Media release: Transforming local cinema provision in Dumfries and Galloway


A TOURING cinema project in Dumfries and Galloway and a former swimming pool in Montrose  are among 12 community cinema projects across Scotland receiving new funding to transform the local cinema going experience.

From Moray to Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire to Perthshire, local cinemas have been awarded a total of £420,000 through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund.

Dumfries and Galloway-based social enterprise Driftwood Cinema receive funding to enable them to purchase cinema equipment for five cinema venues across South-West Scotland to increase access to quality cinema screenings to rural communities. They will also support a sixth venue to operate a mobile cinema screening programme.

Matt Kitson, director at Driftwood Cinema, said: “This funding from Screen Scotland will enable the five community based venues that we helped launch last year to put on more films in the coming season and reach a wider community audience.

“The volunteers shared our mobile equipment last year, so having their own kit will now enable them to have more control over when they show films, increasing the opportunity for people to visit and reducing the time and effort required to put on a film. It will also free up our hire equipment to support the five new venues that we will be launching this year, further increasing the access to the big screen in South West Scotland.”

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “From community cinemas to touring operators, to multi arts venues and full-time cinemas, these awards are helping to improve and expand cinema provision in every context, increasing its reach, depth and inclusivity across Scotland.”

Notes for editors:

  1. Details of all funding awards for this round
Organisation Location Funding Amount
Africa in Motion Edinburgh £5,000
Centre for the Moving Image Edinburgh and Aberdeen £11,409
Cumbernauld Theatre Trust Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire £100,000
Driftwood Cinema Dumfries and Galloway £23,400
Glasgow East Arts Company Limited Glasgow £18,000
Film Forres Forres, Moray £13,074
Horsecross Arts Ltd. Perth £2,500
Indy Cinema Group Scotland-wide £25,000
Montrose Playhouse Project Montrose, Angus £98,724
Shetland Arts Development Agency Shetland £98,196
The Birks Cinema Trust Aberfeldy, Perthshire £17,000
West Coast Cinemas LLP Greenock, Inverclyde £88,551

The next deadline for applications to the Cinema Equipment Fund are is: Tuesday 24 September 2019. For full funding guidance and application forms, please visit:

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. With funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.  @screenscots

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