Companies announced for FOCUS Bootcamp opportunity

Film City Futures are excited to announce the ten companies selected to take part in FOCUS Bootcamp. FOCUS Bootcamp is an opportunity for film and TV start-ups to learn how to run a successful production company, taking place in Glasgow this month.

Following a competitive process, the ten companies selected to take part are:

Animation Garden

Aruna Productions

Compact Pictures

Encaptivate Films

Freak Productions

Moquette Films

Sgeul Media

Specky Productions

The Highland Midgie

Urquhart Media

The course - held over three consecutive Fridays in January - will be delivered by industry experts Jen Topping, Mike Kelly and Clare Thompson, and will cover business essentials such as management, leadership, finance, development, and navigating the commissioning landscape.

Bootcamp participants will also meet with Business Gateway, Pact, Alan Clements from Two Rivers Media, Triodos, Screen Scotland, Louise Thornton from BBC Scotland, Ged Fitzsimmons from Cosmic Cat, and Karen Kelly from Channel 4.

Graduates of the course will become part of the wider FOCUS alumni, gaining priority booking for FOCUS events and access to the exclusive FOCUS online portal. Bootcamp alumni will also become eligible to apply for a final consultancy funding release in February 2020, along with the Pilot cohort and the MG ALBA alumni.

Following the Bootcamp, the FOCUS Business Development Manager will meet with each participant to advise on next steps and offer guidance to support any applications for future consultancy.

Film City Futures are delighted to be able to support these additional ten companies through FOCUS Bootcamp. Twenty companies were initially accepted onto the FOCUS project, and four additional companies received business mentoring through the FOCUS partnership with MG ALBA. Over a hundred more companies have already benefited from the FOCUS project through sector news and free workshops, events, and briefings.


FOCUS is an initiative by Film City Futures and Scottish Documentary Institute, supported by Screen Scotland and the participating companies. Screen businesses are not always able to access the business development expertise that they need in order to achieve significant growth. FOCUS seeks to change this, by providing screen sector companies with access to the sector-specific business development expertise that they need from experts in Production, Law, HR, book scouting, sales and distribution, and other areas.

About the Partners

Film City Futures’ mission is to connect people, space and opportunity, enabling access and entry to the screen industries for all - acting as a catalyst for participation, learning, and innovation. The organisation’s vision is to ensure Scotland’s continuing growth and evolution in the screen industries. Their current pilot project, FOCUS, is open to Scotland-based companies who want to grow and develop their business. @filmcityfutures

Scottish Documentary Institute has produced over a hundred films, screening in sixty countries worldwide, garnering international recognition as being at the cutting edge of the documentary sector. Bridging art and industry, SDI is committed to supporting authored films driven by content and emotional experience. SDI is a charity organisation, delivering a ladder of development opportunities to benefit all Scottish filmmakers and producers, in addition to running Scottish delegations, in collaboration with Screen Scotland.  SDI is now leading a 50:50+ campaign to get more women into directing. @ScottishDocInst

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland.  With funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support. Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.