Film Access Scotland represents the Film Access sector. The organisations that make up our membership provide opportunities across Scotland, especially to those experiencing disadvantage or exclusion, to participate in and engage with film.

Film Access work involves transformative activities which advance the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s 2018 National Performance Framework. If more people across Scotland, especially those experiencing disadvantage or exclusion, could access more high-quality Film Access activities, Scotland would move closer to being the kind of country the National Performance Framework aims to create, one where people:

  • live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe

  • are well educated, skilled and able to contribute to society

  • tackle poverty by sharing opportunities, wealth and power more equally

  • are creative and their vibrant and diverse cultures are expressed and enjoyed widely

  • have a globally competitive, entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy.

While Film Access work most often takes the form of practical sessions in which participants learn filmmaking skills, Film Access projects aim to deliver outcomes beyond the act of filmmaking itself, with far-reaching impact. Film Access work involves making, watching and learning about film as an instrument of societal, personal, and community change. The process of Film Access work itself is as powerful as the end result.

Film Access activities enable people to:


Enjoy and learn about film and filmmaking as an artform and part of our culture.

Gain qualifications and advance along formal progression pathways.

Develop a voice and communicate more effectively.

Develop and regenerate communities.

Develop personal skills and enhance employability.

Improve health and wellbeing.


Film Access Scotland supports and champions its members and associates, ensuring the impact of their work is recognised and valued by policy makers, funders, the screen industry and organisations working in related sectors.


Everyone in Scotland, but especially those experiencing disadvantage or exclusion, will have the opportunity to participate in and experience the transformative power of Film Access activities.