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

Applications are currently closed for this opportunity. Launch dates for 2022 will be announced on this page, so please check back at a later date.

For Convergence 2022, Short Circuit selected eight applicants to develop their screenwriting skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, peer group discussions, masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions.

Successful applicants learned 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 finished 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 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.”


Who can apply?

Applications are not currently open for this opportunity. Launch dates for 2022 will be announced on this page.

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.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for Convergence 2022.

The deadline was Sunday 12th December 2021.