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Scotland’s Call to Action: Boosting Charity Support Through Film

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LONDON, 14 FEBRUARY 2024: Scotland was recently found to be the least charitable region in the UK with only 28% of people supporting charities by donation or volunteering at least once a month.

It’s time to change this with the gift of a simple vote. This year, there are seven films from Scottish charities shortlisted for the Charity Film Awards 2024. So now’s the time for Scots to up their charitable action and support their local charities by showing some love this Valentine’s Day and casting their votes for the film that touches their heart the most.

Shortlisted films from Scottish charities include; Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, ‘The Power of a Family Support Group’, Scottish Refugee Council, ‘Ukrainians in Scotland – Kingussie, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, ‘No Life Half Lived Vision’ and Cyrenians, ‘Building Trusted Relationships’.

In total, 202 films have been shortlisted across thirteen categories following over 500 entries in total ahead of the awards on 20th March 2024, the United Nations International Day of Happiness, at The Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square, London. 

Film has a vital and powerful role to play in creative positive action. Over a third (35%) of Brits are more likely to support a charitable cause after watching a film that highlights their work and of those who watched charity films in the past year, an encouraging 62% went on to support those charities in some way, whether it be through monetary donations, fundraising or volunteering.

With categories for both short form and long form films ranging from a budget of under £100,000 all the way up to £50 million plus, all charities were invited to enter as part of the world’s biggest campaign to promote cause based films. Following this second round of public voting which closes on 12th March 2024, the final winners will be judged by a panel of industry professionals from the world of film, media, entertainment and the third sector and announced by celebrity presenters on the evening of the awards.

Last year’s winners included: Welsh Refugee Council, Brooke (action for working horses and donkeys), World Connection inc, ASDA and so many more incredible charities. You can view the full list of 2023 winners here.

To explore the full list of 2024 finalists head to the website here.

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