Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Script Starter Programme

Script Starter is a new screenwriting programme for under-represented writers from across Scotland, who are in the early stages of their careers and have an interest in working in film, but have not yet had the opportunity or the means to develop their skills.

Script Starter will work with up to 8 writers who are either new to screenwriting or who haven’t received previous funding for a film and who already have an idea for a story that they would like to work on. Those selected will be supported in the development of their ideas into either a short film script or a feature film treatment.

The programme is seeking applications from the following under-represented groups:

  • Those from low-income/socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Black, Asian, mixed heritage and ethnic minority applicants
  • Those from refugee and/or migrant backgrounds
  • Disabled or D/deaf applicants
  • LGBTQIA+ applicants
  • Rurally excluded people
  • Care-experienced applicants and current carers

The scheme is committed to a minimum of 50% of selected applicants identifying as women.


Script Starter will take place across seven workshops, starting in August 2021 and running to February 2022. The monthly sessions will feature guest speakers. The programme will be flexible to ensure that any delivery timelines and workshop content are accessible and manageable for all participants. Workshops will focus on areas ranging from character development, to presenting with confidence.

Script Starter will further a clearer understanding of the writers’ own creative voice and participants will finish the programme with a clear idea of the story that they want to tell and the options available to them, enabling them to move forward in the industry.


  • Read their Application Guidelines in full
  • Complete their online Application Form
  • Submit an Equal Opportunities Form

DEADLINE: The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday the 7th of July.

Find out more about the Script Starter programme and apply now.


Deadline: 7 July 2021

Source: BBC Writersroom

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