“Making the transition from documentary to drama was always going to present a challenge, not least at a time when COVID-19 restrictions limit the scope of what’s possible on a film set. I’m immensely proud of our magnificent cast and crew, who made my first-time directing drama a positive and rewarding experience. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Sharp Shorts scheme and appreciate the Short Circuit team for their support throughout.”
– Paul Sng, Director – Folding, Sharp Shorts 2020

Sharp Shorts – our annual short film scheme – is an opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging creatives to shake up the form and distinctively stamp the nation on the filmmaking map.

The scheme funds up-and-coming writers, directors and producers to create inspiring, engaging and boundary-pushing short films (live action and animation) that resonate with audiences worldwide. 

Sharp Shorts 2022 opens for applications at 11am on Friday 25th March! This year, 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.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Monday 2nd May 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Need some inspiration? Check out our Sharp Shorts showreel below.

Since the launch of Sharp Shorts in May 2020 our team and pool of readers have assessed over 600 submissions, 32 short film projects have received development support and 18 projects have been awarded funding.

Nine film projects were awarded funding through Sharp Shorts at the end of August 2020, and you can read about them here.

After pitching to our panel in September 2021, nine projects were selected to receive funding to produce their short film. You can read more about the awardees here.

Interested in applying? Please read the Application Guidelines and submit via the Online Application Form.