Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom, accessed 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: £325
Corporate Rate: £495

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 scotland@nfts.co.uk.

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

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates. 

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