Frequently asked questions
- How can I find out what films and videos you have?
- Can I borrow or buy copies?
- Is everything in the catalogue available to view, buy or hire?
- Can I order copies online?
- Where do I find a film's reference number?
- What does it cost to buy a DVD copy of a film?
- Can I watch films and videos on your website?
- Can I download films from your website?
- Can I use films from your website?
- Do you buy films or videos?
- How do I donate films to the archive?
- Can you copy my own films for me?
- Do you have feature films?
- Can I use films with my school/community group?
- Can I borrow films to import into a school/community film-making project?
- Do you give film shows?
How can I find out what films and videos you have?
Search or browse the access catalogue, which covers about 50% of fully catalogued titles in the entire moving image collection. The content of every film in the access catalogue is described in a detailed shortlist, so it is easy to find what interests you – and there are over 1200 clips and full length films ready to watch online. Please contact us for information about other titles in the collection and for help with research.
Can I borrow or buy copies?
Yes. For details, see the page about getting copies.
Is everything in the access catalogue available to view, buy or hire?
Everything in the access catalogue is available in a viewing format – this can be on film or video. Use the 'Make an enquiry' button on the full film catalogue record to tell us what you re interested in - and whether you want to view, hire or buy. We will then reply to you with estimates of cost, date for delivery or arrange for you to come in and view on the premises, if appropriate. It will depend on copyright restrictions whether we can sell you a copy of the film.
Can I order copies online?
Yes - if you wish to order several films, start by adding them to the My films feature, then use the 'Enquire about selected films' button. Alternatively, if you wish to order a single film, you can use the 'Make an enquiry' button that appears on the full record page for each film. We will use the information you supply to reply to you with costs, etc. Find out more information on the page about getting copies.
Where do I find a film's reference number?
Search for the title on the access catalogue - the reference number is displayed under the title on the full record. For more about reference numbers, and other catalogue terms, see our page on understanding catalogue records.
What does it cost to buy a DVD copy of a film?
This depends on running time and the technicalities of producing the DVD. Use the 'Make an enquiry' button on the full catalogue record and fill out the online form. We will reply to you with the relevant costs.
Can I watch films and videos on your website?
Yes! There are almost 300 full length films and 900 clips ready to view on our website. You will need Flash Player to view these.
Films streamed on this website are compressed for streamed viewing, with associated loss of picture quality. If viewed in full screen mode, be aware that picture and sound quality will deteriorate further. Contact us to request higher quality copies of films.
Copies of films streamed on this website are direct duplicates of the surviving version of the original films as preserved in the Scottish Screen Archive and will exhibit the characteristics of that surviving preservation material. Any inherent defects such as variable exposure, visual blemishes, interruptions or incompleteness will be present in the duplicate copy.
Can I use films from your website?
No. Film is streamed only from this site. Copyright in the moving images has been cleared only for use on our website. See the copyright page for details.
To find out about using moving image in the collection, please see the page about getting copies.
Can I download films from your website?
No. Films are provided for streamed viewing only on this site. Educational users can download films from Scotland on Screen, provided they fulfil the specified criteria for login access.
Do you buy films or videos?
We will not normally buy films or videos for the collection. We usually accept films on loan, on deposit or by donation. If you have films that you think ought to be part of the national collection please email the Acquisitions Officer.
How do I donate films to the archive?
We can accept material on deposit or by outright gift. Please see our page on donating moving images. If you have films that you think ought to be part of the national collection, please email the Acquisitions Officer.
Can you copy my own films for me?
No. We can only make copies if the films are deposited with us.
Do you have feature films?
The principal collection of British feature films is in the BFI National Film and Television Archive. The Scottish Screen Archive has a growing collection of fiction film (including some feature film) which is mostly preserved in the Scottish Screen Collection. However, most of our collection is non-fiction.
Can I use films with my school/community group?
Yes, we have a specially designed learning resource called Scotland on Screen where film clips can be downloaded for use in the classroom. Educational users with a GLOW login, SCRAN login or Shibboleth login have access to download material. Other educational users may need to request a login. Go to Scotland on Screen or our Education page for more information.
Can I borrow films to import into a school/community film-making project?
You can hire films on Mini DV/Beta SP for importing into film projects. We will issue a licence and get copyright clearance where necessary. Hire charges may apply. For more information see the Education and community access page.
Do you give film shows?
We provide presented film shows for a range of audiences according to availability of staff. Please contact us with relevant information about your organisation and suitable dates. Charges range for £35 for a daytime show to £85 for an evening show.