Convergence is Short Circuit’s new 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 16th January 2021. The programme will include four one-day weekend workshops in January and February, followed by a one-day weekend workshop per month in March, April and May.

There will be additional 1-2-1 sessions over the course of the six months, with a final industry mixer in June 2021 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 features 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 Rotterdam Lab IFFRPro, the Rawi Screenwriting Lab for Royal Film Commission Jordan, Cannes Cinefondation, BFI, Irish Film Board and the British Council, among many others. He is also a co-founder of Stowe Story Labs in the US.

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 weekend workshop dates (two per month) commencing in January 2021.

There is no cost to participate in the programme.  

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

How do I apply?

The deadline for Convergence was at 12pm on Tuesday 5th January 2021. We are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity.