Producer Accelerator

Producer Accelerator Application Guidelines

Applications are now open for Producer Accelerator, our course for new and emerging producers based in Scotland, aimed at those who have yet to make a funded short film.

Producer Accelerator is aimed at 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. 

The course is delivered by Short Circuit with film producer Rosie Crerar, who has been developing and producing a slate of features as one half of BFI Vision award producing duo, barry crerar

Who can apply?

We encourage Scotland-based producers who have yet to make a funded short film to apply.

Applications are invited from those that have a passion for bringing stories to the screen and are looking to make 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.

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 (Thursday 10th and Friday 11th) and December (Thursday 8th and Friday 9th) 2022 in the form of two 2-day workshops. 

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 2023. There is no cost to participate in the programme.

Sessions included masterclasses on:

  • Understanding the development process
  • 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 are 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.

“Short Circuit’s Producer Accelerator programme is a great opportunity for aspiring producers based in Scotland. With a range of industry experts guiding you through the journey from development, financing, production to distribution and audiences, you will also have the opportunity to connect with your peers and start to build a network that will be invaluable to your next steps. As an independent producer working in Scotland, I am excited to meet the next generation of Scottish filmmaking talent, supporting you to harness your potential and gain the essential skills & knowledge to help you progress your career.”

Rosie Crerar, Producer and Course Leader

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for Producer Accelerator was 11.59pm on Sunday 18th September 2022. We are no longer accepting applications for this training scheme.


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. 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. 

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.