We are now accepting applications for Sharp Shorts – our short film development and production scheme for new and emerging talent.

Sharp Shorts – which opens for applications today (Friday 25th March) – seeks to spotlight up-and-coming writers, directors and producers based in Scotland; granting funds to create inspiring, engaging and boundary-pushing short films that resonate with audiences worldwide. Both live action and animated projects will be considered.

Up to 12 projects will be selected to take part in a 3-month development phase. After pitching for a production award in September 2022, up to 9 projects will be selected to receive up to £15,000 of funding.

A live webinar will take place on Tuesday 12th April to guide applicants through the online form and answer any questions. Book your spot here.

New and emerging filmmakers living in Scotland are welcome to apply for Sharp Shorts, including those looking to make the transition to fiction from documentary or experimental film, as well as practitioners working in other mediums such as television, theatre, literature and other forms of visual and/or performing arts. All applicants should be able to demonstrate some experience of crafting a dramatic narrative or professional artwork in at least one of these formats.

“Short Circuit has recognised my voice as a Palestinian filmmaker living in Scotland and supported my directing vision towards making my professional debut short film. I encourage every filmmaker with a bold new idea to submit to this great scheme.”

Razan Madhoon, Filmmaker and Sharp Shorts 2020 Participant

We are seeking applications from complete teams of writer, director (or writer/director) and producer or from individual writers or writer/directors. Individual producers or directors not currently attached to a project will be invited to submit for consideration as a potential collaborator at a later date.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who are currently under-represented within the sector, including Disabled and D/deaf people, people from global majority ethnic groups, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex people (LGBTQI+), and those who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by their circumstances

The deadline to apply for Sharp Shorts is 11:59pm on Monday 2nd May.

Click here to find out more and apply.

Photo credit: Kevin J. Thomson

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