We will be hosting events throughout the year to inspire, connect and inform filmmakers across Scotland. For now, these will be virtual, and open to all.

Short Circuit: In Conversation with Farah Nabulsi hosted by Jessica McGoff

Join Short Circuit for an Online Chat and Audience Q&A with filmmaker Farah Nabulsi. Farah’s directorial debut The Present won Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film & the BAFTA Award for Best British Short film. We will be talking to her about her journey into filmmaking, how she approached the making of The Present, the challenges she faced and what she plans to do next. There will be plenty of time for audience questions which can be submitted ahead of time or during the live event. The conversation will be hosted by film-writer and video essayist Jessica McGoff.

The Present – 2020 Short Drama 24 minutes

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

The Present is currently screening on Netflix.

About Farah

Farah Nabulsi is an Academy Award Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Palestinian British filmmaker. In 2016 she started working in the film industry as a writer & producer of short fiction films. This includes Today They Took My Son, endorsed by British Director Ken Loach and screened at the United Nations.

The Present, her directorial debut, which she also co-wrote and produced, premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 and won the coveted Audience Award for Best Film. It went on to win over 30 International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards, a BAFTA Award and an Oscar Nomination. The Present was licensed internationally including to Canal+ and Netflix Worldwide.

About Jessica

Jessica McGoff is a writer and video essayist. She has been published in the likes of MUBI Notebook, CinemaScope and Another Gaze. Her video work has been shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Glasgow Short Film Festival.

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

One-on-one meetings with our Talent Executive Iria Pizania 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

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Short Circuit Digital Networking

Short Circuit Connect is our new 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 soon – early October 2021

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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