We are very excited to share the 16 shortlisted projects that will be developed through our short film scheme Sharp Shorts.

In May 2020, we invited writers, writer/directors and filmmaking teams of writer, director and producer to submit a one-page outline of their short film idea for the first ever round of Sharp Shorts, a new short film scheme for Scotland.

After a structured assessment process which prioritised the strongest story outlines, 16 teams have been selected to work with the Short Circuit Talent Executives to develop their short film.

The following 16 projects have been shortlisted:

  • A90 Writer/Director: Olivia Middleton; Producer: Carys Evans
  • Bahar بهار (Spring) – Writer/Director: Maryam Hamidi; Producer: Alysia Maciejowska
  • Break – Writer/Director: Harvey Gardner; Producer: Reece Steel
  • Cleopatra 1917 – Writer/Director: Robert Florence; Producer: Ross McKenzie
  • Folding – Director: Paul Sng; Writer: Maisie Chan; Producer: Jo Blair
  • Ginny Reaper – Writer/Director: Niamh McKeown
  • Go Home – Writer/Director: Razan Madhoon
  • Groom – Writer/Director: Leyla Josephine; Producer: Laura McBride
  • Her Midas Touch – Director: Aimie Willemse; Writer: Lorna King; Producer: Uzma Mir
  • House Party – Writer/Director: Victoria Thomas; Producers: Nadira Murray and Lindsay McGee
  • The A.V. Van – Writer/Director: Morayo Akandé; Producers: Moyo Akandé and Helen Gladders
  • The Möbius Trip – Writer/Director: Simone Smith, Producer: Tom Kimberley
  • To the Moon – Director: Juulia Kalavainen; Writer: Chinh Van Tran; Producer: Bjørn Hanson
  • Too Rough – Writer/Director: Sean Lìonadh; Producers: Alfredo Covelli and Ross McKenzie
  • Trowie-Buckie – Writer/Director: Raman Mundair
  • Unknown Hand – Writer/Director: Saul Pankhurst; Writer: James Clarke; Producer: Charlie Pender

These filmmakers and projects – shortlisted from over 400 applications – will receive support from regular online masterclasses and script workshops over the next 4-6 weeks to help take their initial story outline to a short film script.

Following the development stage, the 16 shortlisted teams will be pitching their packaged projects to the Short Circuit funding panel. Up to 9 projects will then receive a maximum of £15,000 each towards their production budget, plus further training support to see them through production, post-production, delivery and distribution.

Short Circuit will deliver a year-round programme of events, talent mixers and one-to-one surgeries open to new and emerging filmmakers across Scotland.

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