YFF20 Storytellers’ Lab is now postponed until May 2021 due to on-going Covid-19 Pandemic

Young Films Foundation 2020

Storyteller's Lab

The Young Films Foundation is about offering new writers in Scotland the opportunity to connect with and be mentored by some of the key players in the UK film & TV industry.

Writers and mentors gather at our base on the Isle of Skye for an intensive week of creative development with the aim of progressing their TV and Film ideas and careers.

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


The Young Films Foundation launched as a pilot in late 2017 welcoming its first 6 participants to Skye in May 2018.

Created by Young Films and supported by Film4, Channel 4, BBC Films, BBC Scotland, BFI, MG Alba, Screen Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Torabhaig Distillery.

How to apply

We will accept ideas for Feature, TV drama and Comedy submitted in English or Gaelic. 

There will be at least one dedicated place for a Gaelic project on the residency. 

Applicants must

Be over 18

Reside in Scotland


Not be in full time education


Not have more than one producing, directing or writing credit on a broadcast TV project or distributed feature


Short films are fine

Applications will be accepted in English & Gaelic.

Previous applicants can re-apply with a new project.


Please read the guidelines and contact us if you have any questions


Then what?


Applications are read and evaluated by Young Films, Film4, BBC Films, Screen Scotland and BFI development teams.


Submissions are evaluated against the following criteria:

Is it an original project? Is the story clear and succinct?


Does the project have a clear audience?


Has the applicants work received significant recognition in the Film & TV industry in Scotland?


Will Young Films Foundation's support offer strong potential for significant project progression?

Important dates for the diary

Revised dates to be confirmed.

Feedback can only be provided to those selected for interview. This will be provided after the interview.


Once selected participants will receive initial guidance and an outline of the preparation required for the residency. 

Participants will spend their first day on Skye pitching their projects to the room. This will involve them delivering a 5-10 minute pitch and then receiving critical feedback.

On arrival in Skye, participants will work closely with their mentors to help them progress their projects creatively. 

We will run dynamic group sessions in the studio and edit to help them understand how their projects will fit into the wider production process with practical acting, directing and editing workshops. 

The evenings will consist of networking opportunities, film screenings and project work. We plan to offer mentors and participants the exceptional hospitality Skye has to offer.

After all that

Before leaving Skye we will sit down with each participant and plan their next move and help them to realise it.


Young Films Foundation Alumni will always be able to come to the foundation for assistance/guidance, effectively becoming part of the Young Films family.

Our Office

Young Films | Young Films Foundation

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Isle of Skye

IV44 8RQ
Scotland, UK

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