Media release: Transforming local cinema provision in Edinburgh


CENTRE for the Moving Image (Edinburgh Filmhouse) and Africa in Motion Film Festival which takes place in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 25 October- 3rd November, 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.

The Centre for the Moving Image will use their funding to improve audience access and viewing experience by upgrading cinema screens at the Edinburgh Filmhouse and installing Audio Description at Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen.

Rod White, head of Programming, Filmhouse Edinburgh: “Having had the necessary equipment to run audio-described screenings in Edinburgh for quite some time, we’re acutely aware of how much the service means to those who use it. So, we’re especially delighted to now be able to extend the service to our audiences in Aberdeen. This award will also help us maintain the very highest standards of film presentation for which we are well known.”

Africa in Motion (AiM), 25 October-3 November 2019, is an annual African film festival taking place in Scotland, bringing the best of African cinema to Scottish audiences. Africa in Motion will use their funding to update their mobile cinema equipment, which is essential for the festival to create an accessible programme open to a variety of different venues.

Justine Atkinson, festival producer, Africa in Motion, said: “Our mobile cinema has been an invaluable asset to Africa in Motion over the last four years. We have ventured into community centres, integration networks, bars, churches and more, and it has allowed us to create accessible cinema for a variety of different audiences. We are therefore really pleased to be able to update our equipment and continue to broaden this work.”

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 to 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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