Skills and Talent Development Funding

Information on additional funding routes for skills and talent development in Scotland.

In addition to Screen Scotland’s funding programmes, there are a range of other agencies, programmes and initiatives offering funding and investment for the screen sector. For skills and talent development, these include:


Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund - The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training. It supports training programmes, CPD programmes and also individuals via bursaries – grants of money towards the costs of courses.

Hiive - Hiive is a professional networking site, for the creative industries all across the UK and advertises skills development and funding opportunities for the UK creative industries.

Wellcome Trust – The Wellcome Trust support a range of fellowships, masterclasses, competitions and workshops for new/emerging writer, producers and directors working in drama, factual and documentary.

Film and Television Charity Funding programmes – The Film and Television Charity distribute around £1m in financial support to industry workers who need urgent and ongoing assistance. The funds also support emerging talent in Film and TV.

Shooting People Film Funding – Shooting People is a subscription-based network supporting independent filmmakers. They provide a Funding Directory for members that covers all of the industry. These include funding opportunities from the BFI, government departments, educational institutions, production companies, broadcasters, digital companies, acting organisations, charities, grant-making NGO’s and brands.

BAFTA Scholarships – BAFTA’s UK Scholarship Programme is part of their charitable activity to support talented people at all stages of their career in film, games and television.

Widening the Lens - A training and development programme from Encounters for filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, moving into feature film development. The course aims to address and improve diversity within the filmmaking industry.