Regional Screen Scotland, the development agency for access to the cinema-going experience for remote, rural, coastal and under-provided communities throughout Scotland, has announced the recipients for its Audience Development Fund.

In 2009-2010, Regional Screen Scotland’s Audience Development Fund supported 5 organisations to run Film Festivals within their local communities and a further 4 organisations to tour specialist film programmes in rural areas. In 2010-2011, Regional Screen Scotland will support 13 organisations with £48,000.  

8 Film Festivals will be delivered by local communities: Alchemy, the first visual artist’s film festival in Hawick; the fourth Aberfeldy Film Festival; Cromarty Film Festival – ‘My Favourite Film Festival’; Community festival Lewis Coastal Film Festival; Screenplay in Shetland, curated by Mark Kermode; Food on Film in Kingussie; and the Three Lochs Arts and Books Festival by Loch Sunart.  Earlier in 2010 Dumfries Film Festival delivered a programme to over 10 venues throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

Organisations touring specialist programmes to rural areas include: Discovery, the young person’s film festival based at Dundee Contemporary Arts; Africa in Motion, which launches at the Edinburgh Filmhouse; silent film accompanying musicians Southwell Collective touring their original composition to The Fall of the House of Usher; and Take One Action, the Film Festival celebrating the people and movies that are changing the world.  Earlier in July 2010 also saw Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival present the first Berwickshire Film Fest using Britain’s only mobile cinema – Screen Machine.