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Short Film Commission

Bookspired Youth Film Festival

Duration: 15th to 21st November 2021
Location: Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway
Commission Value: £2,500

In 2019 we piloted the Bookspired Film Festival which aims to look at the co-dependence of the written word and film, how books, plays, poems, diaries and all other forms of writing influence filmmakers and vice-versa. Unfortunately the pandemic put paid to our plans to launch the main event in 2020, but with support from DG Unlimited’s Together Again Fund and the Holywood Trust we are able to launch the Bookspired Youth Festival this November.

As part of the programme we are looking to commission a short film that will be centred on Wigtown and will be planned, scripted, shot, edited and screened within the festival window starting Monday 15th November, with the film to be screened at the close of the festival on Sunday 21st November.


Commission Information
This commission looks to create a short film to be shot and edited within the Bookspired Youth Film Festival commencing Monday 15th November 2021 and must be ready to screen by 5pm on Sunday 21st November 2021.

The short film must be shot entirely within Wigtown and the Machars during the festival time frame and the theme must reflect the community of this area. The finished film must be at least 10 minutes in duration excluding opening and credits.
In addition to the film creation, you will also be required to participate in two one hour workshops during the film festival that will be aimed at 12 to

20 year olds, to talk about your experience as a filmmaker.


Key Dates
Deadline for Applications: Mon, 27th Sept 2021
Selection and Interview: Tues 28th – Thurs 30th Sept 2021
Film Commission Duration: 15th to 21st Nov 2021


Fee and Budget
The fixed budget available for this project is £2,500. This is to include all artist fees and any associated costs and expenses.


Application Process
To apply please send us:
• A cover letter expressing your interest in the project
• Current CV
• Portfolio containing a maximum 3 relevant projects or past works – please use links to online videos wherever possible for film files.

Please send by email to with a maximum file size of 10MB. You can also email us with any additional questions you have when applying or ask us to contact you in a different way that best suits you.

We will always send an email acknowledging receipt of any applications. If you require specific support when making an application, please let us know.


About Driftwood Cinema
Driftwood Cinema is a not-for-profit, community cinema support organisation operating in the South West of Scotland.

We have been established for eight years and support 21 Community venues screen films as well as providing one-off screening events both indoors and outdoors.


Rights to the finished film
Driftwood Cinema Limited will retain the right to screen the film at any of our network of community venues without further recompense to the filmmaker.
The finished film wil

l be submitted to the Dumfries and Galloway archive where it will be available for anyone to view within library premises without further charge.
The Filmmaker will retain the rights to market the film for exhibition outside of the above established rights for Driftwood Cinema Limited and Dumfri

es and Galloway Council and to receive payment for the screening of the film on this basis.

The filmmaker must ensure that all relevant permissions for filming are obtained, including release forms and that the rights to any music contained in the film render them free from any further payment for exhibition of the film.


Further information
For further information about this opportunity, or to ask us specific questions about this project, please email