Producer Accelerator Application Guidelines

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What is Producer Accelerator?

Producer Accelerator is Short Circuit’s course aimed at Scotland-based producers at the start of their careers who are looking to take that next step into the industry but may need support in furthering their knowledge of the screen sector or expanding their skillset.

Short Circuit is looking to build a complimentary group of participants from a range of backgrounds and skills who may have previously produced low/no budget short films. Applications are encouraged from practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre and other forms of visual and/or performing arts.

Producer Accelerator will take place across 4 days in November (11th and 12th) and December (9th and 10th) 2021. Short Circuit will select up to 8 applicants who will develop their producing skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, masterclasses and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions.

Participants will take part in training and networking sessions from industry speakers and will be matched with a carefully selected mentor that they will work with until March 2022. There is no cost to participate in the programme. 

Successful applicants will learn the fundamentals of producing including developing a unique creative identity; working with writers and directors; managing talent relationships; budgeting and financing; legal and distribution; and the lifecycle of a project from inception, through to physical production and delivery. The training days will be compulsory for the selected participants and will take place entirely online.

Applicants will finish the programme ideally positioned to produce projects that are funded through Short Circuit’s Sharp Shorts scheme.

Access

If you have personal access needs that will incur a cost during the period you are taking part in the programme, you can include these costs as part of your application.

These costs are not just Disability access focused and may also include additional costs that help reduce barriers faced by you as a creator. We define such needs as specific support required in relation to a protected characteristic of the Equality Act.

If you are unsure whether your needs can be covered, please contact a member of the Short Circuit team at hello@shortcircuit.scot to discuss.

Access costs in this context can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Childcare costs, where applicants are unlikely to be able to undertake the planned activity without this support. Please note that childcare costs are classed as a taxable benefit, so whilst we will reimburse these costs, you will be responsible for reporting this to HMRC.
  • Personal assistance support
  • Transport
  • An advocate (to support you with communication)
  • Accommodation
  • Equipment including adaptations
  • Communication support such as BSL interpreter, note taker, speech to text reporter, lip speaker, translation of documents into other formats/language, translation of documents into Easy Read or other formats such as large print or audio, translation support if English is not your first language
  • Communication support provided remotely or purchasing software and equipment to deliver communication support.

If you require support for such costs, you would include them under the category Access Support.

Who Can Apply?

Submissions are invited from Scotland-based producers who have yet to make a funded short film. Applicants may have experience producing the following:

  • Low/no budget filmmaking
  • Student filmmaking
  • Documentary or artists moving image
  • Broadcast/television
  • Theatre

We may also accept applications from those with experience in other areas of the screen sector (such as exhibition or distribution) but it is advised you contact Short Circuit before applying to discuss.

Eligibility Checklist:

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over
  • Applicants must be based in Scotland
  • Applicants must not be in full time education
  • You must be available for ALL workshop dates (two 2-day workshops) on 11th-12th November and 9th-10th December 2021

Producer Accelerator is an inclusive programme, and is open to applicants regardless of race, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, or socio-economic status as defined by the Equality Act. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from individuals currently under-represented within the Scottish screen industries, including those from Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority backgrounds, Disabled and D/deaf people, the LGBTQI+ community and women.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants will need to submit a completed Application Form containing the following:

  • Supporting links (e.g. personal website, Vimeo, IMBb etc.)
  • Samples of previous work (to view or read)
  • Copy of your CV
  • Personal statement (max. 250 words) outlining your background as a producer and/or previous experience
  • Short note (max. 500 words) explaining:
    • Why you want to take part in Producer Accelerator
    • Three things you hope to gain from taking part in this course
    • How Producer Accelerator will advance your career in the film industry 

You will also need to complete an Equal Opportunities online questionnaire.

Once you have submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that we have received your application. If you have not received such email confirmation within ten working days of your submission, please contact us by emailing hello@shortcircuit.scot.

Application Deadline

All applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Sunday 10th October 2021.

Please read both the Guidelines and the FAQs below carefully before submitting your application.

Project Selection

Short Circuit will select up to 8 applicants who will develop their producing skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, masterclasses and 1-2-1 mentoring sessions.

Candidates that submit their applications by the deadline and meet all the eligibility criteria will have their applications assessed in full.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and receive a short follow-up call from the Short Circuit team to discuss their application by Friday 15th October 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than 5pm on Monday 18th of October.

Assessment Criteria

If your application is eligible, an assessor will look at your application, taking into account the following criteria:

  • The strengths of the applicant;
    • Including (but not limited to): demonstrable passion for the industry; previous knowledge and experience; how the participant meets the aims of the course
  • The likely career progression benefit for the applicant;
  • How the course content matches the participant’s needs

Key Dates

Application Deadline: 11.59pm on Sunday 10th October 2021

Course Dates
Day 1: Thursday 11th November 2021
Day 2: Friday 12th November 2021
Day 3: Thursday 9th December 2021
Day 4: Friday 10th December 2021

Glasgow Film Festival: 2nd-13th March 2022

Producer Accelerator FAQs

1) When is the deadline for submitting applications?
All applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Sunday 10th October 2021 via the Application Form available on our website.

2) Who will read my application?
Applications will be read and assessed by the Short Circuit team.

3) I have had television work produced, am I eligible?
Yes, Producer Accelerator is primarily for Scotland-based producers who have yet to make a funded short film.

4) When will I hear whether I’ve been selected for the course?
Successful applicants will be notified no later than 5pm on Monday 18th of October 2021.

5) What should I include in my personal statement?
This is your opportunity to tell us why you should be offered a place on the course; tell us about your background as a creative, why you’re interested in producing films, and your career aspirations.

6) What level of experience are you looking for?
A film producer credit is not required to apply for this opportunity, however experience in creating short-form content and a passion for bringing stories to the screen is advantageous. We are looking for applicants that are interested in making the transition to fiction from documentary or experimental film, as well as practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre and other forms of visual and/or performing arts.

7) I am a Scottish producer but am not based in Scotland. Can I apply?
No, you must be resident in Scotland to be eligible.

8) I am currently in further/higher education (university, film school, etc), can I apply?
No, you cannot apply if you are currently enrolled full-time in further or higher education.

9) I am under 18, can I apply?
No, you must be over 18 to apply to Producer Accelerator. If you’re 16-25 years of age, passionate about film and interested in a career in the film industry, you should get involved in the BFI Film Academy. Find out more here: https://www.bfi.org.uk/bfi-film-academy-opportunities-young-creatives.

10) What access support is available for course participants?
There is a space in the Application Form for you to inform us of any access requirements you might have, including those relating to a disability, communication support or contribution to childcare.

11) What is the time commitment of the course? Can I participate alongside other work?
The course is not full-time, though you should be prepared to devote significant time to training dates and your own personal development. It is up to you to manage your workload for the course alongside your existing commitments. Key course dates for Producer Accelerator are 11th-12th November and 9th-10th December 2021.