What is the relationship between goNorth, ScreenHI, GoEvents and Creative Highland?

Put simply, Creative Highland is the company charged with delivering the Creative Industries Strategy on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.  In the beginning Creative Highland was made up of two individual companies – ScreenHI and GoEvents – however GoEvents is no longer involved.  Initally both organisations looked after two separate areas. Screen and Broadcast development delivered by ScreenHI and the Music development by GoEvents. goNORTH creative industries festival is delivered once a year in June by Creative Highland, which also programmes the Designer Fashion and Publishing elements that run in the festival.

When submitting a film for a screening can I send you a link to my film online?

Yes but not a trailer version, you must send a link to the full length film you are submitting. It also must be a hi-res version of your film that we can use for screening if your film is selected for the programme. Full details with spec will be provided when the submissions window opens in January.

What happens to my film when it reaches goNORTH after a call for submissions?

The submission form is checked to ensure it’s complete, this is often the first hurdle for entries.  If not complete then you will be contacted and asked to re-send form. Entry will not be filed until complete form is received. Your film will then be filed and logged ready for selection. You will be informed if your film is chosen for a screening.

How do you decide which films to show?

goNORTH primarily wants to showcase films made by Highlands and Islands practitioners and filmmakers from the wider Scottish community. This is not a black and white rule, your film will initially be selected on a number criteria:  original work, good production values, imaginative storytelling, theme of particular screening programme.  After that it’s subjective, if we like it, we’ll show it!

A main reason we decline films is because the submission criteria has not been met and full rights clearance are unclear.  Please, please make sure your paperwork is complete.

What kind of films does goNORTH show in their various screening programmes?

There is not set rule, sometimes programmes are thematic but generally we want to showcase the talent we have right here in Scotland, in particular the Highlands and Islands.

Can my submission DVD be returned after the event?

We have changed the submission process now to be completely online.  The submission form will ask you to attach a link to the full length, hi res version of your film on Vimeo, Youtube or similar.  DVD copies will not be accepted.

When can I apply to showcase or submit my film for screening at goNORTH?

The showcase window for music submissions and call for film submissions will open on Friday the 24th January 2014 and close on Monday the 1st of April 2014. It is a completely online processAll music submissions are then passed to a respected panel of industry professionals to establish the final showcase list. All film submissions will be viewed and selected by the Director for Screen and Broadcast.

When will I find out if I have been selected to showcase or if my film has been selected for screening?

All artists will be notified by Monday 14th April 2014 for the music showcase.  All filmmakers will be notified by Monday 21st April 2014 for the film screening programme.

Will i get paid for my performance? (Music Showcase only)

All artists will receive payment for their performance, to be administered in cash directly after their show.