Join us on Wednesday 3rd of March as we’ll be taking over Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Programme.

Meet our Talent Executives, find out how to create your own short film strategy, learn all about filming in a pandemic and much more.

Glasgow Film Festival’s 2021 Industry Focus will run Monday 1st – Saturday 6th March and take place completely digitally. Key areas of focus for 2021 include diversity and representationaccessibility and how the film industry is moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full schedule for Short Circuit’s Industry Day can be found below:

Coffee Morning –
Drop In Sessions 

09.30 – 12.00 

Grab a coffee and join the Short Circuit Talent Executives Alice Whittemore and Mar Vila Barcelo for a casual morning chat, where they will be discussing a selection of topics including: Applying to First Features, next opportunities with Sharp Shorts & Convergence, and a general Q&A. Each topic will be given a rough time slot, so check back for further details.


Your Short Film Strategy

10.00 – 11.15

Hosted by Sanne Jehoul, Co-director of Glasgow Short Film Festival, this event will give filmmakers a chance to hear from industry experts (including Sarah Dombrink, interfilm Berlin, and Wouter Jansen, Square Eyes) who have a vast knowledge of the UK and European short film landscape. Whether you are just embarking on your first short or you have a few under your belt, these experts will have new insights to the process and answers to your questions. 

Topics will include:

  • An overview of short filmmaking in the UK and Europe. 
  • Pre-shoot decisions and how they will impact your film’s success. 
  • How to find the right audience for your film. 
  • How to capitalise on any broadcast or festival acclaim.


Film Producing 101

12.00 – 13.15

This session will focus on the practical elements and complexities of the producer’s role in (narrative) filmmaking. From the all important first idea, right through to the filming process and post-production stages, you will hear insights from our panel of established producers – Lauren LamarrIrune Gurtubai and Brian Coffey

If you are a film producer or filmmaker who would like to understand the role of a producer better, a writer/director who needs to self-produce, or a producer at the very beginning of their filmmaking career this is an essential session for you. Our panel will give you plenty of tips and advice on how to be successful in your filmmaking endeavours, to help ensure it runs smoothly.


How to Make a Film in a Pandemic 

14.00 – 15.15

2020 to 2021 has been a year like no other and we have all faced many challenges in dealing with the global pandemic. Life has changed and we have had to adapt to doing everything differently: work, socialising and of course how we watch films. For some, it has been a time of great productivity. This session will celebrate the stories of Scottish filmmakers who have continued to be creative in a crisis.

Panellists: Maryam Hamidi (Writer/Director), Alysia Maciejowska (Producer), Stewart Kyasimire (Director/Producer/DOP) and Hope Dickson Leach (Director).


Screening In Scotland 

16.00 – 17.30

An opportunity to meet the filmmakers whose short films have been selected for the Short Circuit Film Tour. We bring you five of the best recent short fiction films from Scotland, highlighting the exciting diversity and wealth of talent that our emerging filmmakers have to offer.

Take a trip with Miles and Stanley in rural Scotland to a 4th encounter; plunge back to the 1980s for a metal journey to hell; experience a Boys Night in North East Glasgow; join a brave warrior queen as she shows ‘The Man’ who’s boss; and learn to ‘take the shite with the good sometimes’ in Salt & Sauce.

The five films will be screening on the GFF Press and Industry Platform for the duration of the Industry Programme.


Networking Session


Come along to meet, chat and have a drink with your filmmaking colleagues at the digital GFT bar. 

Our Short Circuit Talent Executives, Mar Villa Barcelo and Alice Whittemore will be there to introduce the initiative and some of our upcoming opportunities.


Click here to download the Digital Industry Events Schedule

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