Scottish Shorts 2019/20 open for applications

Scottish Shorts is the Scottish Film Talent Network's (SFTN) comprehensive short film development and production programme for NEW filmmaking talent. Scottish Shorts targets Scotland-based writers, directors and producers with the imagination to create thrilling and engaging stories to share with international audiences.

As a writer, director or writer/director, NEW means you have experience in self-funded short films, student films, documentary or experimental work, music promos, commercials and/or drama broadcast on TV or online.

In the mix of eligible talent, SFTN welcome applications from independent filmmakers with drama experience, documentary or experimental filmmakers, theatre practitioners or literary writers making the transition to fiction for the big screen. All applicant criteria and eligibility is outlined in the guidelines.

SFTN will shortlist twelve projects to enter into the development process with us before commissioning six short films in August, with individual budgets of £15,000. If you would like to be considered for this programme, please download the guidelines and application form and submit no later than 11:59pm on Sunday 31 March 2019.

More information on applying is available here:

Producers and directors without a project who are keen to engage with the selected short film teams should complete the Registering Interest form available on the SFTN web page.

More about SFTN

Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) offers new and emerging filmmakers significant support for individual film projects and professional development.

SFTN connects with new and emerging Scottish talent – from new entrants through to first-time feature filmmakers - by providing tailored support which best suits individual requirements alongside wider funding schemes and short film commissions.

SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI)DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. SFTN represents Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NETWORK initiative which connects the UK’s film talent development agencies. The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland and is supported by BFI.

SFTN run a number of specific programmes supporting short films, talent labs at key international film festivals, and specific support to help filmmakers who are developing their first feature.

This initiative is the first to bring together industry practitioners in film development, production, finance, distribution, exhibition and festivals who will pass on their expertise through comprehensive hands-on development opportunities.