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Case Study: Glasgow Film Festival 2010

Scottish Screen Grant in Aid Investment: £20,000 until 2009/2010 as part of Cultural Cinema Hub award to Glasgow Film Theatre plus additional £20,000 for business development.

In its sixth edition, under the direction of Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner, the Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) firmly established itself as a vital part of the UK’s film festival calendar. With 30,180 admissions in 2010, this represented an increase of 23% on 2009 ticket sales.

The 2010 festival kicked off with the European premiere of Jean Pierre Jeunet's latest comedy Micmacs. The Short Film Festival curated by The Magic Lantern and held at the CCA saw a very successful third year and opened with a sell-out screening of Cynthia Beatt's The Invisible Frame and Cycling The Frame. A successful Cary Grant retrospective demonstrated that GFF is committed to everything from Hollywood classics to the very latest in experimental short film.

The Youth Film Festival which blossomed from the Glasgow Schools Film Week, showcased a selection of feature films, workshops and special events designed to capture the imagination of the next generation of audiences and filmmakers.

Festival Co-Director Allison Gardner said: “As the UK’s third largest film festival, it’s not surprising that throughout the duration of GFF 10 we were lucky enough to have big stars in attendance like Jean Pierre Jeunet, James Earl Jones and Peter Mullan. But more importantly, we want to remain a warm, welcoming and inclusive festival for the public  - and I think that our outstanding ticket sales are testament to the fact that we remain one such festival and continue to smash previous year’s records.”

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GFF 2011 will take place from 17-27 February 2011. 

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Case Study: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009

Scottish Screen Grant in Aid Investment: £250,000 annually until 2010. EIFF is a Cultural Cinema Hub.

Edinburgh International Film Festival is currently under the artistic directorship of Hannah McGill and each year is celebrated in style. Actors Tilda Swinton and Robert Carlyle, and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, have all joined Sir Sean Connery as patrons of the festival.

Scottish Screen supports the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the longest running film festival and one of the most important in the world, and has been involved in its evolution over the years. In 2007 we increased our support significantly by committing £250,000 annually until 2010, thus fulfilling one of our key objectives of ensuring that Scottish audiences are challenged, excited and stimulated by a wide range of innovative films from around the world. The EIFF plays a key role in promoting Scotland by attracting international delegates and filmmakers. Scottish Screen continues to work with the EIFF to find ways to support and nurture new indigenous talent.

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EIFF 2010 will take place from 16-27 June 2010.

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Case Study: Africa in Motion 2009

Scottish Screen National Lottery Investment: £17,000 in 2009, £15,000 in 2008 and £8,000 in 2007 (Audience Development Fund)

Africa in Motion (AiM) 2009 took place from 22 October to 1 November and consisted of screenings of over 50 films – feature fiction films, documentaries and shorts – from 22 African countries. Africa in Motion is currently the biggest African film festival in the UK. It was based in Edinburgh and most of the screenings took place at the Filmhouse, with two afternoons of screenings of documentary films at the Edinburgh College of Art (eca).

The main theme of AiM 2009 was a focus on issues of trauma, conflict, reconciliation and forgiveness in a pan-African context, as 2009 was the United Nation’s International Year of Reconciliation. The challenge the AiM team set was to bring their audiences films that might be difficult in topic and style, but that ultimately show the true independence of African politics and African Arts.

As part of AiM’s commitment to supporting filmmaking activity on the continent, it hosted a short film competition for emerging African filmmakers for the second year, which received over 60 entries from almost 20 African countries, from which a shortlist of seven films from six African countries were selected.

For the first time, Africa in Motion toured to the Scottish Highlands and Islands during the first two weeks of November. Funded by Regional Screen Scotland, the tour included highlights of the festival screened at four venues across rural Scotland.

Audience numbers increased by almost 50% on the 2008 figure which was indicative of the steady growth of the festival. A number of films were completely sold out and the complete programme, which included screenings and events at the Filmhouse, the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, were attended by over 2,700 people.

AiM 2010 is scheduled for 21 October to 5 November 2010.

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Case Study: Dance:Film 2009


Scottish Screen National Lottery Investment: £27,610 (Audience Development Fund 2007 and 2009)

Dance:Film is collaboration between Edinburgh’s leading cultural cinema, the Filmhouse and Scotland’s National Centre For Dance, Dance Base. The event successfully established itself in 2007 with a well received programme of screenings and events that explored how dance has been captured and represented on film. Dance:Film 09 built dramatically on this with an expanded range of work screening across nine days.

The 2009 programme was richer and wider than previous years, with events and screenings of new and classic films, short film programmes and experimental work showcasing the splendour and diversity of the dance art form. There was a focus on dance film culture from around the world with films from India, China, France, Argentina, Cuba and the US, exploring various cultural representations of dance.  Audiences were also able to take part in workshops on dance styles at Dance Base.

Scottish Screen invested in Dance:Film 2007 and Dance:Film 2009 to encourage a wider audience to explore dance in film and to position Scotland as a place where dance and film is embraced, studied and enjoyed.

The next Dance:Film is scheduled for 2011.

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Case Study: St Ninian’s Village Hall Digital Projection Equipment Programme


Scottish Screen Grant in Aid Investment: £14,000

Machars Movies was established in the Isle of Whithorn in early 2009 as a voluntary community association to promote moving image in the Machars peninsula of South West Scotland. This distinct geographic area comprises two small towns and several villages, with the rest of the population scattered in small communities and around farms. Newton Stewart, just over 20 miles to the north of the Isle of Whithorn is the principal market town in the area and has a 200-seat community-run cinema, operated on a conventional, commercial basis that has been equipped to run 2K digital cinema.

Machars Movies is an independent voluntary association, currently with a committee of ten people drawn from all around the peninsula. It works very closely with the Isle of Whithorn’s community-led regeneration charity Isle Futures, who have been responsible for taking over the management of the local authority-owned St Ninian’s Village Hall, accessing finance to completely refurbish it and, through Scottish Screen’s Digital Projection Equipment Programme, equip it to provide a community cinema facility.

The venture has been very successful and won the Countryside Alliance UK Award for Best Rural Enterprise 2009.
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Case Study: The Magic Lantern 

Scottish Screen National Lottery Investment: £8,425 (Audience Development Fund)

The Magic Lantern is a series of regular short film screening events to celebrate short film as both the origin and future of cinema. They offer a unique platform for traditional narrative shorts and classic work alongside innovative, experimental and rule-breaking filmmaking through their professional and popular events across Scotland.
Short films are curated from all over the world, from local filmmakers and from archived collections to form themed programmes and provide a platform for audiences to see films that entertain and challenge and to showcase local filmmaking talent.
They have worked in collaboration with short filmmaking commissioning scheme, Scottish Digital Shorts, to embark on a short film-touring programme on top of their regular Glasgow and Edinburgh Screenings. For the past three years The Magic Lantern has curated the Glasgow Short Film Festival as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, as well as aiming to reclaim Glasgow as a ‘Cinema City’ for the duration of the festival by projecting archive short films on the fronts of five of Glasgow’s 110 former cinemas.
Scottish Screen invested in the initiative through the Audience Development fund in support of the work The Magic Lantern has done to continually engage a wide audience and to develop a passion in Scotland for short film in all forms. They are talented programmers who can place challenging and abstract work alongside more mainstream films and have presented short film programmes and themes in an accessible and inspiring way.
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Case Study: Screen Machine

Scottish Screen Grant in Aid Investment: Supported through Regional Screen Scotland

Scottish Screen is especially proud to support Screen Machine 2, an amazing mobile cinema which tours the Highlands and Islands taking the latest films to the remotest communities.
Screen Machine is the only cinema of it’s kind in Britain and was brought to life in partnership with HI~Arts who work to support the arts in the Highlands and Islands. From April 2009 Screen Machine 2 will be operated by Regional Screen Scotland.
Built by French company, Toutenkamion – literally translated as ‘everything in a truck’ – Screen Machine 2 has 80 cinema quality seats, air conditioning, a Dolby digital sound system, and 35mm projection equipment. A high quality DVD based projection system is also used for non-mainstream events including film festivals.

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