At Short Circuit, our mission has always been to support and uplift the Scottish film industry by providing opportunities to talented filmmakers and promoting diverse voices. We are thrilled to announce that our team is expanding with the addition of two exceptional professionals – Wilma Smith as our new Talent Executive and Jennifer Hunter as Project Manager.

Meet Wilma Smith – Talent Executive

Wilma’s working background is in supporting and teaching through film which includes many years facilitating community arts projects for people of all ages, FE college and university lecturing and prior to joining the Short Circuit team, she was the Filmmakers Programme Manager at GMAC Film, developing new talent through commissioning scheme Little Pictures. She is the Co-vice President of Screen Talent Europe network which promotes international collaborations and filmmaker talent camps.

Wilma brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for spotting emerging talent to Short Circuit. With a proven track-record in film production and a passion for discovering fresh voices, she is the perfect fit for nurturing the next generation of filmmakers. Wilma’s extensive industry connections and dedication to promoting inclusivity in film will undoubtedly bring new perspectives and creativity to our projects. Alongside our other Talent Executive, Miriam Newman, she will be the guiding force in identifying promising filmmakers and ensuring that their visions receive the support they deserve.

From Wilma:

“I’m delighted to join the team and to be working with new and existing talent across the Short Circuit and Screen Scotland slate. Bringing my own experiences and creative input as a writer/director and animator, I’m excited to fundamentally support and nurture emerging talent as they pursue their filmmaking journeys in the Scottish screen sector and further expand development opportunities internationally, through my connection with Screen Talent Europe.”

Meet Jennifer Hunter – Project Manager

Jen Hunter is an experienced Project Manager. Previous to joining Short Circuit Jen lead the Culture Counts project which was responsible for raising the profile and the understanding of the value of the wider culture sector across Government and Parliament.  While at Culture Counts, Jen established the CPG Creative Economy and the CPG Culture and Communities networks at the Scottish Parliament, because networks provide us with an opportunity to get together to create change. Previous to Culture Counts Jen worked across entertainment unions, including undertaking an organisational review for the Scottish Artists Union and working for over eight years as an organiser for the Musicians’ Union within Scotland and Ireland. 

Jen is interested in film due to the power that stories have to change narratives, particularly as we now live within a world of damaging misinformation, film plays a vital role in building understanding and empathy, particularly within complex issues. Her impressive project management skills and passion for supporting creative endeavours make her an invaluable asset to Short Circuit. With her wealth of experience, Jen will play a crucial role in overseeing the successful execution of our training and funding initiatives. Her ability to juggle multiple tasks with precision and dedication will ensure that every project will receive the attention it deserves, from development to completion.

From Jen:

“I am looking forward to joining the Short Circuit team and contributing to the growth of Scotland’s film industry. I am eager to collaborate with talented filmmakers and deliver projects that make a positive impact on our communities and the wider film landscape.”

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Wilma and Jen! With their valuable contributions, we are confident that Short Circuit will continue to be at the forefront of Scotland’s film community, championing filmmakers and fostering innovation.

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