NFTS Scotland: Script Analysis & The Magic of Feedback

Short course


Delivered online in partnership with NFTS Leeds and NFTS Cymru Wales 

This course takes place on five Saturday mornings: 30th July, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August 

How does a screenplay actually improve on the way to becoming a film? This five-part course examines the intricacies of script analysis — as well as the power of critical yet generous feedback — on the journey from script to screen.

Using real world examples, writing & feedback exercises, and outside industry guests, the course aims to enhance the working relationships between writers, directors, producers, and those closest to them in the creative process.

This course covers:

- Tools to analyze screenplays in progress;
- Detecting & resolving weaknesses/pitfalls in story and vision;
- Training in the art of giving feedback;
- Translating a screenplay to the right kind of physical production;
- Finding & creating opportunities to enhance both the creative vision and the physical production;
- Enhancing creative collaboration;
- Different styles of screenwriting — and producing!

This course is aimed at writers, directors, producers, script editors/supervisors, assistant directors, and any and all with some screenwriting, pre-production and/or on-set experience.

The course is led by Jordi Wijnalda who is a filmmaker, festival programmer, and film teacher. He has shaped and contributed to talent development programs at International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands Film Festival, and the Binger Filmlab. Next to his own forays into fiction filmmaking, he has taught all aspects of film at the American University in Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and Columbia University in New York City. Jordi continues to work closely with filmmakers in France, the US, Turkey, and The Netherlands.

Industry guests speakers will be brought into the class at various points during the course   

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £775
Corporate Rate: £1250


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: Book Now

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. 

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