Apply | Short Circuit: Sharp Shorts

Short Circuit annual short film scheme is an opportunity for Scotland’s most exciting emerging talent to create distinctive work that can travel internationally and compete on the global stage.

“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

This year, Short Circuit will select up to 12 projects to take part in a 3-month development phase.

Over the 3 months, writers or writer/directors will develop their short film proposals into a draft script. Teams will be supported by Short Circuit’s Talent Executives and will have access to masterclasses, editorial feedback, peer-to-peer workshops and additional bespoke training and access support as required. This will also include training to help you prepare to pitch in front of the funding panel.

After pitching for a production award in September 2023, up to six projects will be selected to receive up to £25,000 of funding.

Since the launch of Sharp Shorts in May 2020 the Short Circuit team and pool of readers have assessed over 800 submissions for the scheme. 44 short film projects have received development support and 25 projects have been awarded funding.

Submit your application before 11am on Monday 29th May 2023. Please read the Application Guidelines before applying.

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