The Young Films Foundation (YFF) is a talent development scheme that aims to find and aid a new generation of Scottish screenwriting talent, to connect them with key players in the UK film & TV industry as mentors, inspiring experts and commissioners.
In 2018 and 2019, the Foundation conducted the Storytellers’ Lab, a week-long intensive residency for six new Scottish film and TV screenwriters on the Isle of Skye. The residency was supported by some of the UK’s most eminent industry mentors in the screen industries through one-to-one mentoring, classroom discussions, tailored masterclasses and the chance to film scenes in a studio with actors and an experienced director mentor.
In 2021, YFF is taking its Residency to the next level. It will offer seven new screenwriters the opportunity to write a TV drama, comedy or feature film script commissioned by one of seven broadcasters over a year long programme from June 2021 to July 2022.
They will be mentored throughout the programme by a leading industry professional who will support them through the script commissioning process. Between June 2021 and April 2022 they will work with this commissioner as well as participating in online monthly masterclasses and writing sessions with inspiring experts for a period of nine months.
The programme culminates in a week-long residency in Skye in May 2022. Here, armed with a first draft script, participants will meet their commissioner and mentor in person as well as other experienced Film and TV writers, directors and producers. Over a week, their scripts will be discussed, interrogated and transformed.
Dynamic group sessions, with actors and an experienced director, will be run in the studio to help the writers understand how their projects will fit into the wider production process with practical acting, directing and editing workshops.
The evenings will consist of networking opportunities, film screenings and project work. YFF plan to offer mentors and participants the exceptional hospitality Skye has to offer, not least as guests of the Torabhaig Distillery.
With this third edition of the residency, it is the first year that major broadcasters in the UK will be contributing a script commission fee to each of our participants, allowing the writer to experience a 360° commissioning journey.
Find out more about the programme and how to apply on the Young Films Foundation website.