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


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:


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 - 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

For updates please follow us on the twitter account -@SFTNetwork or like our Facebook page -


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