Equal Opportunities Policy

Short Circuit is an inclusive initiative and we are committed to ensuring that our opportunities are accessible to everyone, regardless of race, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Short Circuit can offer access and communication support tailored to individual needs, so we encourage you to get in touch should you require any assistance.

Find out about the different ways we can help on this page.


Short Circuit is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

All aspects of employment – including the recruitment process and decision to hire – will be based on merit, competence, performance, and our organisation’s needs.


Those who have specific access needs that might prevent you from attending our outreach events  should email us at hello@shortcircuit.scot to discuss how we might help.

Support we are able to provide during event includes (but is not limited to):

  • Live captions
  • Translation
  • BSL interpreter

We will ensure all venues in which our events take place are fully wheelchair accessible, but do flag to us if you have any additional requirements we can cater for.


The Short Circuit website is designed to be accessible to all, and follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

To ensure that the Short Circuit website is accessible to our audience we have taken the following steps:

  • Making content logical and navigable using only a keyboard
  • Using alternative (Alt) text for images
  • Using descriptive links
  • Using sufficient colour contrast between text and background
  • Providing captions for embedded videos

Website visitors are advised to use Google Translate if they need to access the website in other languages.

Applying to Sharp Shorts or First Features

If you require any of our application forms in an alternative format, email us at hello@shortcircuit.scot to discuss your requirements. Please ensure that you specify your preferred way for us to contact you along with your contact details: whether it’s via telephone, email, or by post.

We offer support to D/deaf and disabled applicants, tailored to individual requests. This support can include Sign Language interpreters for meeting with us prior to submitting an application and scribing support for dyslexic applicants.

Below you will find a British Sign Language (BSL) video which gives some information about our short film scheme – Sharp Shorts.

Application Processes

If you are unable to submit to us via an online application form on our website, we can accept applications in other formats including:

  • Written application
  • BSL video or other language format

Applications are processed by the Short Circuit team. We do not use Equality Monitoring Forms to assess applications.

We support the Social Model of Disability and recognise it is society that puts the barriers in place preventing Disabled people from taking part.

If you do identify as a disabled person or as someone with a hidden disability, we strongly recommend that you disclose your status to us and list any specific access requirements at the point of application (if applying to us for funding) or registration (if signing up for one of our events).

For more information, please check out the Application Guidelines for Sharp Shorts.

Access Support Costs

Short Circuit is able to make a financial contribution towards access support for applicants and event attendees.

If any members of your filmmaking team have personal access needs that will incur a cost during the production of your short film, you can include these costs in your development or production budget as part of your request to us. This funding is granted on top of any award made.

We define such needs as specific support required under the protected characteristics of the Equality Act which will result in an actual cash cost to your production budget.

Access costs in this context can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Childcare costs, where applicants are unlikely to be able to undertake the planned activity without this support. Please note that childcare costs are classed as a taxable benefit, so whilst we will reimburse these costs, you will be responsible for reporting this to HMRC.
  • Personal assistance support
  • Transport
  • An advocate
  • Accommodation
  • Equipment including adaptations
  • Communication support such as BSL interpreter, note taker, speech to text reporter, lip speaker, translation of documents into other formats/language, translation of documents into Easy Read or other formats such as large print or audio, translation support if English is not your first language
  • Communication support provided remotely or purchasing software and equipment to deliver communication support

Sharp Shorts Films

Applications for Sharp Shorts can be accepted in other formats including:

  •  Written application
  •  BSL video or other language format

Please email hello@shortcircuit.scot in the first instance if you need any support with your application, for example if you have any access needs or if English is not your first language.