Convergence is Short Circuit’s programme aimed at Scotland-based writers and creatives currently working in other mediums who are interested in learning to write for screen.

Programme Outline

For Convergence 2023, Short Circuit will select up to 10 applicants who will develop their screenwriting skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, peer group discussions, masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions.

Successful applicants will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting shorts and feature films, including how to work on character, structure and theme and the particularities of writing screen narratives.

The programme will start in early January 2023 and will run for three months until March 2023, where a final pitch event will take place – also online – in front of an industry panel. There is no cost to participate in the programme.  

Those selected to take part in Convergence will finish the programme with a short film screenplay and a feature film treatment.

Who will deliver Convergence?

Convergence is delivered by Short Circuit with Script Consultant and Screenwriter David Pope, who has worked with Academy and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters. His recent work includes consulting for the Rawi Screenwriting Lab for Royal Film Commission Jordan, Cannes Cinefondation, BFI, Irish Film Board and the British Council, among many others. He annually consults for the Rotterdam Lab IFFRPro and is a co-founder of Stowe Story Labs in the US.

“As powerful and engaging stories can be found in a multitude of places, Convergence, both through recruiting from different mediums and in seeking diverse voices, will support a range of practitioners in developing their narrative ideas into screenplays. Through the expanding of screenwriting process and exposure to industry practices the programme will encourage new points of view to present themselves to screen industries and audiences.”

DAVID POPE
SCRIPT CONSULTANT AND SCREENWRITER
CONVERGENCE 2023 COURSE LEADER

Who can apply?

Submissions are invited from Scotland-based professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other mediums who are interested in moving into writing for screen. Applicants must have had work professionally published, performed or produced but will not yet have a short film or feature film writing credit. Please refer to the Application Guidelines for more information.

If you have personal access needs that will incur a cost during the period you are taking part in the programme, you can include these costs as part of your application.

How do I apply?

Applicants will need to submit a completed Application Form containing the following: 

  • Short bio (max. 100 words)
  • Samples of previous work (to view or read). If you are applying with a written sample this must be no longer than 15 pages, of either your best work or a piece you feel has similarities with the ideas you are applying with. 
  • Personal statement (max. 500 words) outlining why you wish to participate in the programme and the kind of stories you would like to tell in film.  
  • Short Film Story Outline (max. 250 words)
  • Feature Film Story Outline (max. 500 words)

Ideas for short and feature films can be original material or an adaptation of the applicants’ existing work, as long as they own the underlying rights to the material. 

We welcome applications in alternative formats, such as audio or video recording. You will be given the option to upload your application in an alternative format via the Application Form. Please email us at hello@shortcircuit.scot if you have any questions about this.

The deadline to apply is 11.59pm on Sunday 13th November 2022.

Please read both the Application Guidelines and the FAQs carefully before submitting your application.