December 2009

Former PG Certificate in Screenwriting student Kirstie Swain was one of the short-listees of the recent BBC Scotland Writes competition. She will now attend Masterclasses and Networking events with BBC Scotland drama department in Glasgow. The script that Kirstie wrote while on the course was picked up and is in development with an independent production company. Congratulations Kirstie!

Congratulations to Alistair Rutherford MA Screenwriting 07 was recently commissioned by the BBC to write a new radio play. The play is called HAPPY NEW YEAR and will be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday 31st December at 11.30 am. It will also be available on the BBC iPlayer for the following 7 days.



ENGAGE, the training and development initiative for writers, directors and producers led by the Edinburgh Skillset Screen and Media Academy in association with the National Film School at IADT, Ireland, the Baltic Film and Media School and the Institute of Art and Design Helsinki has been granted MEDIA funding for a third year running.

We will be recruiting 24 enthusiastic European filmmakers to embark on the ENGAGE journey:
4 European cities
15 days
1 unique opportunity to grow

o your project development skills
o your understanding of international co-production
o your knowledge of European audiovisual market trends
o your network of potential collaborators
If you are interested in applying please visit

On Dec 4th renowned Scottish writer/producer Allan Shiach was at Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy at Edinburgh Napier University to deliver his talk entitled MAKING MOVIES – A FOOL’S GUIDE to a full house of students, staff and members of the public. The talk was followed by an hour long QA session with the audience.

 Allan Shiach has written over twenty screenplays, including the classic Don’t Look Now (1973), starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. His films include a number of Hollywood hits such as The Preacher’s Wife (1996) featuring Denzel Washington, and the critically acclaimed Regeneration.

Movie Mogul- a continuous online film festival-is now live
Movie Mogul is a new website encouraging filmmakers to submit their short films. There will be a monthly finalist whose film will be submitted into the final 12.