FOCUS ON: Screen

A monthly newsletter from Film City Futures, created to keep you in touch with news and developments in Scotland's film and television industries.


MAY 2019

We announced that FOCUS has been extended until December 2019.  Edinburgh International Film Festival revealed that Boyz In The Wood will open their 73rd edition. SFTN confirmed the 12 projects selected to participate in the 2019/20 Scottish Shorts programme. Glasgow was selected as the host city for next year’s Creative Cities Convention, and Wild Rose and Yuli, were released in cinemas across the UK.

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April 2019

Screen Scotland announced the first recipients of their £3million Broadcast Content Fund. BBC Scotland issued a debut tender worth just shy of £1m for its in-house coverage of Hogmanay Live. Edinburgh International Film Festival have announce the 6 teams that will be part of their new initiative, Talent Lab Connects. Boyz In The Wood wins the Midnighters Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. 

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MARCH 2019

Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War - narrated by Bodyguard star Richard Madden, directed by Glasgow-based Matt Pinder and produced by Hopscotch Films - wins this year's Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award. Screen Scotland launched a recruitment process to appoint a Director of Screen. The BBC commits to broadcast at least 27 BBC Scotland shows across its network over the next three years. 

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Channel 4 has announced the location of its new Creative Hub in Glasgow and five filmmakers are commissioned through this year’s Bridging the Gap programme. A variety of Scottish production companies feature on the Broadcast Magazine's annual Best Places to Work guide. Mary Queen of Scots receives its Scottish Premiere in Edinburgh and BBC Scotland gears up for the launch of the new channel.


january 2019

A plan to build a major studio in Scotland is in the works, this year's BAFTA nominees feature a variety of Scottish productions and Glasgow Film Festival announces their opening and closing screenings with Brian Welsh’s Beats closing the event. The shortlist is selected for the 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award and BBC Scotland announced the three new personalities that will be the voice of its new channel.

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The final cohort of 20 companies participating in FOCUS were announced. Scottish talent wins at this year’s BIFA awards. Indies including FOCUS participants Matchlight Productions and Hopscotch Films are to take part in TRC’s training scheme to develop diverse talent. The new BBC Scotland TV channel is to launch on 24th February next year and will feature the first episode of the final series of comedy Still Game.

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November 2018

Glasgow was selected as a location for one of Channel 4’s new Creative Hubs and the British Independent Film Awards announced their nominations - featuring a variety of Scottish talent. The new Fast and Furious spin-off starring Idris Elba used Glasgow as a location for filming and Limbo commenced filming in the Outer Hebrides. Rachel Maclean’s Make Me Up is also set to broadcast on BBC Four.



FOCUS is collaborating with SDI to deliver a panel event focusing on long form documentary, BAFTA Scotland announced their nominees for this year’s Awards, seven Scottish films will screen at BFI London Film Festival 2018, the new cast of Jamie Adams’ Balance Not Symmetry (which the director is making with Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro) was announced and new cast members join Black Camel’s Marionette.

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september 2018

Screen Scotland was revealed along with the launch of a new £3 million fund for broadcast content. Outlaw King, produced by Sigma Films, opened Toronto International Film Festival. STV gears up to use its ‘unique broadcaster shop window’ as a breeding ground for pilot shows and Channel 4 expanded their nations and regions team.


august 2018

Fiona Hyslop announced the appointment of Elizabeth Partyka, David Strachan and Ewan Angus as Members of the Board of Creative Scotland. Glasgow is now officially out of the running for the new Channel 4 HQ, but is still being considered for a creative hub along with Bristol and Cardiff.  Janet Archer announced stepping down from her role as Chief Executive at Creative Scotland. 


July 2018

Isabel Davis was appointed as Executive Director, to lead the delivery of Scotland’s new Screen Unit. The Scottish Government's Culture, Tourism and External Relations (CTEER) Committee have released their report on the Scottish Screen Sector. The BBC pledged £4m into a 110-staff Scottish digital hub at Pacific Quay. 13 projects have been shortlisted to participate in SFTN's 2018 Scottish Shorts programme.


JUNE 2018

Glasgow was shortlisted for Channel 4's HQ and dozens of jobs were lost after STV announced it is to close its second channel. The BBC announced that the new Scottish channel will go live in February 2019, with a budget of £32 million. A Scottish Parliament committee called for a radical rethink on Scotland’s new Screen Unit to ensure it can help Scotland’s dynamic screen sector reach its full potential.


May 2018

We revealed our new consultants for Stage 1 of FOCUS and Film City Glasgow declared their backing of Glasgow's bid for a Channel 4 HQ. Creative Scotland introduced targeted funding, the new BBC Scotland channel was given a provisional go-ahead, GMAC announced Beth Armstrong as their new director and both the BBC and Channel 5 pledged to work closely with the Nations and Regions.


april 2018

In April we announced our next event - FOCUS ON: Digital. Film City Glasgow's Tiernan Kelly joined the CTEER Committee in the Scottish Parliament to discuss infrastructure for Scotland’s film & TV industry and the Pentland Studios. Our application portal closed, NFTS Scotland opened their Glasgow hub, STV hired their first head of factual development and Glasgow announced their pitch to become the new Channel 4 hub.


march 2018

In March the Director of Film City, Tiernan Kelly, was announced as a Member of the Creative Industries Federation Council 2018. Robert Wilson was appointed as Chair to the Creative Scotland board, barry crerar were selected for the prestigious Torino SciptLab Projects 2018, Jo Street was hired as Commissioner for Popular Factual and Formats at BBC Scotland and a variety of Scottish festivals reveal their programmes.



In our first issue of FOCUS ON: Screen we published the details of our Stage 2 consultants available to FOCUS participants. The FOCUS application deadline was also announced as the 29th March 2018. Natalie Usher stepped down from her position as Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, Glasgow Film Festival announced their full programme and BBC Scotland revealed their second multi-platform commissioning brief.