Young Films Foundation

Young Films is an experienced production company based at Sabhal Mor Ostaig and headed by producer Chris Young.

Screen Scotland supports the Young Films Foundation to host a talent development initiative for Scotland-based writers, directors and producers at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye.

The residency programme consists of mentoring and workshops, and, through a longer-term association with the foundation, all participants are given ongoing project guidance and career development support.

The project is delivered by Young Films, a production company based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, headed by experienced feature film, TV comedy and Gaelic drama producer, Chris Young, whose credits include The Inbetweeners Movie and Bannan.

The residential project includes mentoring from leading industry practitioners, including Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald, and writers David Harrower and Olivia Hatreed. The course also includes script workshops, seminars, practical directing and editing workshops and industry networking.

The scheme is a partnership between Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Young Films, Channel 4, 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.

Find out more and apply

Applications are currently open for the Young Films Foundation residency. For more information and guidance on how to apply, please visit