First Features Opens For Applications

Short Circuit is now accepting applications for their feature film development scheme, First Features. The scheme will support Scotland-based filmmakers to take that career-defining step towards developing their debut feature.

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Short Circuit is a new film talent initiative for Scotland delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film, and funded by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK. The programme - running initially until the end of March 2022 - aims to support new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland through a combination of funding, events and training opportunities.

Short Circuit is seeking proposals for bold and compelling fiction projects (live action or animation) that have theatrical ambition and the potential to resonate with audiences globally.

First Features - which opens for applications on Thursday 12th November - will be for writing, writing/directing and producing talent from all across Scotland who have a track record in short film or other narrative-based medium, and some acclaim or industry recognition for previous work.

Applications will also be considered from established creative talent looking to make the transition to fiction from documentary or experimental film, as well as practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre, literature and other forms of visual and/or performing arts.

First Features will support projects from initial idea to fully polished draft. There will be two levels of awards, distinguished between early development (to treatment or first draft) and further development (second draft and beyond).

Successful applicants can expect to receive financial support towards their project along with creative/editorial support from the Short Circuit Talent Executives and Scripted team at Screen Scotland.

Gillian Berrie, Co-Director, Film City Futures, said: “Scotland already has a track record for fresh, innovative filmmaking, and we’re excited to support the next generation of Scottish talent. We’re expecting to discover some exceptional filmmakers, who will be supported by the Short Circuit team to take their projects from initial idea, up to first draft and beyond.”

Allison Gardner, CEO, Glasgow Film, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for diverse talent across Scotland to bring forth their stories and receive support to develop their ideas. We want to hear from, and support a variety of voices from across Scotland, so I urge you to bring your stories to First Features.”

Jessica Loveland, Head of BFI NETWORK, said: “We are excited to welcome fresh ideas, projects and teams from across Scotland to the First Feature development funding strand. It’s a great opportunity for Scottish talent to take the next steps on their journey towards their feature ambitions in a nurturing creative environment and with the dedicated support of the Talent Executives and wider team. We look forward to identifying and working with the next generation of Scottish feature writers and filmmaking teams.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland, said: “There’s no greater thrill than being told a story by someone with something new and interesting to say, and that’s what we’re hoping to find in this call for first feature scripts. This programme builds on our ongoing work to strengthen development support for producers, writers, directors across Scotland.”

Short Circuit accepts applications for First Features on a rolling basis, meaning there is no deadline for submitting applications.

An online Q+A session will be held on Thursday 19th November with the Short Circuit Talent Executives – Alice Whittemore and Mar Vila Barcelo. During this session those interested in applying for First Features will be given the opportunity to have their questions answered and find out everything they need to know about the scheme.

You can register for the First Features Q+A Session here:

Applications should be made via the online application form on the Short Circuit website:

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