Application Guidelines

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

Convergence will start on Saturday 8th January 2022. The programme will include three full-weekend online workshops in January and February 2022.

There will be additional 1-2-1 sessions over the course of the three months, with a final industry mixer in March 2022 for participants to pitch their projects to a selected panel of producers and industry executives.  

Short Circuit will select up to eight 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.

Those selected to take part in Convergence will finish the programme with a short film screenplay and a feature film treatment ideally positioned to apply to Short Circuit’s Sharp Shorts and First Features funds.

Who will deliver Convergence?

Convergence will be 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.”


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 writing credit.

To apply you must be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Based in Scotland
  • Not be in full time education
  • Available for three full-weekend workshops in January and February 2022, and additional 1-2-1 sessions between January and March 2022

There is no cost to participate in the programme and 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.

For full details about Eligibility and Selection Criteria please read the Application Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for Convergence 2022.

The deadline was Sunday 12th December 2021.