Short Circuit: A new partnership to nurture Scotland’s emerging film talent


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Screen Scotland and the BFI have announced Film City Futures and Glasgow Film as the Scottish Partner of BFI NETWORK – the UK-wide programme for new and emerging film talent for 2020-22.

The Scotland-based programme, named Short Circuit, will support new and emerging film writers, directors and producers from across Scotland.  Up to 18 short films will be produced and 10 feature length scripts will be developed through the programme over the two years. The partnership between Film City Futures and Glasgow Film brings together two world-class film institutions based in Scotland, combining the filmmaking expertise at Film City with Glasgow Film’s leadership in film exhibition with a strong following from young, diverse audiences. 

Outreach and access will sit at the heart of Short Circuit, and the involvement of Film Hub Scotland, based at Glasgow Film but with partners across Scotland, will ensure that it uses wide film networks to offer opportunities to the exciting talent based throughout Scotland.

The £1million programme is supported by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK and will include training, mentoring, production and development advice and networking opportunities. Short Circuit will be part of the UK-wide BFI NETWORK offer, providing support for filmmakers early in their careers through a number of Talent Execs based in key regions and the nations across the country. Short Circuit will be recruiting two talent execs for Scotland in the coming weeks.

Gillian Berrie, Film City Futures said: “Film City Futures is delighted to collaborate with Glasgow Film, Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK. Our filmmaking network has roots in numerous countries around the world and we look forward to bringing that wealth of experience and passion to this project, supporting new Scottish talent to create material capable of competing at the highest international standard.”

Allison Gardner, Glasgow Film said: “Glasgow Film is delighted to partner with Film City Futures on the Film Talent Development programme. We are looking forward to working with a plethora of diverse new talent from across Scotland and helping to bring new voices and stories to the screen. Nurturing talent and creating routes into film careers is central to our work at Glasgow Film, and this new programme will open those opportunities up further.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said: “We’re extremely excited by what this opens up for emerging Scottish writers, directors and producers, wherever in the country they are based. Film City provides a cracking environment for up and comers, and a rich pool of expertise from Scotland’s generous filmmaking community to draw on.

“Partnering with the team at Glasgow Film will bring their customary energy, a direct connection to audiences, festival expertise and a Scotland-wide approach, creating clearer pathways into the industry for those who have ability but aren’t sure how to gain access.”

Jessica Loveland, Head of BFI NETWORK, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Film City Futures and Glasgow Film as our new BFI NETWORK delivery partner in Scotland. Both organisations have a strong track record in championing exciting new filmmaking voices through professional development support, production and exhibition and we look forward to working with them to nurture and promote the next generation of Scottish filmmaking talent. In due course we are excited that this partnership will see us welcoming a further two Scotland-based Talent Execs to the wider BFI NETWORK team, these roles will be dedicated to scouting, funding and developing diverse new voices from across Scotland.”


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