival 2008.

Cannes Films Festival Attendance (14-25 May 2008)
Brocken Spectre Ltd
£1379.25
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based production company Brocken Spectre was awarded funding to support the financing activities of producer David Smith at Cannes International Film Festival 2008.

Cannes Film Festival Attendance (14-25 May 2008)
Bard Entertainments Ltd
£592.46
National Lottery 
Producer Margaret Matheson's London/Scotland-based company Bard Entertainments received funding to support Scottish writer Irvine Allan's attendance at Cannes International Film Festival 2008. The support was used to facilitate the promotion of Bard Entertainments' new live action feature film Raise You a Hundred (aka The Runner) through meetings with sales agents, distributors, co-producers and financiers.

Seattle International Film Festival Attendance (22 May - 15 June 2008)
Kate Burton
£592.68
National Lottery 
Glasgow-based filmmaker Kate Burton received support to attend this year's Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), the largest and most highly attended film festival in America. Kate attended the screening of her short film The Ice Plant and participated in the subsequent Q&A. She also took part in industry seminars, panels and education programmes. 

APRIL 2008

Content Development

Fires
La Belle Allee Productions Ltd
£9,313
National Lottery 
La Belle Allee received funding to develop Fires, a low budget first feature screenplay from Martin Smith, who wrote and directed BAFTA Award winning short film Tracks in 2006.  Fires is an engaging story and a harrowing tale about the effects of maternal deprivation on a lonely ten-year-old boy. 

Audience Development

Modernity and Tradition - Film in Interwar Central Europe (30 June - 30 July 2008)
National Galleries of Scotland
£7,750
National Lottery
National Galleries of Scotland received support from Scottish Screen to add a programme of avant-garde Modernist film to its festival exhibition. Complementing Foto: Modernity in Central Europe (1918-1945), the Modernity and Tradition film programme explores the unique cinematic style that developed in interwar central Europe.The film series is being organised by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and screenings took place in Scotland at the National Gallery Complex and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

Markets and Festivals

MIP 2008 Atendance (5 - 11 April 2008)
True TV and Film Ltd
£1,442
National Lottery 
True TV received funding to attend MIP 2008 Market, a global content market for creating, co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment across all platforms. It provides a unique opportunitity to meet the key decision makers and discover future brands on a global level.  

HotDocs (7-27 April 2008) and River Run Festival (23-28 April 2008) Attendance 
Scottish Documentary Institute
£1,500
National Lottery
Scottish Documentary Institute received funding to attend two film festivals - Hotdocs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and River Run Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina - to represent the work of the Scottish Documentary Institute and Scottish filmmakers.

HotDocs Attendance (7-27 April 2008)
Fasial Aziz
£591.80
National Lottery
Faisal Aziz’s short documentary The Unbearable Whiteness of Being was selected to screen in competition at HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Faisal Aziz received funding to attend the festival with his film, an eye-opening glimpse into the world of the Asian skin-lightening cream industry that follows two sibling entrepreneurs as they pursue their big distribution deal.

Celtic Media Festival Attendance (25-27 March 2008)
Eyeline Media
£371.20
National Lottery
Eyeline Media, an Aberdeen-based company for television production and business communication, was awarded Markets & Festivals support from Scottish Screen to attend the Celtic Media Festival - an annual three-day celebration of broadcasting, film talent and excellence from the Celtic regions.

Roma Independent Film Festival Attendance (4-7 Sept 2008)
David Newbigging
£530.63
National Lottery
GMAC short Kick About, produced as part of the Cineworks short film scheme, was included in the official selection at the Roma Independent Film Festival 2008. Director David Newbigging and writer Gordon McLean received funding to enable them to attend the festival with their project.

Cannes Film Festival Attendance (14-25 May 2008)
Ko Lik Films Ltd
£1,500
National Lottery
Ko Lik Films took three animated feature film projects and one live action feature film to Cannes International Film Festival 2008. These projects were all at different stages of development with a range of UK and European production partners.

Cannes Film Festival Attendance (14-25 May 2008)
Mead Kerr Ltd
£920.72
National Lottery
Edinburgh-based production company Mead Kerr was awarded funding to attend Cannes International Film Festival 2008 for meetings about the projects New Year, Faith and Hydro Boys.

Short Film Production

Night School
GMAC 
£10,000
National Lottery 
Glasgow Media Access Centre (GMAC) has supported and developed independent filmmakers and new talent for 25 years. The organisation has been awarded funding from Scottish Screen to produce new short film Night School. Night School is written, and will be directed, by Ben Soper and produced by Katie Crook and Karen O’Hare. The film is about a young couple that spend the night together exploring a derelict school. Strangers to themselves and bound by their inhibitions, they struggle to achieve the intimacy they desire. A provocative and dreamlike study of the complexities of closeness

MARCH 2008

Content Development

Laid Off 
Wilder Films Ltd 
£10,770
National Lottery 
Wilder Films Ltd was awarded funding from Scottish Screen to support the screenplay development of low-budget first feature from writer and director Zam Salim, based on his critically acclaimed short film with the same name, which earned him a BAFTA nomination in 2006. Scottish filmmaker Zam Salim  wrote and will direct the feature, whilst Annalise Davis of Wilder Films Ltd will produce it. The film will be shot entirely on location in Scotland and will use Scottish cast and crew. Laid Off is a black comedy centered on the recently deceased, Martin, who struggles to cope with the afterlife and the loss of his living wife.

Express Film Fund

Wasted 
Raindog Ltd
£150,000
National Lottery 
Raindog Ltd received investment from Scottish Screen’s Express Film Fund to support the making of new feature Wasted. The screenplay is written by Stuart Davids and Caroline Paterson, who will also direct the film. Cast includes Gary Lewis and Kate Dickie. Wasted is a low-budget love story about two teenagers who have fallen into prostitution as a means of survival after a life in care. A Romeo and Juliet story with a social conscience, this is an uncompromising and gritty film, which investigates why young people fall into the trap of selling themselves, but also demonstrates how powerful and important relationships and love can be.

Future Fund


SiNs
Design is Central 
£25,000
National Lottery 
Design is Central is a Glasgow-based agency working in motion graphics, graphic design and digital interactive media. All of their work is produced in-house by the Central team who all have diverse backgrounds ranging from programming to photography from animation to fine art. The company also develops its over interactive content. Design is Central was awarded funding to support the development of the company's new entertainment brand. Based around characterisations on the seven deadly sins, the project called SiNs (Sharing Vices on Mobile Devices) will use animated content and user-interactivity to create a compelling environment, part character animation, part character assasination and part social networking. 

Short Film Production

The Bedfords
Brocken Spectre Ltd  
£50,000
National Lottery 
Brocken Spectre received funding for the production inspired by the life of artist Sir Edward Landseer, a colourful character and famed portrait painter to royalty and aristocratic families of Victorian Britain. Written and directed by Henry Coombs, the short film tells the story of Landseer's first visit to the Duke of Bedford and family at their Highland Estate.  

Audience Development

French Film Festival  (7-20 March 2008)
French Film Festival
£4,500
National Lottery 
French Film Festival UK screens a wide selection of new French films to Scottish audiences in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.  This year, the festival expanded from traditional art-house venues into various multiplex sites across the UK, in an effort to meet a demand from film goers in those areas and received support from Scottish Screen to realise this.

Diversions: Festival of Experimental Films and Video (8-11 May 2008)
University of Edinburgh
£2,480
National Lottery
Diversions was a new festival of experimental film and video. that took place for the first time in May 2008 at Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Organised by the University of Edinburgh's Film Studies unit, this unique event brought together some of the most important experimental film and video works from the 1920's to the present. Diversions Film Festival 2008 included over fifty short, medium and feature lenght films together with talks, interviews and workshops with filmmakers, distributors and critics.

FEBRUARY 2008

Content Development

A Family Day Out
Eureka Films Ltd
£12,024
Grant in Aid
Eureka Films Ltd, set up to develop and produce television and film projects, was awarded funding for Content Development of feature film project A Family Day Out. Written by John Milarky (The Strangest Thing, The Smallest Game in Town, The Star, Love Me Tender) and with David Moore (Forsyte Saga, Tom Brown’s School Schooldays, Lilies) to direct, A Family Day Out is a story about three brothers who embark on a life-enhancing journey when they reluctantly return to Scotland to bury their estranged father after 15 years in the United States.


Stevenson Under the Palm Trees
Gabriel Films Ltd
£18,738
National Lottery
Gabriel Films received funding to develop a feature film entitled Stevenson Under the Palm Trees. This fictionalised account, based on the novella by Alberto Manguel, reveals legendary author Robert Louis Stevenson’s darker side.

Education Development


Moving Image Literacy for Learning
University of Stirling
£40,095
Grant in Aid
University of Stirling received funding in support of their Moving Image Literacy for Learning project over a period of two years. The overarching aim is to develop sustainable opportunities for young people to develop moving image skills as an integral part of their formal education. Working with Falkirk Council and Macrobert, the University of Stirling will examine and develop moving image education in schools, and create new relationships to embed MIE in teacher education.

JANUARY 2008

Content Production

The New Ten Commandments
SDI and Lansdowne Productions
£100,000
National Lottery
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 10 December 1948, 11 experienced filmmakers from Scotland will contribute with 10 short stories towards this documentary project.

Festivals

Glasgow Film Festival (14-22 Feb 2008)
Glasgow Film Theatre
£25,000
National Lottery
Glasgow Film Theatre’s Glasgow Film Festival received funding from Scottish Screen in order to bring new audiences to moving image media and educate Scottish audiences, develop a deeper understanding of the moving image, increase the range of content available to Scottish audiences and encourage networks and circulation of work across venues, local authorities and regions.

Projector 2008 (30 Jan-2 Feb 2008)
Projectorfest Ltd
£15,000
National Lottery
Projectorfest received support for its festival Projector 2008, Scotland’s premier festival celebrating the world of animation with masterclasses, screenings and workshops. The festival took place 30 January–2 February 2008 at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

Content Development

Lore 
Edge City Films Ltd
£20,421
National Lottery
Independent producer Paul Welsh’s Scottish production company Edge City Films received support for the development of feature film Lore. Based on Rachel Seiffert’s Booker nominated novel The Dark Room, Lore tells the story of a group of children separated from their Nazi parents and forced to march home across Germany at the end of the Second World War. What transpires is a harrowing, but often beautiful journey, which challenges every notion one has of family, love and friendship. The script for Lore is written by Robin Mukherjees, and the feature will be directed by Cate Shortland (Somersault, Flowergirl, The Silence, The Secret Life of Us).

Audience Development

Short Film Programming
The Magic Lantern
£425
National Lottery
The Magic Lantern is Glasgow’s independent film night that showcases innovative short films, combined with question and answer sessions with filmmakers, writers and programmers to generate discussion on the state of short film.

Markets and Festivals

Berlin Film Festival Attendance (7-17 Feb 2008)
Brocken Spectre
£1,267.20
National Lottery
Funding was given to the company in order to support the financing activities of producer David Smith and director Peter Mackie Burns with a trip to the Berlin Film Festival.

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival Attendance (1-9 Feb 2008)
GMAC
£451
National Lottery
Glasgow Media Access Centre (GMAC) has supported and developed independent filmmakers and new talent for 25 years.  The organisation was awarded funding to attend Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France in order to promote five Scottish short films produced for GMAC Cineworks and Digicult in 2007. The shorts were all selected for the short film market.

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival Attendance (1-9 Feb 2008)
Sigma Films Ltd
£863
National Lottery
Sigma Films received funding to attend Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival with their short film Terra Firma. Two members of the Sigma Team attended the festival and market to support and promote the film, meet with worldwide distributors and make contacts for future world sales of current and future Sigma short films. They also met with industry colleagues about other projects Sigma currently have in development.

Berlin International Film Festival Attendance (7-17 Feb 2008)
Flying Scotsman Films Ltd
£536
National Lottery
Flying Scotsman Films Ltd received funding from Scottish Screen to attend Berlin International Film Festival and promote their new feature project Renegade. Renegade tells the story about Erik, a Copenhagan cop who goes undercover in a bikers gang, risking his identity, life and soul. It's a murderous existential thriller set against the real-life Scandinavian motorcycle gang wars.


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