Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), is a registered charity, which incorporates Filmhouse, Belmont Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

CMI is committed to protecting your privacy. We will only use the information that we collect about you lawfully (in accordance with GDPR Act 2018).

We will be clear when we collect your data and will not do anything you wouldn’t reasonably expect. 

Developing a better understanding of our customers and supporters through their personal data allows us make better decisions about programming, fundraise more efficiently and, ultimately, helps us to achieve our mission of being at the forefront of developing a vibrant and successful film and moving image industry and culture across Scotland.

CMI manages the following websites:


CMI manages the following social media channels:










CMI’s Chief Data Protection Officer is Chief Operating Officer, Dougie.




We may revise and update this Privacy Policy at any time and will indicate at the top of this page when this Privacy Policy was last revised. Please periodically review the Privacy Policy, as your continued use of this Site indicates your agreement with any changes that we make.



Ticketing system

You may give us your information in order to book tickets, sign up to a newsletter, make a donation or communicate with us.  When you book tickets via the site, we need to collect information about you to process the transaction and fulfil your order.  This information may include, but is not limited to, details such as your name, your address, your email address and your credit card details. We use the information to process any transactions you undertake with us and for internal administration and analysis.



Cookies are small pieces of information that may be stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. They make it possible for us to provide our online ticketing service and track visitor statistics, such as returning visitors, and allow you to stay logged in to our websites.

Cookies use information about your browsing in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your booking interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of our digital advertising campaigns. They are placed by third party advertising networks on our behalf and with CMI’s permission. They remember that you have visited our website and this is shared with other organisations such as media owners.

For more information on cookies, please visit ICO website. Please note that we are not responsible for information available on these websites.


Cookies set by one of our websites to enable CMI to analyse the website using Google Analytics.

On some of our sites we may also use the Advertising Features of Google Analytics to find out more about the demographics and interests of our visitors.

When you visit a website and see an advertisement a cookie is placed on your computer or device by, for example DoubleClick (Google’s Internet ad serving business) and then if you visit another site that has ads served by DoubleClick, the same cookie can be read and modified by DoubleClick.

By tracking what kind of sites you visit and how you interact with ads for different products and services, Google aims to build up a picture of who you are; your age, gender and interests. Using the Advertising Features of Google Analytics means we receive reports that tell us who Google thinks is visiting our site by age, gender and interests.

This information is anonymous and no Personally Identifiable Information is gathered from users.

We use this information to report to our funders, such as Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Aberdeen City Council, BFI, and Event Scotland, and internally for us to better understand how visitors use our websites.

Social Media

Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media and messaging services like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or Twitter, you might give us permission to access information from those accounts or services.



We work with a number of third parties to enable us to sell tickets, memberships and passes, to fundraise, and to analyse our sales and audiences. These include:

  • SeatGeek – they require and store your information, and mailing preferences, to allow us to issue tickets, memberships and passes to customers
  • Film Freeway – the company we use for EIFF film submissions (please refer to their Privacy Policy should you submit a film to EIFF using that platform)
  • PayPal – a third party payment method
  • Capita 360 – a third party payment method
  • Filemaker - a password protected staff-only database that stores information on guests at EIFF, Filmhouse and Belmont Filmhouse
  • Peak Fifteen – they store information to allow us to register delegates during EIFF
  • Direct Debit Solutions – a third party payment method
  • BACS – a third party payment method
  • The Audience Agency - We contribute anonymised and aggregated audience data to the Audience Finder Data Tools operated by the Audience Agency. This activity supports us in further understanding our audiences to help tailor and improve our marketing and communications. Additionally, this data forms part of a nationwide audience dataset used for policy research and academic purposes.



  • Provide you with tickets, products or information you bought/asked for.
  • Administer your ticket sale or donation, including processing gift aid.
  • Keep a record of your relationship with us.
  • Ensure we know how you prefer to be contacted.
  • Understand how we can improve our services, products or information.
  • To contact you if there are any important changes to your booking.
  • To tell you about changes in our services or new services, events and offers we think you’ll find of interest.
  • As a charity we’d like to send you occasional updates on our charitable work and we may invite you to support some of our projects.  
  • To analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.  
  • Signing you up to mailing lists that you’ve opted in to.
  • Provide information about partnerships with, and events at, other venues/organisations.



We take every precaution to protect your information. To this end, all personally identifiable information stored by us is kept on a server in a secure environment. Only employees and approved data processors we may appoint from time to time and who need the information to perform a specific job are granted access to personally identifiable information.

Regular security reviews are held by us to ensure that the site remains safe and secure for your protection.



If you want to see what information we hold, withdraw consent, object to processing, request rectification/erasure, data portability or submit a Subject Access Request, please contact CMI’s Chief Data Protection Officer, Dougie Cameron, on

If we do hold information about you we will:

  • give you a description of it;
  • tell you why we are holding it;
  • tell you who it could be disclosed to; and
  • let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.



We aim to meet the highest standards when collecting and using personal information. For this reason, we take any complaints we receive about this seriously.

If you want to make a complaint about the way we have processed your personal information, you can contact the ICO:



We collect and process your data using one of the following legal bases:

Contractual – by purchasing a ticket, a pass or a membership you are entering in to a contract with CMI

Legitimate interest – by purchasing a ticket, pass or Membership, or attending as a guest, you are entering in to a contract with CMI and we require access to your information in order to fulfil your purchase, to analyse your data and to send you relevant communication

Consent – you may opt in to receiving communications from one of CMI’s businesses



This privacy policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.



To view our Data Retention Policy please click here.



CMI works with Third Parties from outwith the EEA, which means your information will at times be sitting on servers outside this area or they can access your information from these areas. We have appropriate contracts in place with these organisations to ensure your information is stored securely and used appropriately. These Third Parties are:

MailChimp – a platform we use to create and send some promotional emails to you

Connect Solutions – the company that built our Festival Management Platform database