The Young Writers Project

Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) is delighted to launch The Young Writers Project, a brand new opportunity for young people aged 16 to 25. This project is designed to help industry newcomers develop writing skills and gain film festival knowledge at GSFF24.

Young Writers will receive: 

  • The opportunity to have a 500-800 word piece of writing published on GSFF website. 
  • A workshop on working as a film critic and feedback on the original application from author, critic and editor Katie Goh. Feedback from your application will be provided over this workshop.
  • An industry pass which grants free entry to every element of GSFF: all screenings and events (subject to availability), delegate-only screenings, invite-only events and the online video library.
  • Support in looking for further writing opportunities beyond The Young Writers Project.

We strongly encourage all young writers to attend the Young Scottish Filmmaker Prize screenings after the workshop with Katie Goh. Young Writers are encouraged to write about any element of the festival that feels most relevant to their interests and ambitions to be published on the GSFF website. This could be writing on a specific film, programme strand, or broader piece on the film festival as a whole. 

Application Process

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a 200-300 word review of a recent film or film event.

All applications should be emailed to with ‘Young Writers Application’ in the subject line.

In your application, please also include confirmation of age and availability to attend GSFF on Saturday 23 March 2024.

Application Deadline: Thursday 7 March 2024 at 9am.

About Katie Goh

Katie Goh (she/they) is an author, critic and editor based in Edinburgh. Katie’s writing has been published in the Guardian, Vice, i-D, Empire and Huck amongst others. She has worked as an editor for Extra Teeth, gal-dem and The Skinny, and currently co-hosts the EHFM Culture Show. Katie is the author of The End: Surviving the World Through Imagined Disasters, and she is currently writing her debut memoir Foreign Fruit to be published by Canongate in 2025.

Eligibility for The Young Writers Project

  • Anyone aged 16-25 and based in Scotland is eligible to apply.
  • All young writers must be available Saturday 23 March 2024 for the workshop.

GSFF is committed to equality and accessibility. We treat all applications equally regardless of disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, social background, race and religion. Applicants are not asked for CVs as this opportunity is judged solely on the quality of writing. There is no requirement for previous experience or formal qualifications.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or if there is anything we can do to make this opportunity more accessible to you, please email Frieda at

Photo credits:

GSFF23: YSFP Screening. Photo by Ingrid Mur.

Katie Goh. Photo by Alice Meikle.

GSFF23: Awards Ceremony. Photo by Ingrid Mur.