Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Clasroom, via Zoom 

This course is for producers, script editors, writers, and people with ideas for making feature films or television drama. The course explores how best to develop drama proposals, script outlines, or un-commissioned scripts and to target/pitch these to potential financiers, sales agents and distributors.

This course will make you think realistically about your ideas and give you a framework for going forward. If you’ve been struggling on your own, it will give you invaluable feedback, suggestions and ways of packaging your ideas.

The course covers:

  • The role of the producer
  • How to develop a story
  • Options and contracts
  • How to look for finance

In order to get the most from this course, please come with a couple of your own ideas that you can work on throughout the 2 days.

This course is led by NFTS's own Peter Ansorge (Ex-commissioning Editor and Head of Channel 4 Drama) whose award-winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn.

Previous course participants said: 

'Hugely insightful comments that developed my pitch - and project - in a positive way.'
'Peter's knowledge and experience was so valuable and he was generous in sharing both.'
'It was invaluable to get feedback from someone who was working at such a high level in industry and was honest and tactful in his approach, feedback and insight.'

 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £300
Corporate Rate: £495

Online rates are valid until end of August 2020

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

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 application should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 3rd August 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 scotland@nfts.co.uk at the same time as making your course application.  

 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your CV as part of the process. 

Begin your application