JUMPCUT is an intensive film-making program for young people aged 16–25, run by Film City Futures in association with Film City Glasgow and Sigma Films.

It gives participants the opportunity to form a production company and make a professional short film with a budget, developing invaluable hands-on experience in an industry environment.

JUMPCUT Production Company

Each year, around 25 young people aged 16–25 form a production company to make a professional, budgeted short film. We recruit young people who can demonstrate experience in or commitment to different areas within the industry, ranging from electricians and hair and make-up designers to location managers, editors and directors.

The selected crew are placed in defined roles that are directly relevant to their career ambitions and skillsets, enabling them to develop hands-on experience in an industry environment. Under the guidance of professional industry mentors, participants learn about pre-production, production and post-production, and often get the opportunity to undertake production roles that they have never done before.

Each JUMPCUT production is based at Film City Glasgow and supported by Sigma Films staff, as well as specific project staff and industry mentors. In the past, participants have had the chance to learn from Brian Coffey (Producer, Starred Up), Paddy Higson (Producer, The Magdalene Sisters), Zam Salin (Director, Up There), Grant Cameron (Producer, Orphans), Colin Monie (Editor, Shetland), Dave Arthur (Editor, God Help the Girl) and Susan Clark (1st Assistant Director, BBC Drama).

JUMPCUT Graduates

In previous years, JUMPCUT graduates have gone on to various opportunities in the screen industry, including paid BBC traineeships, BFI Film Academy programmes, short film commissions and roles with production companies. Graduates from JUMPCUT 2016 have already moved into roles on productions including OutlanderJonathan Creek and Hush.

“We are very proud of JUMPCUT.  It has been designed to answer specific industry needs and is the only project of its kind that gives newcomers an intensive, mentor-led, fast track into the industry while receiving full exposure to every aspect of the film-making process in a professional, industrial environment. The results to date have been phenomenal, with over 70% of previous graduates going straight into the industry.”

Gillian Berrie, Director of Sigma Films and Film City Glasgow

Who Can Get Involved?

JUMPCUT accepts applications from young people from diverse backgrounds, who can demonstrate a passion for film and television and commitment to working hard. Designed to reduce barriers to entering the industry, participants are not required to have a great deal of experience, but must be able to demonstrate an interest in film and filmmaking as a potential career.

The initiative is delivered with the support of Creative Scotland’s Screen Sector Skills Fund and there is no fee for taking part. Financial support may be available for those requiring support with expenses, including travel, accommodation and childcare.

“The skills development and training opportunities offered by this inspiring initiative are essential to the development of screen talent that is reflective of Scotland’s diverse culture. This and the wider work supported by the Screen Skills Fund underlines our commitment to developing skills and nurturing talent to ensure the future success of the sector.”

Natalie Usher, Director of Screen at Creative Scotland

For more information about getting involved in future JUMPCUT programs, contact us at hello@filmcityfutures.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

JUMPCUT Productions

2016: Misgivings

Misgivings Still JUMPCUT 2016

The 2016 JUMPCUT programme produced the short film, Misgivings, a trippy comedy drama that explores self-discovery and mental health. It is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world. It won the World Cinema Short Narrative Award at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival in Los Angeles, where it premiered in August 2016.

Read more about JUMPCUT 2016

2014: Dropping Off Michael


The 2014 JUMPCUT production, Dropping off Michael, has gone onto receive a host of accolades, including winning the Audience Award at the 2015 Glasgow Short Film Festival and a nomination at the 2015 BAFTA New Talent Awards. It was also shortlisted for a BAFTA Scotland Best Short Film award and selected for the 2016 London Short Film Festival.

Watch Dropping Off Michael and read more about JUMPCUT 2014

2013: Good Souls

Good Souls Production JUMPCUT 2013

The first JUMPCUT production company took place in 2013. It produced the short film, Good Souls, which received its premiere in the Short Film Program at Go North Festival and was given a public screening at Glasgow Film Theatre.

Watch Good Souls and read more about JUMPCUT 2013