Screen Scotland Bursaries for Rotterdam Lab 2021

Screen Scotland, working in partnership with International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), is offering up to three fully funded places on Rotterdam Lab 2021, organised as part of CineMart. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the lab will take place virtually in 2021, running 25 January – 5 February (not including the weekend of 30 and 31 January).

About Rotterdam Lab

The lab is an acclaimed training workshop for promising emerging producers from all over the world. Around 70 producers will attend the online sessions, receiving guidance on how to navigate the world of international film financing, sales and distribution, along with the means to build and develop an international film network. There will be opportunities to connect with the international film industry, network with other producers, and develop a project.

The programme consists of expert advice, networking opportunities, panels and presentations moderated and held by experienced industry delegates. David Pope is the advisor of the Rotterdam Lab programme and moderates all activities during the training workshop. The programme focuses on developing the skills of the individual, and supporting ambition to be working internationally.

Before you apply, you may wish to research the types of individuals and projects that have been accepted into CineMart and screened at Rotterdam in previous years. The IFFR website link is

Who should apply

Screen Scotland invites applications from producers based in Scotland who have produced one or two short films, and no more than two feature films. Your credits may be in narrative filmmaking or documentary, and be across live action or animation.

Although the programme is focussed on the skills and ambition of the individual, you must have a feature project currently in development, with an interest in co-production.


The deadline for applications will be Wednesday 18 November 2020.

How to apply

If you are interested in the opportunity, please provide the following:

  • A short biography, including relevant experience, company profile and credits (250 words max)
  • A letter of motivation explaining why you will benefit from this programme (250 words max)
  • Details of your feature project, in development (250 words max)
  • Information on any other Screen Scotland support you have previously been, or are currently, in receipt of (e.g. SFTN, Bellrock, film or broadcast development funding)

Please send this information to [email protected] by Wednesday 18 November 2020.