In 2018 Screen Scotland supported the Young Films Foundation to create a pilot talent development initiative for Scotland-based writers, directors and producers at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.
The residency programme consisted of mentoring and workshops, and, through a longer-term association with the foundation, all participants were give ongoing project guidance and career development support.
The project was delivered by Young Films, a production company based at Sabhal Mor Ostaig and headed by experienced feature film, TV comedy and Gaelic drama producer, Chris Young whose credits include ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ and ‘Bannan’.
The residential project included mentoring by leading industry practitioners including Oscar winning director Kevin MacDonald, writers David Harrower and Olivia Hatreed. The course also included script workshops, seminars, practical directing and editing workshops and industry networking.
The scheme was a partnership between Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Young Films, Channel 4 and Film 4, Creative Scotland, MG Alba and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
The first residency took place in May 2018 as a pilot, designed to test the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed working model. All the current partners share a vision for establishing the Young Films Foundation residencies on a longer-term basis beyond the current pilot year: the next three or four years could see the scheme establish itself annually, on a similar timetable to the pilot scheme, but with a greater number of participants and a wider range of mentoring activities. The longer-term objective is to establish a sustainable development programme for the promotion of new and varied talents in the Scottish screen industry.