SQIFF Making the Festival Affordable

SQIFF Making the Festival Affordable

By Helen Wright


In this case study, Helen Wright from SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) shares the impact of introducing a sliding scale ticketing system to the festival.

SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. Since 2015, we have held an annual festival in Glasgow alongside providing year round events across various locations. Our goal is to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films. We want to screen movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see and to create inspiring and informative events alongside challenging inequality and barriers to accessing the arts.

At SQIFF 2017, we introduced a sliding scale ticket system with the aim of making the festival more affordable to more people. A lot of events organisers have been in touch asking how this worked, so we thought we’d publish a mini report with the statistics and relevant information on how to create a similar system. Credit to the folks at the amazing Leeds Queer Film Festival for giving us the idea for the silding scale!

They in turn took the concept from the Califia Collective in California and we believe it’s also been used by some groups/orgs in Berlin. As far as we know and for us, others using the same scheme with same wording is totally fine as everyone wants to spread the idea of arts and social events being as accessible as possible.

Download the SQIFF Sliding Ticketing Scale Case Study (PDF)

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Resource type: Case studies | Published: 2018