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Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize

Two of Scotland’s top independent cinemas, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) and Eden Court, will join forces with Glasgow Short Film Festival to deliver the inaugural year of the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize, supported by the BFI Film Academy (awarding funds from the National Lottery) and the Gannochy Trust and in association with BFI Film Academy SCENE.

The competition is open to young filmmakers aged 18-25 who have completed a film within the last two years. Glasgow Film has consulted with GMAC Film and Glasgow Short Film Festival to design a prize that will empower young people to pursue their film industry ambitions.

Please read the application requirements and terms and conditions listed below before applying.

Entrants will be considered for the prize in two categories. The first category is for young people who have completed a film with support, whether from university or college, an organisation like GMAC Film, a programme like BFI Film Academy or who have received funding or technical assistance. The second category is for filmmakers who have not received formal education or training or funding during the production of their film.

The prize winner in each category will receive £1,500 to invest on furthering their film career and all of the shortlisted films will be exhibited at Glasgow Short Film Festival, which will take place from 23 - 27 March 2022.

Requirements of the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize Application

To apply you must meet the following requirements -

  • Be between the ages of 18-25 (or in this age range at the time the film was made)
  • Currently living in Scotland
  • Your film must be between 2–20 minutes in duration
  • You must submit your short film and application by the deadline, which is Monday 24 January at 5pm
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions listed in the application at the following link. Please note any film that does not meet these terms will not be considered.

Judging criteria

To make the shortlist and possibly win the Prize your film will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The quality of storytelling demonstrated in your work
  • Your intention for the funding and how this will further your filmmaking skills or career
  • The visual quality of the film and it’s direction
  • The appeal to audiences
  • The quality of your application


  • The winners of the competition will not receive their award directly but will receive their funding via requests made to Glasgow Film team to purchase equipment, travel, festival tickets, workshops etc.
  • All funding must be used towards the intentions outlined in your application unless an exception is requested and then approved by Glasgow Film.
  • All funding must be used with the intention of furthering the progress of the short film or the filmmaker’s or filmmaking team’s career(s).
  • Finally the lead applicant on the Film Chief will be used as the person responsible for submitting funding requests upon winning the prize.

How to apply to the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize

  • Please follow this link to complete the application and submit your film -
  • Please download and complete our Diversity Monitoring form, that can be found below. After completing the Diversity Monitoring form, please send it to
  • If you have any questions at all please email
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