Supporting the big-screen experience in Scotland
People everywhere enjoy going to the cinema. In cities and larger towns there is usually a choice of cinemas and films. But it’s not so easy to locate big-screen entertainment in many less populous areas of Scotland. Only 3 per cent of UK cinemas are located in rural areas and many mid-size coastal towns have lost their cinemas.
Regional Screen Scotland (www.regionalscreenscotland.org) was established in 2008 to focus on developing cinemagoing opportunities throughout Scotland especially beyond the major cities.
The role of the organisation is to provide:
• Advocacy and leadership – in partnership with the cinema sectors in Scotland, the UK and Europe, as well as private, public and voluntary sector organisations including Scottish local authorities
• Advice and information – assistance to communities and organisations across Scotland with an interest in improving access to film and the moving image
• Capacity building – assistance with a range of development issues including technical presentation, venue planning and development, marketing and audience development
• Funder – management of grant aid schemes devolved by Creative Scotland. (See ‘Funding’ page for details)
• Delivery – provision of services such as skills development and mentoring programmes which support the development of cinema in Scotland, as well as operating the mobile cinema Screen Machine throughout remote and rural areas of Scotland (www.screenmachine.co.uk).
For more information please contact: Ron Inglis, Director, Regional Screen Scotland, 20 Forth Street, Edinburgh EH1 3LH firstname.lastname@example.org