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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is the Talent Mentorship Scheme for?

A: The New Talent Mentorship Scheme is open to filmmakers from minority ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+ people, and/or those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds* who live in Scotland, are over 18 and are not in full-time education.

*An economically disadvantaged background is self-defined and we expect this to include people from working class backgrounds and/or who grew up in low-income or otherwise economically disadvantaged households.


Q: What level of filmmaking skills and experience do I need to have to apply for the Talent Mentorship Scheme?

A: You need to have worked on at least one short film in your chosen field, e.g. screenwriting, directing, producing. There is no specific level of skill you need to have reached in your chosen field.


Q: Does a film I’ve worked on need to have screened at a film festival?

A: No - the one short film that you must have worked on as a minimum level of experience does not need to have screened at a film festival or have reached audiences in any other specific way.


Q: Do I need to specify one area of filmmaking that I want to specialise in?

A: Yes - for the purpose of applying to the New Talent Mentorship Scheme you must state which area of filmmaking, e.g. screenwriting, directing, producing, you would like to focus on.

We are also open to applications from people working in other areas of filmmaking such as cinematography, editing or sound design. People specialising in narrative fictional filmmaking, documentary, animation or experimental/artists’ film are all welcome to apply.


Q: Which benefits will I gain from the mentorship?

A: If you are successful in your application, you will gain practical advice, encouragement and support from the mentorship. Our appointed mentors have a wealth of experience in filmmaking and working within the film industry. You will receive their support in developing your filmmaking career and/or advice on a specific film project you’re working on. At the end of the mentorship, we anticipate you will have improved your overall knowledge in filmmaking and the industry as well as your confidence in pursuing a filmmaking career.


Q: Can I request a specific mentor when I apply or if I am successful in my application?

A: No - we will assign a mentor to you based on our assessment of your application and interview. You will not be able to request a specific mentor.


Q: What happens after I’ve submitted my application?

A: We will select applicants for an interview stage, which will take place after applications close on 10 August. If you have not been selected for an interview, we will aim to notify you as soon as possible after this date. If you are selected for an interview, we will notify you of the date for this after applications have closed. Interviews will be with a panel of people who work in the film industry and have expertise in equalities.


Q: Will interviews and mentor meetings take place face to face or remotely?

A: The interviews will take place via Zoom, along with the majority of the mentor meetings. However, further into the Scheme and as the pandemic evolves, face to face meetings and in-person group networking may be possible. The Project Manager will update you if and when this is a possibility.


Q: Which other access measures are available to support people taking part in the mentorship?

A: Support for travel and accommodation as well as access costs will be available. For example, if you require BSL interpretation, note-taking or any other access measure, you will be able to request this and we will do our best to meet all requirements.


This New Talent Mentorship Scheme is sponsored by MUBI, in association with ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills Programme using Funds from the National Lottery.

As per Scottish Government restrictions, seats available for all shows from 27 December to 23 January will be capped to meet the 1m social distancing requirement.

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