Announcing the Sharp Shorts Awardees

We are delighted to announce the nine films that will be produced through Sharp Shorts.

Sharp Shorts launched in May, inviting writers, writer/directors or filmmaking teams to submit a one-page outline of their film idea – attracting over 400 applications. 

The Short Circuit team carried out a structured assessment process. In the first stage, the strongest story outlines were identified by a team of readers, who looked at outlines alone without access to any identifying applicant information. The highest scoring project ideas then progressed to the next stage of assessment, with each application read by at least two assessors in full. A final shortlist of thirty-three projects was then discussed by the Short Circuit assessment panel, made up of the project partners, who selected the sixteen ideas to take part in further development to take their project from idea to script.

Over the last few weeks the Short Circuit Talent Executives, Alice and Mar, have been working with these sixteen teams to help them to complete their scripts, which were then pitched to the Short Circuit panel. 

The following nine films are today announced as the selected projects:

A90 Writer/Director: Olivia Middleton; Producer: Carys Evans

BAHAR بهار (Spring) – Writer/Director: Maryam Hamidi; Producer: Alysia Maciejowska

Folding – Director: Paul Sng; Writer: Maisie Chan; Producer: Jo Blair

Go Home – Writer/Director: Razan Madhoon

Groom – Writer/Director: Leyla Josephine; Producer: Laura McBride

House Party – Writer/Director: Victoria Thomas; Co-producers: Nadira Murray and Lindsay McGee

 The A.V. Van – Writer/Director: Morayo Akandé; Co-producers: Moyo Akandé and Helen Gladders

 The Möbius Trip – Writer/Director: Simone Smith, Producer: Tom Kimberley

 Too Rough – Writer/Director: Sean Lìonadh; Co-producers: Alfredo Covelli and Ross McKenzie

Click here to find out more about the selected films.

We are hugely excited to be working with these talented teams to support them in making their short films. Each team will receive up to £15,000 to produce their film, and will also take part in intensive production training, and will be paired with an established Producer, Director or Writer  who will mentor the team to help them to deliver their final film.

We know there is a wealth of filmmaking talent in Scotland and are keen to continue to support new and emerging talent across the country. Our First Features development programme will be launched in the coming weeks for those who are working on their debut feature project.

We will also soon be announcing a programme of events and opportunities to help showcase and develop your filmmaking careers.

As always, please do get in touch with any comments or suggestions, and please keep an eye on our website for further announcements.