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Screen Scotland - Distribution Fund

Support provided by Screen Scotland

What does this involve?

Screen Scotland's Distribution Fund provides funding for the distribution of Scottish feature films with the potential to have a strong cultural impact within Scotland. The fund enables distributors of Scottish feature films to reach wide and diverse domestic audiences. 

The Distribution Fund is designed to: 

  • connect Scottish audiences with Scottish films
  • reach audiences beyond the usual cinema attendees, that may have barriers to accessing cultural film, are declining or are under-represented in cultural cinema audiences
  • support activities that specifically address barriers to participation and engagement
  • support activities that are designed in collaboration with target audiences and/or relevant partners who represent audiences’ interests and concerns

Awards are likely to be in the range of £5,000 to £15,000.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are:

  • an existing UK distributor with a track record of releasing films theatrically in the UK

  • a film production company based in Scotland planning to self-distribute a film produced by the company

In both cases, applicants to this fund must be able to demonstrate market interest in the film, ideally through a successful festival release and/or letters of intent from exhibitors for booking the film.

What does this cost?

This is a free service. 

Who is this for?

UK film distributors and film production companies based in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Decisions will take up to 8 weeks from the date Screen Scotland receive your application. 

Important information

Applications must be made at least 12 weeks before a film’s intended release date.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There are no deadlines.


Next steps

Visit the Screen Scotland website for more information and to download the guidance and application form.

Support provided by Screen Scotland