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Screen Scotland - 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 from groups under-represented in the screen industries

This programme is intended to support applicants who can demonstrate they have embarked on a career in the screen sector in Scotland. You can apply for funding 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 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

Note that this list is a guide and is not exhaustive. 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 in the Scottish film and TV sector.

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

What does this cost?

It is free to apply. Your budget must include a minimum of 10% cash or in-kind contributions, from personal or other resources.

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?

Decisions can take up to 6 weeks.

Important information

If your application involves international travel, please check the Scottish Government website for any guidance on the location you are planning to travel to, as well as any guidance issued by that destination. You will need to refer to this in your application and risk plans.

For the avoidance of doubt, government guidance takes precedence over any statement by Screen Scotland.

Next steps

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

Support provided by Screen Scotland