Screen Education Edinburgh is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
We began as Video in Pilton in 1981, working with community groups in North Edinburgh to make powerful programmes. In 1988 rebranded as Pilton Video, increasing coverage to communities across Edinburgh.
Development of young people, adult learners and new filmmaking voices at its core, over the years the organisation produced issue based documentaries, giving communities and organisations a voice to get their message out, informing policy and aiding the fight for improvements to people’s lives, as well as celebrating community life, alongside drama films focusing on the lives of those marginalised, presenting stories to the world not prevalent in mainstream film and TV culture.
In 2010, our final rebranding as Screen Education Edinburgh took place, better reflecting a refocusing of approach to enhance the development and progression of young people, new talent and independent filmmakers, with creative learning at its core, working within the framework of curriculum for excellence.
Over the past 6 years Screen Education Edinburgh has trained and developed over 3000 young people across diverse educational programmes; CashBack for Creativity, BFI Film Academy, Moving Image Arts, Edinburgh Schools Film Competition, See It Make It, Princes Trust Get Started and partnerships with schools, charities, public, third-sector, youth and community organisations.
Qualifications have been embedded across all programmes to reward the learning journey of participants, and better equipping individuals progressing towards further & higher education or into the workplace, including Dynamic Youth Awards, Arts Awards, BFI\Skillset NCFE Preparing to Work in the Film Industry, and Moving Image Arts GCSE and A Levels.
Alongside we have delivered CPD for teachers, life long learning programmes for adults, short film schemes, professional development and exhibition opportunities for new talent and independent filmmakers, media training for companies, productions for BBC, Channel 4 and corporate clients, whilst picking up BAFTA and film festival awards through our film production’s focused on marginalised communities.
In March 2014 North Edinburgh born novelist, playwright, storyteller and screenwriter Irvine Welsh became patron of Screen Education Edinburgh.
Screen Education Edinburgh is housed in the community of North Edinburgh, in which we were conceived. Our building was previously shared with Pilton Arts and the Craigroyston School House facility, which educated vulnerable pupils for 20 years.
Today, all six flats of the building are utilised to develop our learners, including office space, multiple Avid edit suites, a dedicated learning suite, training, workshop and screening space, all with free parking.