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Film City Futures – JUMPCUT 2016

Posted by | 10th February 2016 | Across Scotland, Creative, Creative Skillset, Glasgow City, Uncategorized


Film City Futures is delighted to announce the launch of JUMPCUT 2016: an intensive film-making program for young people aged between 16 and 25 delivered in association with Film City Glasgow and Sigma Films. In April and May of this year around 20 young people will form a production company that will make a professional short film with a budget.

JUMPCUT is looking for applications from young people from diverse backgrounds who can demonstrate a passion for film and television and a commitment to work hard. You don’t have to have a huge amount of experience but we would like to see evidence of your interest in film and film making as a potential career.

The JUMPCUT production will be based at Film City Glasgow and will be supported by Sigma Films staff as well as specific project staff and industry mentors. This opportunity is being delivered with the support of Creative Scotland’s Screen Sector Skills Fund and there is no fee for taking part. A small amount of financial support may be available for those requiring support with expenses such as travel, accommodation or childcare.

Gillian Berrie, Director of Sigma Films and Film City Glasgow said: “We are very proud of JUMPCUT.  It has been designed to answer specific industry needs and is the only project of it’s kind that gives newcomers an intensive, mentor-led, fast track into the industry while receiving full exposure to every aspect of the film-making process in a professional, industrial environment. The results to date have been phenomenal with over 70% of previous graduates going straight into the industry.”

The last JUMPCUT took place in 2014 and involved industry mentors such as Producer, Paddy Higson (Magdalene Sisters) and Director, Zam Salim (Up There). Previous industry mentors have included Grant Cameron (Cinematographer: Orphans; Life on Mars) Colin Monie (Editor: Shetland), Dave Arthur (Editor: God Help the Girl; Swung), Susan Clark (1st Assistant Director: BBC Drama) and many more.  The last JUMPCUT short, Dropping off Michael, has gone on to receive a host of accolades including: Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015 – Audience Award and a BAFTA New Talent Awards 2015 Nomination. It was also shortlisted for a Bafta Scotland Best Short Film award and the 2016 London Short Film Festival.

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland, said:  “The skills development and training opportunities offered by this inspiring initiative are essential to the development of screen talent that is reflective of Scotland’s diverse culture. This and the wider work supported by the Screen Skills Fund underlines our commitment to developing skills and nurturing talent to ensure the future success of the sector.”

Many of the participants from previous JUMPCUT productions have gone on to a variety of great new opportunities in the screen industry such as paid BBC traineeships, selection for BFI Film Academy programs and jobs with production companies. One crew member received his first short film commission and a participant in the 2013 production went on to write the script for Dropping off Michael.

The deadline for applications is 29th February 2016.

A full application pack is available here or contact for further enquiries.

Twitter: @filmcityfutures or @JUMPCUTCREW



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