New programme aimed at Scotland-based writers opens for applications

Short Circuit is now accepting applications for their new programme aimed at Scotland-based aspiring screenwriters, Convergence. The programme will support professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other mediums who are interested in moving into writing for screen.

Short Circuit is a new film talent initiative for Scotland delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film, and funded by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK. The programme - running initially until the end of March 2022 - aims to support new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland through a combination of funding, events and training opportunities.

Convergence - which opens for applications on Monday 7 December - will be for writers and creatives who have a proven track record in theatre, literature, radio, documentary or artist’s moving image.

Eight applicants will be selected to develop their screenwriting skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, peer group discussions, masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions.

Successful applicants will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting shorts and feature films, including how to work on character, structure and theme and the particularities of writing screen narratives. Those taking part in Convergence will finish the programme with a short film screenplay and a feature film treatment ideally positioned to apply to Short Circuit’s Sharp Shorts and First Features funds.

Convergence will be delivered by Short Circuit with Script Consultant and Screenwriter David Pope, who has worked with Academy and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters. His recent work includes consulting for the Rotterdam Lab IFFRPro, the Rawi Screenwriting Lab for Royal Film Commission Jordan, Cannes Cinefondation, BFI, Irish Film Board and the British Council, among many others. He is also a co-founder of Stowe Story Labs in the US.

Mar Vila Barcelo, Talent Executive, Short Circuit, said: “Convergence aims to bring the cinematic language together with new narrative and visual perspectives to make Scottish cinema richer and more diverse. The Short Circuit team can’t wait to welcome new voices and stories coming from other artistic fields into our filmmaking community.”

David Pope, Script Consultant and Screenwriter, said: “As powerful and engaging stories can be found in a multitude of places, Convergence, both through recruiting from different mediums and in seeking diverse voices, will support a range of practitioners in developing their narrative ideas into screenplays. Through the expanding of screenwriting process and exposure to industry practices the programme will encourage new points of view to present themselves to screen industries and audiences.”

Jessica Loveland, Head of BFI NETWORK, said: “The Convergence screenwriting programme offers a fantastic opportunity for talented writers to develop their skills and stories for the screen. We’re keen to discover a range of voices that can captivate audiences and might benefit from further BFI NETWORK support as they progress their film careers.”

Kieran Hannigan, Head of Scripted, Screen Scotland, said: “At the heart of every great film is a compelling story and we know Scotland has some of the best storytellers working anywhere in the world, many of them work in theatre, literature, games and other art forms. This is our unashamed play to tempt you and your talent into the film world. You will be joining some of the most celebrated filmmakers in the world, who honed their story-telling skills in other fields before delighting film audiences with their brilliance and boldness.”

All applications for Convergence must be submitted before 12pm on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Applications should be made via the online application form on the Short Circuit website:

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