Screen Scotland mentors

Source: Screen File / Sigma / Screen Scotland

[Clockwise L-R]: Lizzie Francke, Isabel Davis, Gillian Berrie

Applications for Rising Stars Scotland, a new initiative to identify and promote the next generation of Scottish film talent to the international industry, will close on Monday 13 June.

Screen International, with almost two decades of finding the world’s top creative film talent in the UK & Ireland Stars of Tomorrow, has partnered with Screen Scotland and will select ten up-and-coming film actors, directors, producers and writers who are on the cusp of their first major professional breakthrough. Chosen Stars will either be originally from or currently living in Scotland.

To apply please use this Google Form. Submissions will close on June 13, 2022.

Scotland is witnessing a wave of exceptional emerging talent, including a range of distinctive and diverse voices, and the initiative will both celebrate them and put them on a stronger international footing.

Each Rising Star will be matched with an industry mentor who can help move them on their next career stage.

The film sector’s community of established talent, including Gillian Berrie, co-founder and editor at Sigma Films, Lizzie Francke, Editor at Large at BFI Film Fund, and Dan MacRae, SVP of production and development at Studiocanal, have already volunteered to work with the selected participants to help capitalise on their progress in the film industry so far. Screen Scotland will work with the participants to offer a bespoke package of professional development over the following 12 months. Support offered will focus on connecting talent to key decision-makers and influencers to elevate their international profile and progress career objectives. 

The selection will be made by Screen’s chief film critic and reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan, who has overseen the trade publication’s UK talent selection for the last 12 years. She can be contacted at

The selection of the inaugural Rising Stars Scotland will be announced in Screen International during the 2022 Edinburgh Film Festival – the first fully live edition since 2019 and artistic director Kristy Matheson’s first year at the helm. Any applicant will need to submit a brief bio, headshot, contact details, an explanation of eligibility to be a Rising Star Scotland and an outline of their professional development objectives.

Although there is no upper or lower age limit, Rising Star applicants should be at an early stage in their film career, demonstrate exceptional promise and be ready to progress to the next level. Submissions should indicate how this recognition might help them advance.