As part of Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Focus programme, Short Circuit will be hosting a day of workshops, panels, networking and 1-2-1s on 6th March.


The Short Circuit Industry Day will take place as part of Glasgow Film Festival’s wider Industry Focus programme which forges connections, shares fresh new thinking and nurtures the filmmakers of tomorrow.

There will be workshops and panels with filmmakers creating in Scotland and beyond. Plus, new for 2024, is our interactive format. An event where attendees will make decisions as a collective, and journey through making a low-budget short.

To attend the Short Circuit Industry Day, a Glasgow Film Festival Industry Pass is required. Pass applications for this year’s festival are now closed. If you missed out, we hope to see you next year.


Industry Day Schedule

Coffee Morning: 10 – 11am

Start your Short Circuit Day at Glasgow Film Festival right with an opportunity to network with fellow industry folk with coffee and cake!

Matt Lloyd, the Festival Director of Glasgow Short Film Festival, will also be in attendance. Matt will be sharing details about the upcoming GSFF Industry Programme.


Journey through a Low-Budget Short: 11.30 – 12.30pm

In the spirit of 80s adventure books, our hosts will take their audience on an interactive journey through making a low budget short. Attendees will make decisions as a collective, which will impact how the script makes it through production and beyond. Are you destined for an award-winning short, or will you tank during development..? The choice is yours.

Hosts: Carys Evans, Laura McBride


Scotland’s Got Talent (Development): 1 – 2pm

Considering your options for developing your filmmaking talent? Join our wonderful panel for an honest discussion around the development possibilities within Scotland and how they can complement your career. The session will cover what it’s like going through traditional talent development programmes, how they fit into your career path and keeping the momentum going, plus what opportunities there are outside traditional schemes to further your career.

Panelists: Sean Greenhorn, Paul Sng, Holly Daniel, Debora Maité Bottino, Stewart Kyasimire


Mistakes Were Made: 2.30 – 3.30pm

Lapses in judgement, miscalculations, ‘learning opportunities’ – they happen to the best of us. Join an experienced industry panel for a light-hearted chat about their early professional mistakes and the funny (and potentially embarrassing) moments that shaped their career in film. From the major mess-ups to the minor goofs, our panellists will let you in on what they learned from any blunders and provide some advice on avoiding, and working through, your own.

Panelists: Sanjay Lago, Allison Gardner, Nikki Parrot, Andrew Cumming


To Short or To Feature, That is the Question: 4 – 5pm

Passionate about shorts? Enthusiastic for features? Unsure of any preference? Rounding off the Glasgow Film Festival Short Circuit day is a comparative look at the pathways and landscape for early career folk making short and feature films. Through different filmmakers chatting about their experiences within both mediums, our conversation will be oriented around expressing the benefits and drawbacks to pursuing each in the Scottish industry.

Panelists: Raisah Ahmed, Adura Onashile, Will Anderson, Louis Paxton


Networking Reception, 5.30 – 7.30pm

After a busy schedule at the Short Circuit Industry Day, you’ll be deserving of refreshments and chat at our Networking Reception. We’re partnering with Film Hub Scotland and Reclaim The Frame for an evening of networking and complimentary drinks. An opportunity for you to forge new connections and take the first step in a new collaboration, or idea you have been brewing.

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