Professional Development Fund

Support provided by Screen Scotland

What does this involve?

The development of Scotland’s screen workforce is essential to meet the industry’s growth and to increase its diversity. This fund provides support for individuals working in film and television to access training, mentoring and other professional development activity, nationally and internationally.

Priority will be given to:

  • Development in areas of skills shortages
  • Applicants under-represented in the screen industries

This programme is intended to support applicants who have demonstrably embarked on a career in the screen sector in Scotland. Funding can be applied for at any stage of your career. The proposed activity should enhance your learning and professional practice, develop your career and professional opportunities, and benefit the wider screen sector in Scotland.

The following activities (note that this is a guide and not restrictive) could be eligible for awards between £250 and £5,000:

  • A structured training programme of relevant creative or technical skills development
  • Screen-related business skills development (for example, film financing or IP rights)
  • Participation in talent labs
  • Mentoring, shadowing and work-based learning

Other types of development activity will be considered, including those which accommodate particular access needs.

Am I eligible?

Applications are welcome from individuals, primarily freelancers, who live in Scotland and work within the Scottish film and TV sector.

Applications from individuals working in small and growing screen businesses may be considered if a strong case for public funding is made, and there is a cash contribution from your employer to the budget.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Individuals, primarily freelancers, who live in Scotland and work within the Scottish film and TV sector.

How long does this take?

Up to 6 weeks.

Next steps

Visit the Screen Scotland website to read application guidelines and complete an application form.

Support provided by Screen Scotland

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