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Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize

The Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize is open for submissions for its second year. The prize is delivered by Glasgow Film in partnership with Eden Court Highland and Glasgow Short Film Festival and funded by BFI Film Academy. The prize was designed in consultation with GMAC Film and Short Circuit.

The prize is open to young filmmakers aged 18 - 25 who have completed a film in the last two years. Entrants can submit their films in two categories. The first is ideal for filmmakers who have completed their short films independently without any formal funding or support. The second is for those who completed their short film with formal funding or support from their university, college or a film organisation.

An initial jury, composed of programmers and professionals from Eden Court Highlands, Glasgow Short Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival, will watch every submitted film and shortlist 10 finalists, whose films will be screened at Glasgow Short Film Festival in 2023.

A young jury of film fans and finalists from last year’s prize, chaired by Short Circuit Talent Executive Iria Pizania, will select the winner from each of the two categories. The winning filmmaker in each category will be awarded £1,000 in funding to further their career in film. All 10 shortlisted filmmakers will receive £250, as well as continued support and guidance from the Glasgow Film team. The shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to attend networking mixers and access development opportunities, facilitated by the partners of the prize, with travel and accommodation expenses paid.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 December at 5pm. Read the terms and conditions below and click here to apply: https://gsff.filmchief.com/sub...

Terms and Conditions

  • You must be 18 or older to submit a film to the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize Competition.
  • You must have been no older than 25 at the time of making the film.
  • The short film submitted must be no longer than 20 minutes.
  • The short film must have been completed in the last 24 months and cannot have been submitted to this specific prize in the past.
  • Film Submissions will be judged in 2 categories:
    1. Film made with funding or organisatonal support/resources.
    2. Film made without funding or organisatonal support/resources.
  • Please make sure you provide the correct information about the circumstances of your film, to ensure the film is considered in the most suitable category.
  • To be considered, films must be appropriate for age 15 audiences, please see the age ratings guidance. https://www.bbfc.co.uk/
  • Glasgow Film Theatre and Glasgow Short Film Festival reserve the right to place age ratings on the shortlisted films (for public screening purposes).
  • The winners of the prize from each category will be awarded £1,000. The winners will not receive their funding by cash but through funding requests made to Glasgow Film to purchase equipment, travel etc. All funding must be used towards the intentions outlined in the applications, unless an exception is requested and then approved by Glasgow Film. All funding must be used with the intention of furthering the progression of the filmmaker’s or filmmaking team’s career(s).
  • Each shortlisted filmmaker will be awarded £250, this will not be distributed by cash but through funding requests made to Glasgow Film to purchase equipment, travel etc. All funding must be used towards the intentions outlined in the applications, unless an exception is requested and then approved by Glasgow Film. All funding must be used with the intention of furthering the progression of the filmmaker’s or filmmaking team’s career(s). This prize money but be requested by July 2023 at the latest.
  • Shortlisted filmmakers will be expected to contribute to Glasgow Film and BFI Film Academy evaluation processes as part of the Young Scottish Filmmakers prize project.
  • This competition is being administered Glasgow Film, in partnership with Glasgow Short Film Festival and funded by BFI Film Academy. By submitting an application, you are therefore consenting to the information you provide in your application being shared between Glasgow Film, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Eden Court Highlands and BFI Film Academy.
  • Glasgow Film is the trading name of Glasgow Film Theatre. Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) is registered in Scotland No.SC097369 with its registered office at 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB. Glasgow Film Theatre is a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity (No.SC005932) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No.SC049556) with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. The registered office of Glasgow Short Film Festival is at 60 Tradeston Street, Glasgow, G5 8BH.

How to apply to the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize

  • Please follow this link to complete the application and submit your film - https://gsff.filmchief.com/sub...
  • Please download and complete our Diversity Monitoring form, that can be found below. After completing the Diversity Monitoring form, please send it to olivia.learmonth@glasgowfilm.org.
  • If you have any questions at all please email olivia.learmonth@glasgowfilm.org
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