Screen Scotland Bursaries for Rotterdam Lab 2022

Screen Scotland, working in partnership with International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), is offering three fully funded places on Rotterdam Lab 2022. The lab will take place both virtually and in person for 2022, running 24 January – 28 January online and 31 January to 2 February in person at Rotterdam.

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 navigating 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. 

2022 Lab

Initially there will be four days of virtual sessions (24 – 28 January), allowing participants from across the globe to take part. This will then be followed by optional in-person sessions taking place across three days (31 January – 2 February) in Rotterdam. 
This opportunity covers participation in both parts of the lab. However, if you wish to attend (or end up only being able to attend) just the online sessions, your application will still be considered.

Who Is Eligible To 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 scripted or documentary, and be across live action or animation. 

You must have a feature project currently in development, for which you have an interest in co-production. 

What is included

If successful, applicants will receive:

  • Cinemart registration badge
  • 4 nights accommodation in one of the festival hotels (30 January – 3 February)
  • Meals/daily subsistence
  • Travel to and from Rotterdam 
  • Access costs if required
  • Inclusion in IFFR Pro publications and the Rotterdam Lab Reader


The deadline for applications will be 12 noon, 24 November 2021

How To Apply

If you are interested in the opportunity, please provide the following, which will form the basis of the assessment:

  • 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. Short Circuit, Little Pictures etc)

Please send this information to [email protected] by 24 November 2021

What Happens Next and How Will My Application Be Assessed? 

Once we receive your application, we will check for basic completeness and eligibility. If you have not provided all of the information required, or if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, your application will not be assessed. You will be notified of this, and of the reasons why, by email. 

Your application will be assessed on your film producing experience to date and relevant recent credits. It is expected that you will have a producer credit on either a short or feature that has performed well at film festivals. The assessment will also consider your reasons for attending the lab, including desired outcomes and an understanding of the benefits to your career as an international film producer. 

Screen Scotland will be working in partnership with IFFR, and a shortlist of applications may be shared with the team there for review and input. 

If you are successful, we will ask for a budget outlining travel and any access costs.  


Successful applicants will be informed by 12 noon on Monday 29 November 2021 

Data Protection:

Creative Scotland (CS) requires some personal information about you / your organisation to consider your application for funding. Without such CS will not be able to fund your project.

If you would like to see a breakdown of the personal information CS requires, why it is required, what CS does with that information and how long CS keeps it, please refer to CS’s Privacy Notice.

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Help, further advice or feedback

If you require support, further information or have any general enquiries about the application process please contact our Enquiries Service. 

Our Enquiries Service will be able to advise you or will put you in contact with one of our officers.

Email: [email protected] 
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