New Programme Aimed at Aspiring Screenwriters Opens for Applications

We are now accepting applications for our new programme aimed at Scotland-based writers and creators, Convergence.

The programme will support professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other mediums who are interested in moving into writing for screen.

Convergence – which opens for applications on Monday 7th December – will be for writers and creatives who have a proven track record in theatre, literature, radio, documentary or artist’s moving image.

Eight applicants will be selected to develop their screenwriting skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, peer group discussions, masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions.

Successful applicants will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting shorts and feature films, including how to work on character, structure and theme and the particularities of writing screen narratives. Those taking part in Convergence will finish the programme with a short film screenplay and a feature film treatment ideally positioned to apply to our Sharp Shorts and First Features funds.

Convergence will be delivered by Short Circuit with Script Consultant and Screenwriter David Pope, who has worked with Academy and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters. His recent work includes consulting for the Rotterdam Lab IFFRPro, the Rawi Screenwriting Lab for Royal Film Commission Jordan, Cannes Cinefondation, BFI, Irish Film Board and the British Council, among many others. He is also a co-founder of Stowe Story Labs in the US.

All applications for Convergence must be submitted before 12pm on Tuesday 5th January 2021. Read the Application Guidelines and apply here.