The New Found Films scheme has announced that it will finance two further low-budget Scottish digital features.

The scheme, run by Scottish Screen, Scottish Television and Grampian Television, offers production companies a budget of £300,000 to make a feature that has relevance to Scotland and is capable of international release.

The first feature completed under the scheme was Afterlife, written by Andrea Gibb and directed by Alison Peebles.

The story of a high-flying journalist forced to acknowledge his family responsibilities, it stars Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson and Paula Sage.

Winner of the Audience Award at the 2003 Edinburgh International Film Festival it was subsequently acquired for UK theatrical release by Verve Films. The second film, Blinded, stars Peter Mullan and Jodhi May.

The closing date for applications is February 16, 2004 with completed features expected to premiere at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. The sister scheme New Found Land which finances six thirty-minute dramas will continue in 2004.