Producer Accelerator

Producer Accelerator Application Guidelines

Short Circuit is proud to launch Producer Accelerator, a brand new course for new and emerging producers based in Scotland, aimed at those who have yet to make a funded short film.

Producer Accelerator is administered by Short Circuit, a talent development initiative delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film, and funded by Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK.

We are looking for 8 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 industry or expanding their skillset. 

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.

What does the course include?

Producer Accelerator aims to inspire and invigorate the most dynamic, promising new producers in Scotland. The course will take place across 4 days in November (11th and 12th) and December (9th and 10th) 2021 in the form of two 2-day workshops.

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.

Sessions will include masterclasses on:

  • Developing a unique creative identity
  • Working with writers and directors
  • Managing talent relationships
  • Budgeting and financing
  • Legal and distribution
  • 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.

Short Circuit is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work. We particularly welcome applications from groups that are under-represented in the film industry such as Disabled and D/deaf people, minority ethnic communities, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex people (LGBTQI+), and those who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by their circumstances and upbringing. We seek to foster equal opportunities for new and emerging talent from diverse backgrounds, with support on hand for those who need it.

What is the application deadline?

All applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Sunday 10th October 2021. Therefore, we are no longer accepting applications for this opportunity.

Full details can be found in the Application Guidelines.


How much experience should I have had before applying?
We are looking for people who have had some experience in creating or producing short films or might have experience producing theatre. Applicants may have worked in the film industry in a different capacity and are looking to move into producing. There is no minimum or maximum number of years of experience but applicants must not have received funding from a public funder or broadcaster to produce a short or longer form film. 

What is involved?
You will be expected to attend a total of 4 days of sessions in November (11th-12th) and December (9th-10th) 2021. It is a requirement that you can attend all of these days. We will match you with a personal mentor who we will ask you to meet for 3 x 1-hour meetings over the 4 months (November 2021 – March 2022). 

Do I need to be based in Scotland?
Yes. This programme is open only to producers based in Scotland.

Will I have to travel to Film City Futures in Glasgow to take part?
No. The course will be delivered entirely online.

Do I have to pay?
No. This course is free of charge and it aims to support new promising talent breaking down access barriers.

Please read the Application Guidelines before applying.