Outreach & Diversity

Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy is committed to insuring that our students come from as wide a range of backgrounds as possible particularly those from groups currently under represented in the Scottish screen industry  including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, women, lower income groups and those disadvantaged by their geographic location.
We work with other Higher Education and Further Education institutions and with partners in industry, training and the media access sector to enhance screen practice teaching and widen access to screen education and training for under represented groups. We also provide a range of bursaries and scholarships .
Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy staff regularly attend film festivals and participate in events, masterclasses and networking activities across the UK and internationally in order to make contact with as broad a range of potential students as possible.

Film Festivals
The following is a list of festivals Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy attend or otherwise engage with on a regular basis:
Celtic Media Festival - Robin MacPherson Subject Group Leader for Screen Academy Scotland attended in 2007. In 2008 8 students were funded to attend along with Creative Loop students. In 2009 Oscar Van Heek Programme Leader MA SPD attended.

Scottish Students on Screen
 – in the past three years we have participated at the SSOS Marketplace a student recruitment event at CCA in Glasgow to promote Screen Academy Scotland courses to students from across Scotland. In 2009 seven members of staff attended SSOS and we also hosted a masterclass with writer Graham Linehan which was well attended by students. Additionally we also hosted an information session called Post Grad Opportunities with Screen Academy Scotland, a QA session with Paul Holmes Programme Leader MFA AFP. In 2010 we hosted a workshop with MFA Film Directing student Johanna Wagner and Emma Davie, Director and Head of Film and TV at Edinburgh College of Art.

Glasgow Film Festival
  – In 2009 SAS hosted a panel discussion called From Shorts to Features, featuring Douglas MacKinnon, Eleanor Yule and May Miles Thomas which was followed by a networking drinks event with Shooting People. Five members of the Screen Academy staff attended.

Dumfries Film Festival 2009
 – SAS hosted a masterclass with Screenwriter Brian Ward. James Mavor Programme Leader Screenwriting attended.

French Film Festival
 – Screen Academy Scotland have hosted masterclasses with the French Film Festival for the last three years with, respectively Christian Vincent, Lionel Bailliu and Lionel Baier.

Skillset Careers panel at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2007 - this event was part of a 2-day EIFF Media Education Day programme for 16-18 year old Scottish secondary pupils and their teachers. This was an opportunity to enthuse pupils about the range of jobs and opportunities available in the film industry and to let them know about appropriate post-school training courses. Beverley Hills (actor, presenter and writer by trade), Mark Leese ( Production Designer) and Paul Holmes Programme Leader for the MFA AFP took part on the panel.

Skillset Careers panel at EIFF 2008 – One of our most promising graduates Lili Sandelin, MA SPD took part on the panel which also included Janine Marmot, Head of Film at Skillset and actor Brian Larkin.

Aberdeen Film Festival
 – Kate Edmonds, Partnership Manager attended and ran a filmmaking workshop for young people called Film School

Eat Our Shorts
, London – Paul Holmes, Programme Leader MFA Advanced Film Practice attends each year.
Encounters – Regularly attended by SAS staff. This year attended by Kate Edmonds, Partnership Manager

Sheffield Documentary Festival
 – attended by Karen O’Hare Professional Practice/CPD coordinator
Cromarty Film Festival 2009
SAS hosted a screening of student films with James Mavor Programme leader Screenwriting who did a QA session following the screening
Homecoming Shorts
In 2009 SAS toured a programme of student films across Scotland including Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Homecoming shorts was also screened at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Members of staff and in some cases the student filmmakers attended the event to run QA sessions after the screenings. Talent Scout Paul Green attended the event in Newcastle.
Caught Short
A showcase of short films from emerging Scottish talent, curated by Screen Academy Scotland students. At the screening at the Edinburgh Filmhouse SAS hosted a panel discussion with guest writer/director Justin Molotnikov, winner of BAFTA Scotland 2009 Best Film Award, Crying with Laughter.

Other Screenings and Public Events
• Screening of Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle – Gaelic feature film produced in Scotland
• Spanish Film Festival – screenings of Emerging Talent over 3 nights
• REEL Ireland – Screen Academy Scotland participated in a panel discussion hosted at the Filmhouse
• REEL Iraq Screenings of films from The Independent Film and Television College in Baghdad
• Katowice Film School Screenings
• Lodz Film School Screenings as part of Polish Cultural Festival
• Masterclass with Iranian Director Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi
• Masteclass with producer Andrew MacDonald
• Masterclass with screenwriter Allan Shiach
• MFA student screenings