Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed via Zoom

Do you have a feature script that you’d like to turn into a film?

Do you want to learn from a filmmaker who has a track record of three ultra low-budget feature films that have all been released in the cinema?

This course is aimed at directors who want to make a micro-budget feature and get it shown in the cinema.   

This course concentrates on the most important things that need to be in place before going out to shoot your film: from getting the script right, to dealing with agents to deciding on a look, from the basics of knowing where to put the camera, through to working with a composer, and getting the film out into the world in front of audiences.

To participate in this course, please bring along an idea or project you are working on to develop and share during the course. 

This course is led by Col Spector, an award-winning documentary and feature film director whose credits include 'Honeymooner' (launched at the Edinburgh Film Festival) and 'Someone Else', the Variety Critics Choice at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, widely released in the UK and USA through IFC Films and the Sundance Channel. He wrote and directed the comedy short, 'New Year's Eve' (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival. He is currently developing his latest comedy feature, 'I'm Not in Love'.

Comments from the last course include:
"I learned what could realistically be achieved on a shoestring budget. I learned to challenge myself to create strong and inspirational log lines to get people interested in my films. I gained confidence that I can make my own feature without relying on external funding. I gained a network of like-minded Scottish film/TV professionals."

"I picked up a tremendous amount of drive from the tutor. It's opened up my mind to a lot of stuff I just hadn't considered!"

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £235
Corporate Rate: £445

Online rates are valid until June 2020

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary applications should be submitted to

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 18th May 2020 at 9 am

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.



NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to at the same time as making your course application.  


How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form and submit your CV to