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Scottish Film Talent Network

Exchange & Mart, directed by Cara Connolly & Martin Clark

Funded by BFI and Creative Scotland, the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) will discover, nurture and progress new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland.

Launching Autumn 2014, this innovative programme will provide a clear ladder of progression from shorts to first feature, offering significant support for individual film projects and personal skills development.

About the Network

The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium comprises of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films and has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland to deliver the Scottish element of the BFI NET.WORK.


SFTN's core activities will provide opportunities for all levels of new and emerging talent based in Scotland, from those looking to secure their first short film commission, to those almost ready to start seeking finance on their first feature. 

The following opportunities will be available through the SFTN: 

  • Short film development and production for new talent
  • Short film development and production for emerging talent with a feature film project to develop
  • Feature film script development and packaging
  • Support for emerging Scottish based Writers, Directors and Producers to attend talent labs and initiatives delivered by International Festivals such as Rotterdam, Berlin, Toronto, Annecy.

Guidelines, details of the individual programmes and related deadlines will be available from October 2014.

Who is the Network for?

New talent are those filmmakers who have so far done very little but who are looking for opportunities to prove themselves and to develop their filmmaking voice. They may have made a self-funded short or written a screenplay but probably haven’t yet produced work of a quality that has attracted financial support from within the industry.

Emerging talent are those filmmakers who have acquired some professional skills and will have made work of a certain level but who have not yet made a feature. Writers may have written successfully produced short films, plays or television content. Directors may have a track record in short film, television, theatre or music promos and may now be looking for guidance and support towards making their first feature film.

More info

All enquiries relating to the SFTN can be sent to sftn@cmi-scotland.co.uk.