What is it?
The First Features scheme is for writing, writing/directing and producing talent from all across Scotland who have bold and compelling fiction projects with theatrical ambition and the potential to resonate with audiences globally.
First Features supports projects from initial idea to fully polished draft. There are two levels of awards, distinguished between early development (to treatment or first draft) and further development (second draft and beyond). You will be able to apply for support at either level.
All applicants must have a strong track record in short films or other narrative-based medium, and industry recognition for previous work. After reading the application guidelines, we encourage you to get in touch with the Short Circuit Team if you would like to discuss your application and need support in order to apply.
Successful applicants can expect to receive financial support towards their project along with creative/editorial support from the Short Circuit Talent Executives and the Scripted team at Screen Scotland.
How to apply
In 2023 there will be two open calls for First Features, with deadlines on the following dates:
- Monday 24th July, 9am
- Monday 27th November, 9am
Find out more on the Short Circuit website.