The Young Films Foundation is a talent development scheme that aims to find and aid a new generation of Scottish screenwriting talent, to connect them with key players in the UK film & TV industry as mentors, inspiring experts and commissioners.

In 2018 and 2019 the Foundation conducted the Storytellers’ Lab, a week-long intensive residency for six new Scottish Film & TV screenwriters at our base on the Isle of Skye. The residency was supported by some of the UK’s most eminent industry mentors in the screen industries – through one-to-one mentoring, classroom discussions, tailored masterclasses and the chance to film scenes in a studio with actors and an experienced director mentor.


In 2021 YFF took its Residency to the next level. It offered seven new screenwriters the opportunity to write a TV drama, comedy or feature film script commissioned by one of seven broadcasters over a year long programme from June 2021 to July 2022.

They were mentored throughout the programme by a leading industry professional who supported them through the script commissioning process. Between June 2021 and May 2022 they worked with this commissioner as well as participating in online monthly masterclasses and writing sessions with inspiring experts for a period of eleven months.

The programme culminated in a week-long residency in Skye in  June 2022. Here, armed with a first draft script, participants met their commissioner and mentor in person as well as other experienced Film and TV writers, directors and producers. Over a week, their scripts were discussed, interrogated and transformed.

Dynamic group sessions, with actors and an experienced director, were run in the studio to help the writers understand how their projects fit into the wider production process with practical acting, directing and editing workshops

The evenings consist of networking opportunities, film screenings and project work. We offered mentors and participants the exceptional hospitality Skye has to offer, not least as guests of the Torabhaig Distillery.


With our third edition of the residency, it is the first year that major broadcasters in the UK contributed a script commission fee to each of our participants, allowing the writer to experience a 360° commissioning journey.





Script Fee – contributed by the Broadcasters to Participants


Online monthly mentoring with leading industry professional and bespoke online masterclasses with Inspiring Experts (June 2021 – April 2022)


Week-long residency in Isle of Skye in June 2022 – for classes and networking with Mentors, Inspiring Experts & Commissioners


Delivery of first draft revised scripts to Broadcasters in July 2022

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Chris Young


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Beth Willis


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Kirsty Beaton



We work alongside and with some of the most prestigious broadcasters, producers, writers, directors, editors, composers, and actors in the UK and European Film and TV industry


To see a full list of our mentors and experts and their credits please click here


We work alongside and with some of the most distinguished and esteemed local enterprises and businesses, in and around Skye and Lochalsh


To see a full list of our partners and supporters please click here



19 April 2021

Application Deadline

May 2021

Participants Chosen

June 2021

Mentoring Begins, Monthly Online Zoom Workshops

 June 2022

Skye Residency

July 2022

Commissioned scripts delivered to broadcasters

It’s the best thing I have ever been on because it’s like you’re in this wonderful bubble where you’re sitting next to influential, driven, intelligent, funny, generous people that you would never get the chance to meet otherwise.


Ali Taylor, YFF19 Participant