The Sharp Shorts scheme aims to identify and support through training, 1-2-1 meetings, funding and mentoring the most exciting filmmaking talent in Scotland in the early stages of their career.
In April 2022, Short Circuit invited writers, writer/directors or filmmaking teams of writer, director and producer to submit a one-page outline of their film idea. After a rigorous selection process, 12 ideas were selected to take part in further development, supported by industry experts and the Short Circuit Talent Executives, to take their project from idea to script.
The twelve teams then pitched their project to a panel that was formed by Short Circuit Talent Executives; Claudia Yusef, Head of Development at BBC Film; and Brian Coffey, Producer at The Highland Midgie for the chance to receive production funding to make their film.
The following seven films are today announced as the selected projects:
A Beating Wing – Writer/Director: Ciaran Pasi; Producer: Shona Mackenzie
Beatless – Writer/Director: Ana Songel; Producer: Misha McCullagh
Just Jackie – Writer: Ali Taylor; Director: Michael Lee Richardson; Producers: Reece Cargan and James Heath
Paternal Advice – Writer/Director: Lisa Clarkson; Producer: Alex Polunin
Slay + Prepare the Animal for Meat – Writer: Ciara Elizabeth Smyth; Director: Oisin Kearney; Producers: Tony Wood and Anna Burns at Buccaneer Media
Soul – Writer: Eilidh Loan; Producers: Paula McGann and Zoe Fowlie
The Lost Keys – Writer/Director: Theo Panagopoulos
The selected teams will each receive up to £15,000 to produce their film, plus an additional uplift for COVID costs of up to £5,000. Teams will also take part in intensive production training, and will be paired with an established Producer, Director or Writer who will mentor the team to help them to deliver their final film.
Since the launch of Sharp Shorts in May 2020 the Short Circuit team and pool of readers have assessed over 800 submissions for the scheme. 44 short film projects have received development support and 25 projects have been awarded funding.
Featured image: Behind the scenes of Sharp Shorts funded film Folding, directed by Paul Sng
Photo credit: Chris McCluskie