NFTS Scotland: Line Producing for Film Online

Short course


This course is delivered in partnership with NFTS Leeds & NFTS Cymru Wales

This 2-day course aims to help you understand what the role encompasses and how in general to go about producing a feature film - from finding a script and potential funders, to managing a production through to final delivery and release.

The course covers: 

  • Structure of the film industry including information on all crew roles and facilities required
  • General film finance including where a film gets financed and how a film
  • Refunds its investors using Sales Agents, Distributors and exhibitors and collection agents.
  • The important areas of the role of the Line Producer
  • Producer responsibilities both fiscal, financial and personnel
  • Overview of Final Draft software for scripts
  • Overview of Movie Magic Scheduling
  • Overview of Movie Magic Budgeting
  • How and who to cost report to
  • Film production insurance both general and E&O.
  • An introduction to finance plans and understanding “HARD” and “SOFT” Money
  • Brief outline to the more usual film industry financing routes
  • Introduction to various Unions and applying contracting including SAG; DGA; Equity; BECT and PACT
  • Information on current fringes including NHI; pension and training levies.
  • A completion bond, what is it and who is it for and how we get one
  • Casting and working with Casting Directors and agents and use of CAN’s
  • Dealing with some of the main hurdles of producing including shortage of finance for development and pre production
  • Going through pre-production and understanding the process and same for production and post production.

This is an informal but structured course, which includes exercises designed to improve skills and increase confidence 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £350
Corporate Rate: £675


Bursaries are available for those who are eligible. 


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

To secure a place on the next dates for this course, please complete the application form. You will be required to submit a CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a succesful application assumes acceptance of these. 

Begin your application