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Welcome to our August Newsletter

This month we bring you our latest news, a roundup of upcoming film and TV opportunities, plus a spotlight on BE United and their work casting extras on Amazon Studio’s Anansi Boys.

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Still from Winners - Reza on Rail Tracks

Our latest news

We are delighted that two Screen Scotland backed films won awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022. Winners by Hassan Nazer won the Audience Award and the Powell & Pressburger Award for Best Feature went to Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson’s A Cat Called Dom.

Screen International and Screen Scotland unveiled the first-ever Rising Stars Scotland, a major new talent spotlight for Scottish filmmakers and actors. The line-up features 11 up-and-coming film actors, directors, producers and writers who are on the cusp of their first major professional breakthrough.
Screen Scotland was Edinburgh TV Festival's Headline Sponsor for 2022, the first live event since 2019.
 Screen Scotland produced the Festival’s session with Brian Cox interviewed by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Angus Robertson, which saw the actor reflect very positively on the significant recent growth in Scotland’s film and TV sectors in the last few years.
Scotland-based production company Synchronicity Films is adapting Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel Mayflies for BBC One and BBC Scotland. The mini-series will star Martin Compston, Ashley Jensen, and Tony Curran.

Creative Scotland, which Screen Scotland is part of, has made a submission to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee as part of the Budget Scrutiny 2023-24, looking at funding for culture. Read it on the Creative Scotland website to find out how budgetary decisions may impact the screen sector.

We would like to receive your views on Creative Scotland's draft Gaelic Language Plan for 2022-27 which sets out Creative Scotland’s (and Screen Scotland's) ambitions for supporting Gaelic language and culture.

Two female filmmakers on shooting a secne of a couple against a green screen.

Industry opportunities

BECTU Vision’s TV Research Skills course provides participants with the key skills needed to be first-rate researchers. Aspiring TV researchers will be taught online over three sessions in October. Applications close Tuesday 13 September.
Short Circuit’s Production Accelerator course will support eight Scotland-based producers at the start of their careers to further their knowledge of the industry and grow their skills. The deadline for applications is Sunday 18 September.
The First Features scheme from Short Circuit is aimed at writing, directing, and producing talent from all across Scotland who are looking to make their debut feature film. The scheme will support the development of projects from initial ideas to fully polished drafts. Applications close Sunday 18 September.
NFTS and 4Skills have devised a series of free taster days aimed at those under-represented in the film and TV industry. There are two taster days coming up in Glasgow in September. Places are available on the Producing Your First Feature Taster Day on 18 September and the Factual Development and Production Taster on 27 September.

Still from My Old School. Alan Cumming as character Brandon Lee stares into the camera while seated in a classroom.

Screen shout-outs

Congratulations to Govan-based Firecrest Films for winning the Best Small Indie Award at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

My Old School from Scottish director Jono McLeod was released across UK cinemas on August 19. Find showtimes near you.
The Screen Scotland backed Sky High Club aired on BBC Scotland and BBC Three this month. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
The official trailer was released for the Screen Scotland supported 
The Lost King which will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022.
The documentary The Fringe, Fame and Me aired on BBC Scotland and BBC Two this month. Watch the Screen Scotland backed documentary on BBC iPlayer.
The seventh series of Shetland aired on BBC One this month. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.

Championing diversity with BE United

This month we published a video feature with BE United, an arts, cultural and social entrepreneurial organisation based in Edinburgh that celebrates Black excellence in Scotland.
The organisation's film and TV trading arm cast over 1,000 diverse extras on Amazon Studio's Anansi Boys which was shot in
Leith's FirstStage Studios earlier this year.
We sat down with BE United’s CEO Emma Picken and Head of Creative Development Collin Hills to talk about the organisation’s film and TV trading arm and their hopes for the future. We also spoke with several extras about their experience working on Anansi Boys.
Watch the full video feature on our website.

Image Credits: 1: Still from Winners - Reza on Rail Tracks, courtesy of Sylph Productions 2022 2: Two female filmmakers on set from Adobe Stock 3: Still from My Old School, courtesy of Hopscotch Films 4: BE United's team, courtesy of BE United

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland, delivering enhanced support for all aspects of our screen sector.

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