Film Commissions



Courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.

Call for proposals

The kind of cinema I care about is at the level of poetry—in fact—it has been in a way my life’s work making film poems – Margaret Tait

We are delighted to announce details of the open call for film commissions celebrating the influence and legacy of Scotland’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait. As part of the Margaret Tait 100 programme ten new works will be commissioned, five of which will be drawn from this open call process. These will be presented alongside new commissions by curator and filmmaker Ute Aurand; director and writer Mark Cousins; artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler; writer Ali Smith with artist and filmmaker Sarah Wood; and curator and filmmaker Peter Todd.

We are now inviting proposals from Scotland-based artists and filmmakers for new short moving image works that respond to the life, work, approach or attitude of Tait. Envisioned as ‘one-minute for Margaret,’ the proposals should aim to respond to an explicit aspect of Tait’s legacy but should also be creatively innovative in their own right.

Finished works will be non-commercial artists’ moving image pieces, produced using any medium, but delivered as single-channel high-quality digital (.mov) files. There is no restriction on genre; works may be fiction or non-fiction, essayistic, poetic, diaristic or documentary, as long as they are deemed feasible within the budget and time-frame (outlined below). Finished works will not exceed 5 minutes in length.

The copyright for the completed works will remain at all times with the artists. The agreements between the successful applicants and LUX Scotland will licence the work for use on the Margaret Tait 100 website and in connection with the official Margaret Tait 100 public programme. The films may also be subject to a separate agreement for distribution through LUX.

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 23 April 2019, 10am, with selections made and communicated by Thursday 25 April 2019. Production is anticipated to take place between May 2019 and the beginning of July 2019. The deadline for project delivery is Monday 15 July.

Each successful proposal will receive an award of £1,000, which should cover both production costs and an artists’ fee, and is VAT inclusive. In your application please provide a simple budget outlining a breakdown of expected costs. Successful proposals will be subject to a further commissioning contract outlining the terms and conditions of the award.

The commissions will be selected by a panel comprising Dr Sarah Neely (Director, Margaret Tait 100), Nicole Yip (Director, LUX Scotland), Ben Cook (Director, LUX) and John Archer (Producer, Hopscotch Films).

We welcome proposals from artists and filmmakers of all backgrounds and are particularly interested in hearing from minority ethnic (BAME) groups, those who consider themselves to be disabled and those who are currently underrepresented in media and the visual arts. We regret that we cannot accept applications from individuals in full-time education.

To apply please complete the online form here. A preview of the application questions can be downloaded here.


Due to limited resources, we are unable to give feedback on individual applications which have not been shortlisted.

If you would like to apply, but have particular access needs or submitting a written application is difficult for you, please get in touch with Annie Crabtree at LUX Scotland on or 0141 319 8377.