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February 15, 2020

In 1993, inspired by the success of US indie features such as El Mariachi, Scottish Writer-Director Bruce Naughton was keen to make a straight to video feature that would also have enough commercial edge to make some money. Shot on grainy 16mm in a real Scottish council estate and with locals and friends making up the minuscule crew, Blood Junkies was eagerly previewed in the monthly film press of the day. However, the much-anticipated film never materialised and was quietly forgotten in those pre...

February 15, 2020


DoP Laura Dinnett discusses her career with Simon Vickery.

The Q+A was from last years 'Beyond Year Zero' Tartan Features Revue / Glasgow Fringe Film festival which screened the successful independent feature Connect

Simon asks Laura about how she shot Connect, her background as a Camera Assistant on large feature films and how she balances both aspects of the industry (independent and traditional) together while adhering to the strict politics; as well as how she deals w...

March 13, 2019

22nd, 23rd, 24th March 2019 - CCA, Glasgow

Tartan Features Event : Beyond Year Zero

Friday 22nd March, Saturday 23rd of March, Sunday 24th of March.

2017-2018 was a Year Zero moment for Scottish Micro-Budgeted Feature Filmmaking.  Through the Tartan Features collective a number of films, made on miniscule budgets finally infiltrated the mainstream by appearing on Television, Cinema and in High Street Stores…Independently.

Filmmakers involved with the collective received television commissions and even...

September 23, 2018

DIY PR – How To Get Your Film Reviewed and Written About.

Democratising The Filmmaking Process Volume 2.

Making a film is but merely one of the many battles involved in the great movie-making wars. If you have already reached this stage you are likely acutely aware that not everyone is currently sharing your unbridled enthusiasm for your efforts.

You (and we) know you've created a work of genius but sadly the rest of the world has not been given the opportunity to offer their opinion yet; your phone...

September 12, 2018

In June 2016, just as Edinburgh International Film Festival had their final day we thought it would be fitting to show Scotland's filmmaking community and public there was an alternative industry - The DIY Filmmaking Industry.

We decided to put on a special event which would celebrate independent filmmaking, a day of DIY features, shorts, Q+A's, talks, panels, networking and music.  

The event would be centred around two Tartan Features - Where Do We Go From Here? and Big Gold Dream and the best of...

September 12, 2018

From The Archives...April 2016

As we are all aware, Scotland's film-making contributions and film industry are usually discussed in the press in fairly lacklustre terms. And usually with a high dose of negativity, anger and despondence. This post is not intended to start a discussion on the current state or very much needed changes required for growth - these conversations are currently happening elsewhere. Instead we just wanted to take a rare moment to shine a light on the very significant contri...

September 12, 2018

Hey Sports fans!

John here, lets talk "Hail Caesar". So the Cohen brothers newest film had its UK Premiere at Glasgow film festival, which is pretty awesome if you are Glasgow film festival and being the opening film kicked it all off with some glitz and glamour. Talking glitz and glamour, The Coen brother weren't there to give Q&A neither was George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, or Josh Brolin, but word of mouth that one of the universal distributors was there. kicking off the fes...

September 12, 2018

John McPhail / Where Do We Go From Here at GFF

Hey hey y'all,

John here so lets chat "High-rise" 

So on thursday night i spoiled my First A/D by taking him to see the Scottish premiere of Ben Wheatley's "High Rise" (i know I'm too kind). First off, I'm going to say I'm a fan of the bold Ben, so when i saw this was coming to the Glasgow Film festival i wanted to make sure i got tickets, and apparently so did everybody else. "High Rise" was one of GFF's most popular ticket sales on the release day...

September 8, 2018

Democratising The Filmmaking Process 4 : DIY Distribution : Creating a workable DIY Distribution Network.

This is Cinema Freedom.

How to Start your own Revolution.

This is Richard Scott and Richard's own revolution is going to help us - and you - create an entirely independent DIY distribution network which will allow your films – both short and features – to successfully screen in cinema spaces throughout the world. A complete, DIY alternative to traditional cinema distribution.

For this to work it w...

September 8, 2018

Democratising the Filmmaking Process Volume 3 : DIY Distribution : How to Get Your Short or Feature into a Film Festival



This is our third DIY Distribution guide. Part 1 was how to make your movie available on Amazon Prime and Part 2 was how to get your movie reviewed and written about. Of course there are other options for getting your film seen by the public, and one of the most traditional is Film Festivals.


In recent years Film Freeway has become one of the most useful disruptors of the fi...

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