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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Wigtown Book Festival showcases Lore

Events with Rachel Seiffert and Paul Welsh

Cate Shortland’s Lore will screen at the Wigtown Book Festival under its South West Picture Show Programme. The film will play tonight at 7.30pm in County Buildings and be introduced by its Glasgow-based producer, DigiCult’s Paul Welsh.

As the Second World War ends, five German siblings embark on an epic journey to their grandmother’s after their high-level Nazi parents disappear. Adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Dark Room, Cate Shortland’s film is a moving human drama and a compelling portrait of a nation in denial.

Tomorrow, Rachel Seiffert and Paul Welsh will discuss the long road from novel to the big screen in From Page To Screen: Lore.

The 70 minute event offers a unique insight into the journey from initial idea to shooting script that will appeal equally to aspiring screenwriters, readers and film-lovers. Introduced by Professor Nick Higgins, director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, it is supported by the UWS Creative Media Academy and Honeycomb Creative Works.

On Sunday 5th October, Rachel Seiffert will talk about her new book The Walk Home, which looks at a man returning home to Glasgow and a family torn apart by the sectarian divide.

The Wigtown Book Festival is a ten day literary celebration in Scotland’s national book town. This year, the festival has linked up with the South West Picture Show, a regionwide film festival taking place in October which celebrates Dumfries & Galloway’s thriving cinema culture.

For tickets to tonight’s screening, please contact the Wigtown Book Festival’s box office on 01988 403222 or call into the festival box office at the County Buildings. Tickets for tomorrow and Sunday’s events can also be bought from the website.

Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN)

Important information for filmmakers

Between 2015-20, the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) offered new and emerging Scottish based filmmakers support for individual film projects and professional development.

From new talent through to first-time features, SFTN providing tailored individual support alongside development programmes and production finance.

SFTN was a consortium initiative managed by DigiCult, the Centre for the Moving Image and Hopscotch Films, part of the UK-wide NETWORK, funded by Creative Scotland and BFI. The initiative was the first to bring together Scottish industry practitioners in development, production, finance, distribution, exhibition and festivals who passed on their expertise through comprehensive hands-on opportunities.

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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:

Wednesday 2nd July
GFT, Cinema 3
16.00 – 17.30 (followed by networking drinks in Balcony Bar)
Thursday 3rd July
Eden Court Maclean Room
17.00 – 18.30 (followed by drinks in Douglas Baxter Hall)
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.

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





The Scotsman have published a great article about Martin Smith and his upcoming feature Shows. The feature is based on Martin Smith’s short Seagulls, which was produced through DigiCult and Hopscotch’s Scottish Shorts initiative and had its world premiere at Berlin Film Festival last month.

Shows tells the story of a teenage showman and his dream of escaping life on the road. DigiCult’s Paul Welsh is producing the feature through sister company Edge City Films. In the Scotsman article, Smith highlights the issues faced by showmen and his reasons for making a short and feature on the same subject and characters.

To read the article in full, please visit The Scotsman’s website

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.

Attention all filmmakers! iFeatures, the low budget Feature Film Initiative, are calling for entries from all over the UK.

Although the scheme originates from England, entries from Scotland and the rest of the UK are eligible if the stories are set in English regions outside London.

iFeatures, funded by Creative England, BFi, BBC Films and Creative Skillset, is a low budget feature film development and production initiative now in its 3rd year. It is aimed at 1st and 2nd time feature filmmakers.
From the 16 projects chosen to go into development, 3 will be chosen to be produced on budgets of £350,000 each.
iFeatures is now open to filmmaking teams from across the UK. Deadline 14th March, 6pm.
For more details on how to apply please visit the iFeatures website.

Tracks 2006 (Martin Smith) Producer Karen M Smyth

Twelve teams of emerging writers, directors, animators and producers have been shortlisted for the Scottish Shorts programme 2012/13. The twelve live action and animation films will be developed over the next 3-4 months before being pitched to an industry panel. Four high-quality projects will then be selected for production in spring 2013.

The programme is a collaboration between Hopscotch Films and DigiCult with investment from Creative Scotland, and draws on the experience of acclaimed producers John Archer, Carolynne Sinclair Kidd and Paul Welsh. They bring an extensive mix of talent and experience to the programme offering invaluable support and expertise to the chosen film-makers, helping to create high quality projects and equipping film-makers with the skills to break into features and promote their work on a national and international platform.

Several of those shortlisted have already achieved acclaim for their previous work. Ian Robertson’s highlights to date include Best European Animation at the Young Director Awards in Cannes, a BAFTA New Talent Award in 2011 for The Chameleon, Best Drama at Exposures Film Festival and Best Film at the British Student Film festival in 2012 for his short film ‘The Phone Box’. Ainslie Henderson’s Edinburgh College of Art graduation film ‘I Am Tom Moody’ won awards for Best British Short at Encounters 2012, Best Student Film at Krok 2012, and both the Grand Walt Disney student short award and Ottawa media prize at Ottawa International Film Festival 2012. Martin Smith won the 2006 BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film with his short film Tracks.

The shortlist:

‘As He lay Uncertain’ Writer/Director: Ian Waugh
‘Exchange and Mart’ Writer/Director: Cara Connolly & Martin Clark
‘Frankie and Adam’ (Animation/Live Action) Director: Michael Hughes; Writer/Director: Jessica Connell
‘Hedgehog’ (Animation) Writer/Director: Ania Leszczynska; Co-writer & Producer: Jessica Connell
‘Monkey Love Experiments’ (Animation) Writer/Director: Ian Robertson: Producer/Co-writer: Sam Ferguson
‘Take Your Partners’ Writer/Director: Siri Rodnes
“The House That Makes Children Old’ Director: Matt Cameron: Writer: Tom K McCarthy
‘The Whale’s Song’ (Animation) Writer/Director: Andy Kaiser; Joseph Atkinson
Untitled Project Writer/Director: Martin Smith
‘Wild’ Writer/Director: Alasdair Bayne
‘Wiyuld’ Writer/Director: Rory Alexander Stewart

Paul Welsh of DigiCult said:

“Judging by the quality of entries for the programme, Scotland has a strong passion for narrative film-making. We’re excited about working on these wonderful projects with the talent.”

John Archer of Hopscotch Films commented:

“We were overwhelmed by terrific submissions and have a very strong shortlist to develop further. We look forward to some brilliant productions.”

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland commented:

“Congratulations to the film-makers shortlisted for the first Scottish Shorts programme. This programme brings talent to the forefront and their skills and knowledge will thrive under the guidance of Paul, John and Carolynne, taking them to the next level in their careers and strengthening film-making in Scotland.”

Over the coming moths Digicult will release more information regarding the talent and progression of the Scottish Shorts Programme 2012/13.


Time To Hatch?

Incubator Scripts To Be Pitched At Toronto's IFF


After a year of intensive development through DigiCult’s Incubator Programme, producer Paul Welsh will be pitching  Gregor Johnston’s ‘Night Of The Wolf’ and Norrie Bissell’s ‘Last Man In Europe’ in Toronto, including two days at the prestigious International Financing Forum (IFF), 9th/10th September 2012.

These projects represent DigiCult’s first move into the feature market after many years producing world class shorts with emerging UK talent.