In association with Screen Academy Scotland, Creative Media Network Scotland and Cinetopia, Short Com is delighted to be running a series of master classes and talks at the Screen Academy Scotland Merchiston Avenue campus on Thursday the 15th of August from 11:00-16:00

BAFTA nominee director Ben Mallaby and Short Com award winner will be presenting a masterclass in comedy film directing. Sharing his experiences, knowledge and tips on how to make your short as funny as it can possibly be.

BAFTA award winner Morag McKinnon is an experienced and lauded director based in Edinburgh, who directed the BAFTA award winning short Home, as well as her debut feature Donkeys and documentary I Am Still Breathing. We will be in conversation with her about her career to date.

Stuart Laws will be talking about how he and his school friend set up their production company Turtle Canyon based in Pinewood Studios. Stuart is a prolific filmmaker and has worked and continues to work with talented actors and comedians such as Ed Gamble, Julia Davis and James Acaster, whom he directed and produced his Netflix stand up specials.

We will also have industry speakers talking about relevant opportunities for talent and how to take your next steps in your career.

The day is aimed at emerging talent who want to make a career in comedy filmmaking whether they are a director, writer, actor or producer. With the further aim of like minded people meeting others that might lead to collaboration.

There are a select number of seats available for the day. To initially state your interest, please email to Chris at with a short bio about yourself, your career aims and any work you have done to date whether it be filmmaking, writing, performing or acting.

The event is open to everyone based outside of London. Part of the goal of Short Com is to encourage filmmaking and storytelling from outside of London, that is already well served for production and opportunities. There will be a fee of £30 for the event, or £25 if you sign up to Cinetopia.

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The deadline is Sunday 28 July 2019 at 17:25.