Short Circuit’s First Features scheme will enable the brightest Scotland-based filmmakers to take that career-defining step towards making their debut feature.

The scheme is for writing, writing/directing and producing talent from all across Scotland who have bold and compelling fiction projects with theatrical ambition and the potential to resonate with audiences globally. 

First Features will support projects from initial idea to fully polished draft. There will be two levels of awards, distinguished between early development (to treatment or first draft) and further development (second draft and beyond). You will be able to apply via the online application form for support at either level. 

Please note that First Features is able to support only a small number of projects at each stage, and support at one level will not guarantee support at the next.

All applicants must have a strong track record in short films or other narrative-based medium, and industry recognition for previous work. After reading the application guidelines, we encourage you to get in touch with the Short Circuit Team if you would like to discuss your application and need support in order to apply. 

Applications will also be considered from established creative talent looking to make the transition to fiction from documentary or experimental film, as well as practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre, literature and other forms of visual and/or performing arts.

Successful applicants can expect to receive financial support towards their project along with creative/editorial support from the Short Circuit Talent Executives and the Scripted team at Screen Scotland.

Short Circuit accepts applications for First Features on a rolling basis, meaning there is no deadline for submitting applications.