Over £14,000 has been announced in funding to support film-makers create original short films about diverse identities in Scotland.
The Big Lottery Fund Scotland and the Shell UK Community Fund will support the ‘Originals’ film project over the summer, managed by Pink Saltire, the Fife-based equalities charity.
Lottery investment of £10,000 through the Awards for All Fund will enable the group to make 3 short films or documentaries of up to 10 minutes in length. The charity will focus on topical issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community of Scotland.
£4650 will be donated by the Shell UK Community Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland, for a specific project about LGBTI life in Fife. The oil giant have a significant workforce and operate the Mossmorran and Braefoot Bay plants in Fife. The charity hope to tackle some of the barriers faced by LGBTI people, such as isolation in more rural communities, but also hope to highlight examples of the work being done to address discrimination in the Kingdom.
Pink Saltire founder, Stuart Duffy, said, “We are delighted to receive this significant investment from the Big Lottery Fund and Shell UK for the Originals project. We want to use creative means to reach new audiences to try and tackle the myths and misunderstanding about some equality issues out there and this funding makes a big difference. Unfortunately LGBTI people still face stigma and discrimination in many communities in Scotland, despite advances in equality legislation and equal rights. These short films will help educate people around Scotland and bring us closer together.”
The charity will work with a number of equality groups to make sure the work meets the needs of the community, including the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Intersex UK and the TIE Campaign (Time for Inclusive Education).
An open call for interested film-makers closes at 5pm on Friday 24th June afterwhich a specially selected panel will interview shortlisted candidates. Filming will commence in July and each of the 4 short films are expected to be screened for the first time in September.