About GMAC Film

An open-access media centre

We empower young people, emerging film talent, and independent filmmakers to realise their ambitions in film

GMAC Film is a registered charity and social enterprise. We support independent filmmakers regardless of age, background or income. GMAC Film is a place to watch, learn, and create films. We enable talent through workshops, programmes, and industry events.

Find GMAC Film here and contact us here.

Explore our page to see which resources and programmes we deliver. We also create content and hire out space from our Glasgow base at Trongate 103.

GMAC Film is a unique place that brings industry and community under one roof. We support creativity and collaboration and help you further real-life connections.

Meet the GMAC Film team here.

“GMAC has opened so many doors for me and has paved a way for a great future” – Kevin

The Mission of GMAC Film

GMAC Film’s mission is to empower young people, emerging film talent, and independent filmmakers. We enable them to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence, and resources to realise their ambitions.

GMAC Film tackles inequality in the screen industries. We aim to remove barriers to participation so everyone can develop their skills, confidence, and passion for film. Our engaging activities build confidence and skills in all areas of life.

“It’s because of GMAC and the course that I have this job – it’s a life changer!” – Lauren

GMAC Film History

GMAC Film started in 1982 as Glasgow Film & Video Workshop. Above all, the purpose was widening access and offering low-cost facilities and equipment. We further wanted to enable a greater diversity of people to make films. This also remains our core purpose today.

GMAC Film moved from its premises in Albion Street to Glasgow’s flagship arts centre at Trongate 103 in 2009.  

“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without GMAC” – Aidan

Our Impact

GMAC Film worked with 400 young people last year, 81% of whom are underrepresented in the screen industries.

94% of participants said they felt more confident in their soft skills including putting forward ideas.

92% reported increased confidence in knowing what their goals are, achieving goals, and team working skills.

93% of participants reported new friendships and communication skills.

87% of the participants reported increased technical skills.

47% of participants progressed on to further learning and development.

21% of participants progressed to employment and volunteering in the creative sector.

Your Support is Needed

GMAC Film generates income by renting out space, grants, and external funding. Help support our work by setting up a recurring or one-off donation. Read more about what your money goes here. 

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Impacting communities

The work we do has a huge impact, both on the people that we work with and their communities. We work with previous participants, youth workers, community organisations, schools and advisory groups who all help to make sure even the hardest to reach young people hear about our projects and are welcomed to take part.

Research shows that young people from certain backgrounds are less likely to engage in creative activities. This includes those with low income, care experience, and BAME backgrounds, as well as young people living with a disability. Research further shows that increased participation improves life chances within these groups, as well as improved attainment in education and employment.

GMAC Film challenges inequality by creating an open, accessible space for everyone interested in film. We also target groups that are underrepresented both on and off-screen. This includes those who are:

  • Low Income
  • Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • D/deaf and Disabled people
  • Care Experienced & Carers
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Rurally Excluded
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Woman and girls

As a result, over 75% of young people at GMAC Film come from these target groups. We ensure accessibility by ensuring our youth activities are free at the point of delivery, as well as providing transport and food.