Events

We will be hosting events throughout the year to inspire, connect and inform filmmakers across Scotland.


Short Circuit x Young Films: Beyond the Belt

Short Circuit is teaming up with Young Films to discuss sourcing talent beyond the central belt. We will be joined by Chris Young, Founder and Directing Manager of Young Films Foundation, Mairead Hamilton, Writer/Director and John Watson, Young Films Foundation.
Topics up for discussion are:


The challenges and opportunities that come with running a film & TV business and creating content in remote locations
The development and production of Gaelic language content
The identification and development of local talent
What resources and support there are for filmmakers outside the central belt or working in the Gaelic language
There will be a 20-minute audience Q&A at the end of the session for your questions.

Please note that this session will take place via Zoom.us. You will be able to access the Zoom link 30 minutes before the event begins by using the link on your e-ticket. Click here to register for a free place.

This event will be live-captioned.


Short Circuit x Screen Skills: Find Your Crew

Have you written your script, acquired some film finance but are unsure of the best way to find your crew? Do you want to know more about the film industry in Scotland right now and also hear about the latest training opportunities? Or are you taking your first steps into the film industry and want to know more about the roles available on a film set?

Join Short Circuit and ScreenSkills via Zoom to discuss all these topics and more. Short Circuit will be joined by Training Liaison Manager for ScreenSkills in Scotland, Kate Efomi and Producer, Shona Mackenzie to chat with us online. We will hear about the ScreenSkills Trainee Finder and where the talent gaps lie plus we will get up-to-date information about working on a Scottish film set.

Topics covered will include:

  • Advice for finding your crew
  • Current UK legislation for working on set
  • Tips on working with a small budget
  • Information on emerging roles
  • Day-to-day considerations about your film in production

There will be plenty of time for audience questions which can be submitted ahead of time to hello@shortcircuit.scot or during the live event in the Q&A chat box.

About Kate

Kate Efomi, the Training Liaison Manager for ScreenSkills in Scotland has over 20 years’ experience in development and production across film, television dramas and documentaries. She has worked as a researcher, production manager, script supervisor and producer.

About Shona

With 10 years’ experience working in film and television, Shona has found her feet in the freelance world of film production, with a particular interest in independent filmmaking, and working currently as a Line Producer and Producer on independent drama productions. Hailing from a remote corner of the Outer Hebrides, she has a deep-rooted sense of community and a passion for people, inspiring her to invest in projects that can help serve the community, both creatively and economically, whilst building relationships with fellow creatives, and harnessing talent that will lead to lasting working relationships in the future.

Please note that this session will take place via Zoom.us. You will receive the link to attend once you have registered. This event will be live-captioned.


Short Circuit: Directors In Conversation – Julian Kemp & Raisah Ahmed RECORDED 21 JUNE

Join Short Circuit for a conversation between film and television directors Julian Kemp and Raisah Ahmed. We will be hearing from them both about their career journeys covering their body of work, creative methods and approach to new projects.

Raisah will be discussing with Julian how to build a directing career over multiple channels and disciplines, how to keep progressing if you don’t qualify for a funding programme, what you can do to advance your CV and what to expect when embarking on a career in the current UK film industry.

RECORDED TUESDAY 21ST JUNE 2022


Sharp Shorts Q+A

An opportunity to have your questions answered by the Short Circuit Talent Executives – recorded on Tuesday 12th April 2022.

Sharp Shorts – our annual short film scheme – is an opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging creatives to shake up the form and distinctively stamp the nation on the filmmaking map.

The scheme funds up-and-coming writers, directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging and boundary-pushing short films (live action and animation) that resonate with audiences worldwide.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 2nd May 2022. For full details about Sharp Shorts click here: https://shortcircuit.scot/sharp-shorts/

1-2-1 Surgery Slots with Short Circuit Talent Executives

One-on-one meetings with our Talent Executives Iria Pizania & Miriam Newman are available on a bi-monthly basis. These are intended for new and emerging filmmakers who are seeking advice on their career journey and opportunities available to them. We are not able to offer feedback on applications or project pitches during these meetings.

Filmmakers who require access or communication support are welcome to get in touch with us at any time to request a meeting – please email hello@shortcircuit.scot.

Register for your session below:

Short Circuit Connect

Short Circuit Connect is our bi-monthly networking event open to all Scottish filmmakers. These free events are a great way to meet other filmmakers in Scotland, expand your contacts and add to your filmmaking team. There are also opportunities for professional development. Next event coming in October 2022.

Short Circuit Film Club

Short Circuit Film Club is a monthly film event for filmmakers (or those looking to enter the industry) and is your chance to engage with films from around the world, and network with other like-minded professionals. Each month will feature either a specially programmed screening of short films, or a debut feature film – local, national and international – chosen to inspire and connect our Scottish filmmaking community. Screenings will be accompanied by an event to give you a chance to meet other filmmakers, discuss the films, share advice and be inspired!


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