Scottish Film Talent Network

Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) offers new and emerging filmmakers significant support for individual film projects and professional development.

SFTN connects with new and emerging Scottish talent – from new entrants through to first-time feature filmmakers by providing tailored support which best suits individual requirements alongside wider funding schemes and short film commissions.

We have a number of specific programmes on offer through SFTN, which are outlined on this site, and we want to talk them through with you to work out a holistic approach to your support and development.

If you have something to say and you want to say it on film, we want to hear from you.

We want you to consider us the first port of call for advice on opportunities that may be available to you.

SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. SFTN represents Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NET.WORK initiative as it connects the UK’s film talent development agencies. The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland and is supported by BFI & Creative Skillset.

This initiative is the first to bring together industry practitioners in film development, production, finance, distribution, exhibition and festivals who will pass on their expertise through comprehensive hands-on development opportunities.

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The Team

Claudia Yusef – currently on maternity leave

claudiayusef-2Claudia is the Talent Development Executive for SFTN and is responsible for seeking out and identifying film talent and projects for development. She has a background in independent production, having worked as Development Executive at 42 Management & Production. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University in New York, where she also assisted Professor James Schamus in teaching undergraduate film theory.

 Caroline Cooper Charles – maternity cover

Headshot CCC Caroline is currently working part time for SFTN covering Claudia Yusef’s feature development responsibilities while she is on maternity leave. Caroline’s 20 year career within the film industry has evolved from running her first production company with acclaimed music video director Dawn Shadforth to her more recent role as Head of Film at Creative England.  Along this journey she has spent time as Head of Creative Development at Warp X, where she was responsible for a diverse slate of low-budget features, managed the UK Film Council’s nationwide short film programme through her company Lifesize Pictures and spent a year as Director of the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.  Alongside her various positions Caroline has continued her own producing career, most recently with The Incident, the debut feature from writer/director Jane Linfoot which released in UK cinemas in November 2016.

Arlen Barke

arlenbarke-2Arlen is responsible for co-ordinating SFTN and provides administrative support to the Talent Development Executive and management team. Having studied psychoanalysis of film at university and previously worked at Edinburgh International Film Festival, Creative Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh on a range of different projects, Arlen is experienced in arts administration and project management and passionate about film.

 Management & Funders
Centre for the Moving Image
Hopscotch Films
Creative Scotland

All commissioning decisions will be made by the SFTN Management Group. The panel is made up of Carolynne Sinclair Kidd (Hopscotch Films), Claudia Yusef (SFTN), Holly Daniel (CMI), Paul Welsh (DigiCult) and Ross MacKenzie (Creative Scotland)

Holly Daniel

hollydaniel-2Holly is responsible for the design and delivery of all talent development and industry activity at Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Centre for the Moving Image. Following six years in television documentary, sport and commercials production, Holly moved into film and professional development at Moonstone International Screen Labs, joining EIFF in 2008. Initiatives introduced since then include the EIFF Talent Lab, EIFF Network with story editor Kate Leys, the Composers Lab and the Animation Lab.

Paul Welsh

Paul WelshPaul is a producer and founder of DigiCult, an independent production company based in Glasgow with a strong reputation for developing new and emerging filmmaking talent. In 2010, Paul’s debut feature SKELETONS, directed by Nick Whitfield, won the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature (EIFF) and was BAFTA and BIFA nominated for Outstanding Debut Feature and Outstanding Achievement in Production respectively. Paul has subsequently developed and produced many award-winning films, including LORE, directed by Cate Shortland, which won numerous awards and was Australia’s nominee for Foreign Language Oscar in 2013. Alongside the Scottish Film Talent Network, Paul continues to develop independent fiction and documentary projects with support from Creative Scotland and the BFI. His next feature THE CREATOR will shoot in 2015.


Carolynne Sinclair Kidd

carolynne-sk-3Carolynne has worked in film and television for over 20 years, producing numerous award-winning short films, television drama series and features, championing talented new writers and directors every step of the way. She recently completed production on GASPING, comedy writer and performer Greg Hemphill’s first short film as director, and is now working on a feature length project with him. She is developing a slate of feature films with Hopscotch Films, all with first time feature directors with whom she has made successful short films. She is passionate about discovering and nurturing new talent and is excited to be working with the Scottish Film Talent Network to support Scotland’s new and emerging filmmakers.