Opportunity: Convergence – Course for aspiring screenwriters

30th November 2021

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Supporting professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other disciplines

Programme outline:

Starting on Saturday 8th January 2022, the programme will include three full-weekend online workshops in January and February 2022.

There will be additional 1-2-1 sessions over the course of the three months, with a final industry mixer in March 2022 for participants to pitch their projects to a selected panel of producers and industry executives.

Short Circuit will select up to eight applicants who will develop their screenwriting skills and industry knowledge through online development workshops, peer group discussions, masterclasses and 1-2-1 sessions.

Successful applicants will learn the fundamentals of screenwriting shorts and feature films, including how to work on character, structure and theme and the particularities of writing screen narratives.

Those selected to take part in Convergence will finish the programme with a short film screenplay and a feature film treatment ideally positioned to apply to Short Circuit’s Sharp Shorts and First Features funds.

Who will deliver Convergence?

Convergence will be delivered by Short Circuit with script consultant and screenwriter David Pope, who has worked with Academy and BAFTA nominated producers and screenwriters. His recent work includes consulting for the Rawi Screenwriting Lab for Royal Film Commission Jordan, Cannes Cinefondation, BFI, Irish Film Board and the British Council, among many others. He annually consults for the Rotterdam Lab IFFRPro and is a co-founder of Stowe Story Labs in the US.

Who can apply?

Submissions are invited from Scotland-based professional writers, filmmakers and creative practitioners from other mediums who are interested in moving into writing for screen.

Applicants must have had work professionally published, performed or produced but will not yet have a short film or feature writing credit.

To apply you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be based in Scotland
  • Not be in full-time education
  • Be available for three full-weekend workshops in January and February 2022, and additional 1-2-1 sessions between January and March 2022

There is no cost to participate in the programme and if you have personal access needs that will incur a cost during the period you are taking part in the programme, you can include these costs as part of your application.

Guidelines: https://shortcircuit.scot/convergence-application-guidelines/
Application form: https://shortcircuit.scot/convergence-application-form/

For further information, please contact applications@shortcircuit.scot, or visit https://shortcircuit.scot/convergence/.

The deadline is Sunday 12 December 2021 at 23:59.

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