"... Diversity Films has continually sought to build on the success of its activities, and invested heavily in developing the organisation’s potential as well as its core project, Starting Block. Despite great efforts in a turbulent economic climate, it has sadly had to withdraw its application for funding awarded by Creative Scotland to continue Starting Block, an ambitious nationwide programme aimed at broadening the reach of first-time filmmaking around Scotland.
The financial downturn has not been kind to the type of grassroots activity Diversity Films has offered in the last five years. In a sector already reliant on abundant voluntary hours, good will and precarious economies, the increased prevalence of cuts and reductions in investment has impacted strongly on Diversity Films, whose primary aim was to function as a socially engaged, innovative organisation offering free training and mentoring to new filmmaking talent in Scotland. ..."