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I want to make a short film

Download New Films New Talent. The Best of Scottish Shorts 2008.

Where do I begin?

There are a number of initiatives and organisations that provide training and support for both new and established Scottish filmmakers. Some provide short and part-time courses, others provide full-time degree level training. Here is just a sample of some of the training on offer in Scotland.

The BFI Media and Multimedia Courses Directory and the Skillset Media Courses Directory, which can be accessed through their websites, gives details of all the courses available throughout the UK.

Scottish Digital Shorts
Scotland's short filmmaking project.


Provides affordable and accessible training.

Pilton Video

Edinburgh's hub for digital filmmaking, providing access to equipment, training and production initiatives.

Screen Academy Scotland
Provides practice-led, industry focused education and training in film, documentary, screenwriting, animation and interactive entertainment. Degree level and short courses available.

Scottish Students on Screen
An annual screen festival that provides students access to a programme of sessions, workshops and demonstrations with industry professionals.

First Light Movies
Funds and inspires film projects with five to 18-year-olds throughout the UK.

Provides bursaries and grants for professionals to attend courses across the audio visual sector.

Provides degree level training in film and television arts.

eca (Edinburgh College of Art)
Provides degree level training in film arts.

Napier School of Creative Industries

Provides degree level training in film and photography.
University of Dundee
The School of Media Arts & Imaging offers a BA/BA (Hons) programme portfolio that includes pathways in animation, illustration and time based art.

University filmmaking societies

Many universities have dedicated groups who are passionate about making films - a great way to get hands on experience.

Do it off your own back!
Nothing teaches you quicker than hands-on experience so get out there and get shooting!

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