Interested in applying for Sharp Shorts? We are hosting an in-person talent mixer on Wednesday 3rd May in partnership with GMAC Film to help build your teams.

Do you have a script but have no director attached? Are you a director looking for a producer to work with? Come along to our in-person talent mixer to meet other filmmakers looking to submit to Sharp Shorts, and find that team member you’ve been looking for.

Please note: this networking event is for writers, directors or producers only. We will be hosting more mixers in future to help both above and below-the-line talent connect with others working in the screen sector.

Location: GMAC Film, 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD

Access: The venue is wheelchair accessible, an ambulant and accessible toilet is available, seats will be available throughout the event, there are elevators leading to the event space. More information can be found here.


How does it work?

We will have structured speed-networking for producers, writers and directors, along with a talent mixer towards the end of the session. Writers and directors will be sat at ‘booths’, with those looking to connect with them rotating around the room. Each writer/director will have ten minutes to discuss their ideas, before moving onto the next person. Please ensure you arrive at the session promptly by the start time to be allocated a place.

If you wish to take part in the speed-networking, you must include an outline of your project (if you are a writer or director), and who it is you’re looking to connect with upon registration.

We ask that you complete an equality monitoring form after registering for this event. The information you provide will be kept anonymous and the data is managed confidentially.

If you have any access requirements for this networking session, please email

If you have a general enquiry about Short Circuit or this session, please email


About Sharp Shorts

This year, Short Circuit will select up to 12 projects to take part in a 3-month development phase.

Over the 3 months, writers or writer/directors will develop their short film proposals into a draft script. Teams will be supported by Short Circuit’s Talent Executives and will have access to masterclasses, editorial feedback, peer-to-peer workshops and additional bespoke training and access support as required. This will also include training to help you prepare to pitch in front of the funding panel.

After pitching for a production award in September 2023, up to six projects will be selected to receive up to £25,000 of funding.

Since the launch of Sharp Shorts in May 2020 the Short Circuit team and pool of readers have assessed over 800 submissions for the scheme. 44 short film projects have received development support and 25 projects have been awarded funding.

Submit your application before 11am on Monday 29th May 2023. Please read the Application Guidelines before applying.

Photo credit: Stuart McClay, behind-the-scenes of Sharp Shorts funded film SLAY + PREPARE THE ANIMAL FOR MEAT


About GMAC Film

The mission of GMAC Film is, as it has been for nearly 40 years, to promote equality of opportunity for all; inclusive of ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation, gender, age and disability – our target groups. They believe that by removing barriers to participation they can contribute to the gradual and genuine increase in the equality, diversity and inclusivity of the screen and other creative sectors in Scotland.

GMAC Film aims to tackle inequality of opportunity by working with people from communities currently under-represented in the arts. They work closely with a wide range of partners to ensure that their opportunities reach the people who need them most.

GMAC Film seeks to empower people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in projects free at the point of delivery so that low income is never a barrier to taking part, giving confidence, knowledge and ambition to those who become involved, allowing each voice to be heard.

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