Scottish film talent scheme launched

Screen Scotland The BFI and Screen Scotland have launched Short Circuit, a Scotland-based talent development programme. 

The £1m scheme aims to discover and nurture new and emerging writers, directors and producers from across Scotland. 

The programme will see 18 short films produced over the next two years, with 10 feature-length scripts being developed during the same time-frame. 

Film City Futures – a non-profit organisation based at Film City Futures in Glasgow – and educational charity Glasgow Film are partnering on the scheme, which is financed by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland and BFI Network. It will include training, mentoring, production and development advice and networking opportunities.

Isabel Davis, executive director at Screen Scotland, said: “We’re extremely excited by what this opens up for emerging Scottish writers, directors and producers, wherever in the country they are based. Film City provides a cracking environment for up and comers, and a rich pool of expertise from Scotland’s generous filmmaking community to draw on.

“Partnering with the team at Glasgow Film will bring their customary energy, a direct connection to audiences, festival expertise and a Scotland-wide approach, creating clearer pathways into the industry for those who have ability but aren’t sure how to gain access.”

Applications will open for short films on 18 May, with a deadline of 15 June 2020; first feature applications will open shortly. Full details on both can be found here.


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