Professional Development Fund

Support for individuals working in film and television to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity, nationally and internationally.

The development of Scotland’s screen workforce is essential to meet the industry’s growth, and to increase its diversity. This fund aims to contribute to this by providing support for individuals working in film and television to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity, nationally and internationally.

Priority will be given to:

  • Developments in areas of skills shortages (outlined in the Skills Priorities section below) and
  • Applicants under-represented in the screen industries.

Skills Priorities

While there are skills gaps throughout the screen workforce, areas of particular concern include, but are not limited to:

  • Production (Producers, Line Producers, Unit Production Managers,
  • Production Managers and Production Co-ordinators)
  • First and Second Assistant Directors
  • Heads of Department and Supervisory Grades across technical
    and craft departments in film and TV
  • Locations
  • TV Series Producers
  • Showrunners
  • Editors
  • Development Executives and Researchers.

Under-Represented Groups

We will prioritise applications from those who are under-represented in our current funding programmes. Current evidence indicates that these under-represented people are those who self-identify as disabled, those who come from Black and Minority Ethnic cultural backgrounds, and those who are women or other gender nonconforming identities. There have been a number of gender-focussed studies that indicate a particular under-representation of women in areas of Directing, Camera, Post-Production and VFX.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from individuals who live in Scotland and work within the Scottish film and TV sector. The fund is aimed primarily at freelancers. However, applications from individuals working in small and growing screen businesses may be considered, if a strong case for public funding is made, and there is a cash contribution from your employer to the budget.

Those currently in full-time education are not eligible to apply. We will prioritise applicants who have not previously received developmental support from Screen Scotland in the 12 months prior to current application.


Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this fund, please ensure you have read the guidelines and Funding Privacy Notice fully before you complete the application form.

Download the Professional Development Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Download the Professional Development Fund Application Form (Word, opens in a new window)

View the Privacy Notice

Monitoring and Reporting

Download the Equalities Monitoring Form (Word, opens in a new window)

Download the Professional Development Fund End of Project monitoring form (Word, opens in a new window)