Film Talent Development 2020-2022: Call for delivery partner

Screen Scotland is now inviting proposals from potential delivery partners interested in delivering a film talent development programme for new and emerging talent from across Scotland.

Screen Scotland’s contract with the current provider is coming to an end and we are now inviting organisations – whether new or previously involved – for proposals for activity from 2020–22. The programme will develop producing, directing and writing talent.

Funding, support and training for feature development, up to early stage budgeting, scheduling, casting and financing will be included in the programme. Short-form film production will be supported through the programme, along with other bespoke professional and project development programmes.

The programme will support both live action and animation filmmaking. Documentaries are excluded, since their development is supported through other programmes. The talent development programme will be open to residents of Scotland but is not open to students.

The partner will work closely with Screen Scotland as part of a coherent talent development strategy and pipeline of support. Access and engagement will be central to the successful proposal, therefore the programme should fit with Creative Scotland’s wider Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion ambitions and the BFI Diversity Standards.

Its delivery must also include ambitious engagement with Creative Scotland’s Environment Connecting Theme. The programme will be supported by Screen Scotland and the British Film Institute and will represent Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NETWORK initiative.

About the Delivery Partner

We welcome proposals from providers who have a proven track record of delivering successful industry standard talent development and training projects. The successful applicant may be a single organisation or a partnership between multiple organisations.

The programme should be designed to operate for two years, from April 2020 to March 2022, with regular reporting and evaluation. In the instance that a new organisation is formed for the delivery of this programme, we will be evaluating the experience of the individuals involved (rather than the track record of the new organisation).

We do not expect the full delivery team to be in place at the point that the proposal is made. In order to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, existing film production companies will not be eligible.


A maximum budget of £450,000 per annum is available for this programme, provided in equal parts by Screen Scotland and the BFI.


  • 24 February 2020: Deadline for proposals
  • Week commencing 2 March 2020: Notification of interviews
  • Week commencing 9 March 2020: Interview week
  • Week commencing 23 March 2020: Notification of successful candidate.


Download the full Film Talent Development Call Out pack in PDF format.