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Who We Are Looking For

Eligibility Criteria

The New Talent Mentorship Scheme is open to all people from under-represented backgrounds, including (but not limited to) those from minority ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+, low or no income backgrounds, and people with disabilities. You must currently live in Scotland, be over 18, and not in full-time education.

You will have worked on one or more short films in your chosen field and are now looking for support to progress in a filmmaking career. You may be currently working on developing a film project, or looking to make next steps in building on your experience and accessing opportunities.

The scheme will focus on screenwriting, directing or producing. However, we are 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 welcome to apply. We are looking for applicants who would like to build their career in filmmaking and who would benefit from a mentorship towards achieving this.


Successful candidates will be required to commit to monthly meetings with their mentor and submit a number of progress reports throughout the Scheme with support from the Project Manager. Additional feedback reports from our funders may also be required – all details will be confirmed with successful applicants at the start of the Mentorship period.

The mentor meetings will take place via Zoom. However, face-to-face meetings may be possible further into the Scheme if circumstances allow. This will be discussed with you by the Project Manager when appropriate.


Please let us know at the point of application if you have any access requirements. Financial support is available for any access needs you may have, for example, BSL interpreters, live-captioning, or note-takers.

While interviews and mentorship meetings will be carried out remotely, please note that applicants must be based in Scotland.

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.

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