Mapping public film screening facilities across Scotland

From today (Thursday, 21 January, 2016) organisations and groups that screen films across Scotland are being invited to feed into a mapping exercise of public film screening facilities.

Cinemas, film festivals, film societies, film clubs and arts venues screening film are being invited to participate in an online survey currently being undertaken by Creative Scotland and Drew Wylie Ltd.

Creative Scotland has commissioned Drew Wylie Ltd. to undertake an initial mapping exercise of the film exhibition sector which aims to map every context in which audiences watch films together, and every organisation that delivers such activities. To access the survey please visit:

Creative Scotland is also collaborating with partners in the sector, including Film Hub Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland and Cinema For All to ensure that the survey is as inclusive as possible, and captures the wide variety of film exhibition activities across Scotland.

Jennifer Armitage, Screen Officer, Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland supports film exhibition through Regular and Open Funding.  We also work in partnership with a number of organisations to provide support at regional and national level for film exhibition in Scotland. 

“The needs and opportunities for film exhibition are changing, driven by technology and other factors.  This work is important in enabling Creative Scotland to build a comprehensive picture of regular public film screening facilities across the country, and to identify where development opportunities may lie in the future in line with Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy 2014-17. The survey should take no more than 20 minutes to complete and contributions are much appreciated.”

This piece of work is intended to be of value to everyone working in the sector, and all those completing the survey will receive a copy of the resulting analysis. Please complete the survey by Monday 8 February. To access the survey please visit:

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This research complements other contemporaneous surveys, in order to build a detailed understanding of the sector.  A full report will be published later in the year.

Andrew Ormston, Director, Drew Wylie Ltd. said: “Drew Wylie is delighted to be working with Creative Scotland on such a strategically important piece of work.  Our team has strong links with Scotland’s screen sector and we look forward to producing a report that is useful for everyone involved in film exhibition across Scotland.”


Further information:

  1. The term ‘film exhibition’ includes all communal film viewing opportunities including full and part-time cinemas, multi-arts venues showing film, film festivals, mobile cinemas and screens, community cinemas, film societies, film clubs; in short, every context where audiences watch films together, and every organisation that delivers such activities.
  1. This research is required to update and draw together existing information.  This work will inform planning in line with Creative Scotland’s Film Strategy for 2014-17 which outlines our key priorities for the screen sector in Scotland.
  1. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots and
  1. Drew Wylie Ltd. was established in 2010 to provide policy and business advice in the creative and cultural industries sectors. They specialise in areas where creativity and culture connect with a wider policy agenda or operational environment including: urban and rural regeneration; creative and cultural tourism; education and community; leisure and visitor economy; environment and scientific research. Their sector expertise embraces a wide range of creative practice, from the performing and visual arts, to film, festivals and events.  Our research, financial planning and fundraising capacity is supported by established Associates with a strong track record in the commerical and not for profit sectors. For further information please visit

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