Made by the Sea: curated and produced by Shona Thomson of A Kind of Seeing, with partners Film Hub Scotland and Regional Screen Scotland. Part of BFI Britain on Film…

A Kind of Seeing is curator/producer Shona Thomson developing and delivering innovative community engagement projects across cinema, live music and performance. Driven by a passion for connecting archives and shared heritage with place, A Kind of Seeing projects are collaborations with artists, venues, festivals and communities across Scotland, the UK and internationally. Collaborators and clients include: BFI, Festivals Edinburgh, Centre for the Moving Image/Filmhouse, Falkirk Community Trust, Drew Wright, Jason Singh, Scottish Libraries Information Council, Glasgow Film, Unique Events, University of Edinburgh.



BFI_BritainOnFilm_OurLives_Lockup_Partner_Use_Landscape copy

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

Britain on Film is a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK, supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.


The BFI Film Audience Network is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the areas of specialised and independent British film.

The Network is made up of nine Film Hubs which cover the whole of the UK.  Film Hub Scotland is led by Scottish Film, a consortium comprising the key arthouse cinemas and film festivals in Scotland.



RSS Logo copy

Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) helps communities to enjoy great screen experiences by:

  • providing advice and information on setting up local screen facilities
  • operating the Screen Machine mobile cinema
  • managing a grant aid fund for Local Film Festivals across Scotland
  • advocating for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities

RSS provides information, advice, contacts, and support to both individuals and organisations seeking either to start or to develop opportunities for cinema-going in their communities. They are committed to helping to bring people together to share and enjoy exciting, high quality screening experiences, where they live.

RSS helps to develop access through working with a range of partners, from Film Hub Scotland to the UK Cinema Association and from Cinema for All to Film Mobile Scotland.



NLS_moving image archive
The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving image and is held at the National Library of Scotland.  The National Library collects, preserves and promotes access to films capturing Scotland and her people, from the early days of filmmaking to the present day.  In the Moving Image Archive you will discover over 46,000 items including film cans, videotapes and digital files.  You can watch over 1,700 clips and full-length films from the collection on the Moving Image Archive catalogue.

Many of the Archive’s items are unique and you cannot see them elsewhere. The collections are largely non-fiction and reflect:

  • Scottish social, cultural and industrial history
  • The lives of ordinary Scots across the generations
  • The achievements of Scottish film-makers in the craft of film production.