Short Circuit

An ambitious film talent initiative for Scotland, supporting writers, directors and producers to develop creatively and professionally.

Short Circuit is an ambitious new film talent initiative for Scotland delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film, and funded by Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK, running initially until the end of March 2022.

Up to 9 short films will be produced and 5 feature length scripts will be developed through the programme each year.

The partnership between Film City Futures and Glasgow Film brings together two world-class film institutions based in Scotland, combining the filmmaking expertise at Film City with Glasgow Film’s leadership in film exhibition with a strong following from young, diverse audiences.

Short Circuit aims to become a key hub for emerging fiction filmmaking talent in Scotland, supporting writers, directors and producers to develop creatively and professionally, and stimulating the creative and commercial success of Scotland’s film sector.

The initiative will have an international outlook, helping Scotland-based filmmakers navigate film industry opportunities both in the UK and further afield.

Sharp Shorts

A brand new short film scheme – Sharp Shorts – invites new and emerging talent based in Scotland to submit their story ideas. Fifteen teams are set to receive guidance and support to take their idea to a draft screenplay, with up to nine teams then receiving £15k of funding to make their short film.

The deadline for the 2020 round of applications has now passed. Sharp Shorts is due to open another call for applications in spring 2021.

First Features

An opportunity for debut feature writers or writer/directors to develop their early stage treatments or draft screenplays. Approximately five projects per year will be selected for development, with funding of up to £20k per project available. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis from Tuesday 28 July 2020. See the Short Circuit website from this date for the guidelines and application form.