Mentors and Mentees revealed for GFF New Talent Mentorship Scheme 2021/2022

The selected candidates for the second year of Glasgow Film Festival’s New Talent Mentorship Scheme are announced today. The Mentorship is for emerging professionals working in film, high-end television or animation, from underrepresented backgrounds in the Scottish screen industries.

Applications to The Talent Mentorship programme were opened earlier this year to those from minority ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+, low or no income backgrounds, and people with disabilities who live in Scotland and are not in full-time education. Each of the successful mentees will receive practical support and training over the next six months from leading industry professionals, as well as receive complementary accreditation for Glasgow Film Festival 2022.

The full list of successful mentees for this year and their allocated mentors are:

Alice Cornelia

Eleanor Capaldi (writer/director) - mentored by Siri Rødnes (Take Your Partners, None of the Above).

Alice Cornelia

Alice Cornelia (writer/director) - mentored by Jonathan Glazer (Under The Skin, Sexy Beast, The Fall)

Bjorn Hanson

Bjorn Hanson (producer) - mentored by Brian Coffey (Our Ladies, Get Duked!, Outlaw King)

Jennifer Heaton

Jennifer Heaton (writer/director) - mentored by Ruth Paxton (A Banquet, Be Still My Beating Heart)

Catriona Mcleod

Catriona MacLeod (writer/director) - mentored by Isabelle Sieb (Vigil, Shetland)

Paul Srong

Paul Sng (writer/director) - mentored by Kevin Macdonald (The Mauritanian, Whitney, The Last King of Scotland)

Joanne Thomson

Joanne Thomson (writer/director) - mentored by Andrea Gibb (Elizabeth is Missing, Swallows and Amazons)

Scarlett Ward

Scar Ward (writer/director) - mentored by Lucy Brydon (Body of Water, Babe)

We’ll be checking in with our mentees throughout the process, so stay tuned for updates on how their projects and skillsets are developing along the way.

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.


Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film CEO and Co-Director of GFF, said: “At Glasgow Film, we are committed to not only bringing the best local and world cinema to audiences here in Glasgow, but also to nurturing the wealth of filmmaking talent in the city and making sure opportunities are there for people across all backgrounds.”

Brian Coffey, Producer and Mentor said: “I am delighted to be a mentor on this Scheme, an initiative that’s supporting groups currently underrepresented in the screen industries. Proud to be a part of a scheme that enables me to offer career support and development to emerging talent in Scotland. Nothing like this existed when I was coming through. It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to mentor someone and give back and also get the chance to learn from them. Peer to peer support, working alongside one another. "

Lucy Brydon, Writer/Director and Mentor said: “Having benefited hugely from mentorship in my own early career development, I'm delighted to be working with the Glasgow Film Festival initiative as a mentor. I hope this year's cohort benefits from the wisdom and war stories of their mentors, guiding them to make sustainable career choices. It's also heartening to see a wealth of Scottish talent supporting each other at different levels.”

Ruth Paxton, Writer/Director and Mentor said: “I'm really honoured and delighted to have been invited to mentor on an initiative supporting underrepresented groups in Scotland. It's a pleasure to have met my mentee Jennifer already, and I'm excited to work with her over the coming months.

Emma van der Putten, Industry Coordinator at Glasgow Film Festival added: “It’s so important for us to find the perfect industry professionals to serve as mentors for this edition of our Mentorship Scheme, and I’m delighted with the pairings we have for this year. It’s a brilliant opportunity for these filmmakers, and I’m looking forward to seeing what emerges from these relationships over the next six months.

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