SFTN – Applications open

First Feature Development, Emerging Talent Shorts and Professional Development

Full guidelines and application forms are now available for First Feature DevelopmentEmerging Talent Shorts and Professional Development  Talent Programme Bursary awards.

First Feature Development

SFTN are offering opportunities for emerging talent to develop their first feature project and want to talk to you to help identify the best routes, activities or funding that are available for you.

Emerging Talent Shorts 2015

Short film production funding is being awarded to Emerging Talent on a rolling basis. This programme is designed to run in conjunction with the First Feature Development programme and aimed at emerging Scottish Talent who would benefit from making another short before embarking on their first feature.

Professional Development

Talent Programme Bursary

The Talent Programme Bursary is designed to support writers, directors and producers to attend development programmes and talent labs. Recognised talent labs and development programmes include, but are not limited to:

Berlinale Talents | Rotterdam Lab | Reykjavik Talent Lab | Sundance Lab | TIFF Talent Lab | Torino Film Lab

 

Further information can be found on each individual page along with the downloadable forms and guidelines. Please head to the SFTN Contact page to get in touch if you wish to discuss your project, or for help to identify the best way we can support you.

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DigiCult is proud to announce the launch of the Scottish Film Talent Network website, and its call for entries to the Scottish Shorts 2015 Programme.

SFTN Talent Development Executive Claudia Yusef is hosting information sessions across Scotland to discuss Scottish Shorts 2015 and the range of other development and funding opportunities available in the new year.

Claudia will be able to give an overview of all SFTN activity available to new and emerging filmmaking talent in Scotland, as well as answer questions from prospective applicants.

Dates for each session below –

Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen – Wednesday 03 December

Eden Court, Inverness – Thursday 04 December

Filmhouse, Edinburgh – Saturday 06 December

DCA, Dundee – Monday 08 December

GMAC, Glasgow – Tuesday 09 December

Sessions are free to attend but we do request that you book your place beforehand via Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please email info@scottishfilmtalent.com.

The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland to deliver the Scottish element of the BFI Net.Work.

The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

 

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Calling all aspiring screenwriters!

Wigtown Book Festival are hosting a special panel session on Developing Scripts for the Screen on Friday 3 October (2-4pm).  Ten aspiring screenwriters will be given professional feedback on their ideas for a screenplay or a screen adaptation of their writing.

This is an event for selected participants only, who will meet as a group to hear feedback from a panel of three industry experts including DigiCult’s Paul Welsh, a BBC drama commissioner and a screenwriting agent.

Interested writers should submit a two-page outline of their idea to Belle.Doyle@uws.ac.uk. The deadline has been extended to 11 September and writers will hear if they have been selected by 18 September.  Please note, only writers in Northern Ireland, the six border countries of the Republic of Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland can apply.

Scottish Film Talent Network is looking for a well-organised and proactive Coordinator to play a key role in the delivery of funding and support for new and emerging filmmakers across Scotland

Purpose of the role

The Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland to deliver the Scottish element of the BFI Net.Work. The BFI Net.Work will connect the UK’s film talent development agencies for the first time, bringing together experienced development teams and talent centres to offer hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to make their first feature film.

The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image, DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

The SFTN Coordinator will support the delivery of funding and development activities working closely with the Talent Development Executive and SFTN Management Group. They will act as a first point of contact for all enquiries as well as overseeing the organisational, administrative and communication needs of SFTN including setting up and maintaining appropriate systems and processes.

Please apply by CV and cover letter, ensuring that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification. You should also include your contact details and details for two employment references (preferably emails). These referees may be contacted prior to interview unless you specify otherwise.

Please download the full job description and person specification here

It is company policy to only contact shortlisted candidates. If you have not heard within two weeks of the deadline, please consider you have been unsuccessful in securing an interview.

Please email your application to holly.daniel@cmi-scotland.co.uk

It is company policy to only contact shortlisted candidates. If you have not heard within two weeks of the deadline, please consider you have been unsuccessful in securing an interview.

 

Job Title: Scottish Film Talent Network Coordinator

Salary: c. £22,500 per annum
Status: Full-time,  initial 12 month fixed term contract
Reports to: SFTN Talent Development Executive
Deadline: 12pm, Thursday 11th September 2014
Interviews: 16th/17th September 2014
Preferred Start: 15th October 2014 (or sooner)

 

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Scottish Film Talent Network is looking for a passionate and proactive Talent Development Executive to discover, nurture and progress the next generation of feature filmmaking talent from across Scotland as part of the UK wide BFI Net.Work.

Please apply by CV and cover letter, ensuring that you meet the criteria set out in the person specification. You should also include your contact details and details for two employment references (preferably emails). These referees may be contacted prior to interview unless you specify otherwise.

Full job description and person specification available here:

Please email your application to holly.daniel@cmi-scotland.co.uk

It is company policy to only contact shortlisted candidates. If you have not heard within two weeks of the deadline, please consider you have been unsuccessful in securing an interview.

Job Title: Talent Development Executive

Salary: c. £40,000 per annum
Status: Full-time, initial fixed term contract for 12 months with the possibility of extending for a further year
Location: Edinburgh or Glasgow
Deadline: 12pm, Wednesday 10 September 2014
Interviews: 15th/16th September 2014
Preferred Start: as soon as possible

 

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Scottish Film Talent Network

Important information for filmmakers

Scottish Film Talent Network

Supported by Creative Scotland and Creative Skillset and in partnership with BFI NET.WORK, SFTN will discover, nurture and advance new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland.

This innovative programme provides a clear ladder of progression from shorts to first feature, offering significant support for individual film projects and personal skills development.

SFTN’s core activities will provide opportunities for all levels of new and emerging talent, from those looking to secure their first short film commission, to those almost ready to start seeking finance on their first feature.

 

No Place Like Home (Cat Bruce, 2015)

 

About the Scottish Film Talent Network

The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland to deliver the Scottish element of the BFI NET.WORK.

The BFI NET.WORK is connecting the UK’s premier film talent development agencies for the first time, bringing together experienced development teams and talent centres to offer hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to make their first feature film.

The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

Please head to the SFTN website for further information. All enquiries relating to the SFTN should be sent to info@scottishfilmtalent.com.

 

Spores (Richard & Frances Poet, 2015)

 

About the BFI NET.WORK

Across the rest of the UK, the BFI NET.WORK partners include Creative England, Film Agency for Wales and Northern Ireland Screen. Film London will also deliver a number of targeted development programmes in the capital.

Each organisation has executives with specific responsibility for working with new and emerging filmmakers, with the ability to apply resources to script development, short filmmaking and other bespoke development needs. Details of opportunities available to new and emerging talent nationwide can be found on their respective websites:

Creative England 

• Film Agency for Wales 

• Film London is also providing additional support for filmmakers based in the capital.

• Northern Ireland Screen 
 

 

 

The Rat King (Pavel Shepan, 2015)

 

The NET.WORK Online offers opportunities for new filmmakers to share their work with each other and to industry professionals. The Postroom is where NET.WORK executives meet new talent.

Further information on the BFI NET.WORK can be found here: 
www.bfi.org.uk/film-industry/bfi-network

 

Grimm Street (Siri Rodnes, 2015)

 

Who is the Scottish Film Talent Network for?

The SFTN is aimed at both new and emerging talent based in Scotland.

New talent

As a writer, director or writer/director, NEW means you have some experience in self-funded short films, student films or produced creative work that has not yet attracted financial support from the film industry.

Emerging talent

As a writer, director or producer EMERGENT means you have made funded work that has had some positive attention from the industry and/or public, and who are looking for guidance and support towards making their first feature. In some cases, we may support filmmakers who have made a no/micro/very-low budget, or previously unreleased feature film.

Here are some bullet points to help differentiate between new and emerging talent:

 New talent


• have little or no professional experience.

• have some track record in self-funded films, in student films or in other screen-based or related media (theatre, radio, visual arts etc) but whose work has yet to attract attention and/or significant support from within the film industry.


 

 Emerging talent


• have already acquired some professional experience.

• have produced work which has already received positive industry and/or public attention.

• have not yet written or directed a produced feature film.
 
 

Dave (Garry J. Marshall & Chris Watson, 2015)

 
 

SFTN Opportunities

Please head to the SFTN website - www.scottishfilmtalent.com to get further information on the range of funding and development opportunities available.

 

Crowman (Duncan Nicoll, 2015)

 

Further information

Please forward all SFTN related enquiries to info@scottishfilmtalent.com.

For updates please follow us on the twitter account -@SFTNetwork or like our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/scottishfilmtalent.

 

Scottish Film Talent Network events

Launching in Glasgow, Inverness and Dundee

Thanks to everyone who came to the Edinburgh and Aberdeen launch events for The Scottish Film Talent Network. We still have three more launch dates in Scotland over the next couple of weeks.

SFTN is a new initiative that offers support to upcoming writers, directors and producers that are either based in or from Scotland. It is funded by Creative Scotland and BFI, and delivered by DigiCult, Hopscotch and The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI). It represents the Scottish part of the BFI NET.WORK, a talent development programme running across the UK.

The SFTN will work with emerging filmmakers as they prepare for their first feature, and will also help new talent break into the market by developing and producing shorts.

Events still to come:

GLASGOW
Wednesday 2nd July
GFT, Cinema 3
16.00 – 17.30 (followed by networking drinks in Balcony Bar)
 
INVERNESS
Thursday 3rd July
Eden Court Maclean Room
17.00 – 18.30 (followed by drinks in Douglas Baxter Hall)
 
DUNDEE
Wednesday 9th July
DCA, Cinema 2
16.00 – 17.30 (followed by drinks in the concourse area)
 

These are free, walk-in events. Please join us to meet the team and hear news on all upcoming development and production opportunities.

The Scottish Film Talent Network launches

Exciting new scheme for aspiring filmmakers

DigiCult, Hopscotch and The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) are delighted to announce the Scottish Film Talent Network, a new initiative that offers support to upcoming writers, directors and producers all across Scotland.

SFTN is funded by Creative Scotland and BFI. It represents the Scottish part of the BFI NET.WORK, a talent development programme running across the UK.

The SFTN will work closely with a new generation of Scottish filmmakers to realise their potential and prepare them for their first feature film. It will also support the production of shorts from new and emerging filmmakers.

The scheme is being launched this Sunday at EIFF (22nd June 2014) and will launch in other Scottish cities over the next few weeks.

EDINBURGH
Sunday 22nd June
Traverse Theatre 2 – EIFF Delegate Centre
17.00 – 18.30 (followed by networking drinks in the Traverse Bar)
Access: EIFF Passholder
 
ABERDEEN
Thursday 26th June
Aberdeen Belmont, Cinema 3
17.00 – 18.00 (followed by networking drinks in the Bar)
 
GLASGOW
Wednesday 2nd July
GFT, Cinema 3
16.00 – 17.30 (followed by networking drinks in Balcony Bar)
 
INVERNESS
Thursday 3rd July
Eden Court Maclean Room
17.00 – 18.30 (followed by drinks in Douglas Baxter Hall)
 
DUNDEE
Wednesday 9th July
DCA, Cinema 2
16.00 – 17.30 (followed by drinks in the concourse area)
 

Please join us to hear news on all upcoming development and production opportunities.

 

 

 

 

iFeatures are holding a free Glasgow event for Scottish filmmakers interested in the their low budget feature film initiative. During the iFeatures Roadshow event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet iFeatures Executive Producer Christopher Granier-Deferre and network with other filmmakers.

The iFeatures scheme is a Creative England, BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset funded project. From the 16 projects chosen to go into development, 3 will be produced on a budget of £350,000 each.

This Glasgow event is supported by Creative Scotland and running as part of Glasgow Film Festival. It will be held in the CCA on Tuesday 25th February from 19:00 to 21:00.

For information on how to register for the event please visit here.

Low Budget Short Film Prize

Funding & Festival slot to be won from The Skinny / Innis & Gunn

A fantastic new competition has launched for low budget short filmmakers. The Skinny / Innis & Gunn Short Film Competition aims to find the best short film made in Scotland and produced for under £1,000. The winner will be given a £3,000 budget to make a second short film which will premiere at next year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The panel judging the competition includes DigiCult’s Paul Welsh and representatives from The Skinny, Innis & Gunn and the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Individuals or groups of filmmakers are welcome to submit their films to The Skinny by 30th June 2014. Please check The Skinny’s website for details on entry requirements and how to submit your film. Good luck everyone!