Scottish Film Summit

The Scottish Film Summit is a forum for debate and discussion open to everyone involved in the film industry and film culture in Scotland. Following on from the Summit at EIFF 2014 and the half-day Summit at Glasgow Film Festival 2015, the Second Annual Summit is due to be held in Edinburgh on the day of the opening film of EIFF, on Wednesday 17 June. Further announcements will be made about the venue, panels, keynote speakers and other news on the EIFF website, the Facebook page and others.

The Scottish film sector is facing a period of immense change, challenge and opportunity. In response to this, the Film Summit will engage all sectors of the Scottish film industry, from producers, writers and directors, to facilities companies, location managers and crews, to film educators, archivists, trainers and academics, festival programmers, distributors and exhibitors. The aim of the Summit is to provide a forum for everyone engaged in Scottish film to come together to discuss the future Scotland’s film industry wants to build. We want the event to be practitioner-led and would like to hear from all practitioners about the issues facing them.

How do we build a Scottish film industry? What kind of industry do we aspire to build? How can we build a sustainable industry that provides a living, grows businesses, attracts inward investment, and shows Scottish stories and Scottish talent around the world?

As well as a forum for discussion and debate, the day will have keynote speakers setting out their views on the issues the Scottish film industry should be considering. This is an opportunity to present the current views and concerns of the industry, and to look at how we build the Scottish industry in the future.

Participating organisations include:

Centre for the Moving Image
Edinburgh College of Art
Independent Producers Scotland
Screen Facilities Scotland
Film Hub Scotland
Association of Media Education Scotland
Association of Film & Television Practitioners Scotland
Scottish Locations Network
Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
Scottish Documentary Institute
Scottish Animation Network
Film Access Network Scotland


EDUCATION How do we ensure each schoolchild has access to appropriate and inspiring moving image education throughout all stages of their primary and secondary school careers?

EDUCATION What would an explicitly designated Scottish National Film School look like – and what might be the alternatives?

DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION: How do we enhance access to cinema across Scotland, regardless of audiences’ geographical location?

DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION (INTERNATIONAL): How might we confidently establish the size of the global audience for Scottish films and television output – and then work out how to grow that market further?

DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION: How can we establish systematic collaboration (and mutual appreciation) between Scottish producers and screenwriters as a defining characteristic of the entire Scottish sector?

DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION: How do we develop a creatively ambitious and proactive television industry in Scotland, particularly in regard to production of drama?

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES: How do we ensure that Scotland’s film and television sectors are collectively knowledgeable about the cutting edge of new technologies of production, distribution, exhibition and education?

SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES: What are the most immediate actions that Government, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise can take to support the long-term development of an indigenous, self-sustaining and inward investment-friendly Scottish film and television production sector?

We will be posting the registration details via Eventbrite very soon.

Belle Doyle
Film Summit Organiser


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