This interview is about encouraging filmmakers to think bigger, think like professional filmmakers, and (heaven forbid) collaborate! In it you’ll hear about the SFTN, about Claudia’s role as Talent Development Executive and about the broader functions of this early-stage training. And then there’s the Shorts initiative, itself. Honestly, do as I say: listen to the podcast, then visit this link, complete the online form and then submit and wait to see what comes back.
I Am Do Filmmaker creaks back into life with this last minute interview about funding – just 5 days before the closing date of the Scottish Shorts 2016 initiative. If you’re a filmmaker (writer, producer, director, cinematographer, all-four) and you do one thing today, make sure you submit an application. Follow this link to the page on the SFTN site.
The Scottish Film Talent Network now administers ALL the funding for early stage filmmakers in Scotland. Many of you out there will remember Creative Scotland, Scottish Screen and a bunch of other similarly hopeful sounding organisations…many of which played one role or another in distributing funds and favour to filmmakers.
Well, the SFTN has just got one year of funding distribution under its belt and the previous recipients of funding, that is those in the Scottish Shorts 2015, have just recently completed their project delivery. I should try and get a couple of those teams on this podcast – that would be interesting to hear about their experience of SFTN at first hand.
A couple of times Claudia mentioned Carolynne Sinclair Kidd in her description of the industry support found in the Scottish Shorts initiative. Carolynne is a dram producer with Hopscotch Films, one of a group of companies/bodies that make up the SFTN.
And what of the Scottish Film Talent Network? Their website says:
SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. SFTN represents Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NET.WORK initiative as it connects the UK’s film talent development agencies. The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland and is supported by BFI & Creative Skillset.
Good luck to anyone who applies. And to all those who listen to this podcast, I hope to be back very soon with some fun filmmaking chat on the lower rungs of the career ladder.