Glasgow Film Theatre, Eden Court Highlands and Glasgow Short Film Festival launch the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize

We are delighted to announce that Glasgow Film Theatre is partnering with Eden Court Highlands and 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.

The competition is open to young filmmakers aged 18-25 who have completed a film within the last two years. Glasgow Film Theatre 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. 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.

Alongside the prize, Glasgow Film Theatre and Eden Court Highlands will deliver a series of free Scotland-wide online masterclasses for young people aged 18-25. Established film professionals will share their knowledge and experience with aspiring young filmmakers. The masterclasses will cover screenwriting with Alan McDonald (Anna and the Apocalypse), directing with award-winning director Eva Riley (Perfect 10), producing with producer, actor and assistant director Lauren Lamarr, and film exhibition with Glasgow Short Film Festival director Matt Lloyd.

Rebecca McSheaffrey, Learning and Youth Engagement Manager at GFT said: ‘At Glasgow Film, we are committed to providing opportunities for young people to nurture their passion for film, empowering them to pursue careers in an industry where historically it has been difficult to get a foot in the door. With the support of the BFI Film Academy and the Gannochy Trust The Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize will enable us to make a financial investment in the early careers of emerging filmmakers, with the prize winners free to spend their winnings on any kind of career development that would benefit them most - whether it’s an investment in their next film project, training, funding to attend a festival or an opportunity to purchase new equipment.’

Matt Lloyd, Festival Director at Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF), said: ‘As the largest annual showcase of emerging Scottish filmmaking talent, GSFF is delighted to be hosting the inaugural Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize. We have always been more interested in ideas and ambition than in big budgets or technical perfection, and we look forward to watching and nurturing the diverse visions of filmmakers at the earliest point of their career.’

Neil Hepburn, Marketing Manager, Film and Visual Culture at Eden Court Highlands, said: ‘Eden Court Highlands provides a nurturing home for independent film culture for our young people, from affordable ticket prices and a diverse cinema programme to vital youth work as part of the (Scottish Government funded) CashBack for Communities programme. Partnering with Glasgow Film Theatre and Glasgow Short Film Festival on this prize further enhances the opportunities we can present to the future of filmmaking talent across the Highlands. The Young Scottish Filmmaker’s Prize is a perfect centerpiece to drive the ambition of young filmmakers across Scotland to discover access routes into the industry with the full support of their local independent cinemas and creative education hubs.’

Alan McDonald, Screenwriter said: ‘While there now exist more ways than ever to experience stories on-screen, professional access remains a real obstacle across the industry for those without connections. Events like this are vital in offering new voices an opportunity to build the skills and knowledge required to break through. I started out as one of those voices and understand just how vital it is to offer help and advice without a price tag attached. I'm really looking forward to talking to the next exciting wave of Scottish storytellers.’

Applications for the Young Scottish Filmmakers Prize will open on 22 November 2021 and close on 24 January 2022. Click here to find out more.

Tickets for the free online masterclasses for 18-25 year olds are available to book now via Eventbrite. Click here to explore the programme.

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