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Short Film Pitch

This call for entries is now closed.

In partnership with Production Attic and Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus, Glasgow Short Film Festival is delighted to announce the fourth round of our Short Film Pitch. Each year we offer emerging filmmakers the opportunity to pitch for in kind equipment hire and a small cash bursary to experiment and realise their ideas.

We’re looking for fresh, sincere ideas which cross boundaries and experiment with form, narrative or genre. We believe short film is an opportunity to experiment with form and narrative, unfettered by commercial constraints. We celebrate heroic failures - those films with creative ambitions that sometimes outrun their technical abilities.

We're inviting any directors or writer/directors based in Scotland who have not previously received funding for a film project to submit a one-page treatment for a short film. 

We will shortlist the most exciting five treatments. Each project will receive the following:

  • two industry delegate passes to GFF Industry Focus (2-6 March 2020), including participation in a Perfecting Your Pitch session, one-to-one consultation with representatives of GSFF and Production Attic, and a brief from GFF staff on how to make the most of the Industry Focus
  • two industry delegate passes to GSFF (18-22 March 2020), providing free access to the whole festival programme

The five projects will be pitched in an open session on Friday 20 March to a panel of filmmakers and industry experts. The panel will offer full and frank feedback. 

One project will be selected to receive seven consecutive days’ free hire of equipment courtesy of Production Attic, plus a cash bursary courtesy of GFF and GSFF. To see the full list of kit available see Production Attic's rental page

Please submit your one-page treatment + CVs of key team members to by 5pm on Thursday 23 January, with the subject heading Short Film Pitch Submission. The five selected participants will be notified by Tuesday 28 January.

Please note that if selected, you must be available to attend the festival for the whole day on Friday 20 March.

Other team members (producer, etc.) may have previously received funding for a film project.

Production Attic is a creative video production company based in Glasgow with clients across the UK and a slate of short and feature film projects. Based in Glasgow's Digital Media Quarter Production Attic regularly produces content across Scotland, the UK and worldwide.

GFF Industry Focus
returns for a fifth edition from 2 March – 6 March 2020. Featuring unique networking opportunities, topical panel discussions and diverse professional development opportunities, the event is suitable for those at all stages of their career, from students eager to make their first steps into the industry to seasoned professionals wanting to stay fresh on the latest developments and best practices.

The winning pitch in 2017, John McFarlane's Tony and the Bull, premiered at GSFF the following year, where it won the Audience Award in the Scottish competition. In 2018 Jack Goessens’ Bouba & Kiki won the pitch, debuting at GSFF in 2019. Marcus McNair and Lorna King's Exotic won the 2019 pitch; the project is currently in pre-production. 

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