NFTS Scotland: The Director's Prep Online

Short course


Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed via Zoom, in partnership with NFTS Cymru Wales and NFTS Leeds 

Having directed film and television for over thirty years, Jonas will explain, simplify and de-mystify the abstract elements of filmmaking - and share a string of his secrets.

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to get involved in filmmaking in any function at any level - including actors 

This course covers:
- What a director is actually there to do (you’ll be surprised!)
- How to approach the script and how to fix it if it doesn’t work 
- How to cast actors
- How to work out a visual style and give you the tools to work out a one-shot solution for any scene 
- How to direct actors and make them give you their best performance by doing virtually nothing

Jonas Grimas is an award winning Swedish writer and director based in London. He won a FAFTA for his short film ‘Artisten’, and was nominated for the same award for ‘Marooned’ - a film set in Glasgow. He has directed around 100 hours of prime-time drama and documentaries, including Silent Witness, Hamish Macbeth, Wallander, Hope and Glory and Heartbeat to name but a few.  He is currently combining his filmmaking with teaching at the London Film School and mentoring at various other schools around the UK and Europe. He has delivered this course in five countries since 2016.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £350
Corporate Rate: £525


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. 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 can pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place, as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.