Screenplay Home Made 2020: Call for submissions

Shetland Arts is calling on local filmmakers to submit their work for this year’s Screenplay Film Festival, which runs from 30 August to 6 September 2020. The Home Made screening is always one of the most popular events of the festival, featuring short films made by Shetlanders of all ages and abilities.

All kinds of films are welcome, but they must be suitable for general viewing, as the Home Made event appeals to a family audience, and they must be under four minutes long. Filmmakers must be Shetlanders by birth or residency, and entries are also welcome from those living south who are engaged in higher education.

Festival Director Kathy Hubbard says: “The Home Made screening is always a highlight of the festival, and every year we look forward to seeing what will arrive each year. Whether you want to tell a story, tell a good joke, create a short documentary or make an animated film, we’d love to hear from you. Spring is nearly here so it’s time to get your cameras out.

"Previous Home Made filmmakers such as Liz Musser, Stephen Mercer, Roseanne Watt, Greg McCarron and Stuart Thomson have gone on to have their short films screened at other festivals nationally and internationally, so this could be the start of your brilliant career!”

As they have done for the past three years, Shetland ForWirds will be offering a prize for the most effective use of Shetland dialect, so watch for details of this in the press soon.

How to apply

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24 July.

More information and submission forms can be obtained from Shetland Arts by emailing Kathy at, or they can be downloaded from the website at

Notes to editors

Screenplay, Shetland’s annual film festival is curated by celebrated film historian Linda Ruth Williams and film critic Mark Kermode with long-standing festival director Kathy Hubbard returning for 2020. It features brilliant drama, comedy, adventure, documentary and family films from all over the world, plus amazing guests and special events.

Shetland Arts is the leading arts agency in Shetland, delivering a year round programme of festivals, film, music, theatre, literature, craft, visual arts, dance, and comedy events to Shetland’s diverse population. Shetland Arts is supported by Creative Scotland and core funded by the Shetland Charitable Trust. Shetland Arts is a registered charity (SCO37082).

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Header image: Still from selected Home Made films in 2019: 'Socks The Pony – Where is He?' JJ Jamieson, Liz Musser, Thomas Jones and Lorna Mackay.