Film City Futures Bootcamp Open For Entry


FOCUS Bootcamp will take place in the Boardroom at Film City Glasgow, on three consecutive Fridays: 17th, 24th and 31st January 2020, from 1oam to 4.45pm. Applicants must be able to commit to attending all three days in full, although a limited number of virtual seats will be available to those who can’t reach Film City.

Each day will include in-depth training sessions in particular areas of business management. If you’re selected to take part you will complete a Bootcamp booklet as you work through the course, which will allow you to create notes on your evolving company growth strategy, and highlight areas of business need. There will also be visits from key organisations that can help your growing company, such as Business Gateway, Screen Scotland, Pact, Triodos, Cosmic Cat, BBC and Channel 4, as well as conversational sessions with successful Scotland-based production companies who can help explain how to put the day’s training into action.

Throughout the day there will be breaks for networking and consolidating, and for completing the booklet, and the final day will end with celebratory drink with your new peer group.



On day 1 you will start thinking strategically about your business. How will you grow and lead your team, and how do you structure your company to allow for the flexibility you will need as it expands? This session will give an overview of the current market, including broadcast, film and SVODs. You will also examine planning, strategy and company structures - including SPVs - and look at leadership styles and strategic planning.

Training will be delivered by Jen Topping, and you will also meet with Business Gateway, Pact, and Alan Clements, Managing Director at Two Rivers Media.


Day 2 is all about the money, covering key issues such as tax, accounting, and investment. How do you set up systems for managing your cashflow and keeping track of all your finances? How does a co-production deal work financially, and how can you set about montetising your IP?

Training will be delivered by Mike Kelly, and there will also be a session on debt finance from Triodos, as well as a session exploring funding opportunities with Screen Scotland.


The Bootcamp concludes with a focus on mastering the TV and SVOD market, establishing a development process, pitching to commissioners, working the film markets, working with agents, and navigating the FAANGs. This session will help you to get that commission or sell that film!

Training will be delivered by Clare Thompson, and there will also be meetings with Louise Thornton from BBC Scotland, Ged Fitzsimmons from Cosmic Cat, and Karen Kelly from Channel 4.


Bootcamp graduates will become part of the wider FOCUS alumni, gaining priority booking for FOCUS events and access to our exclusive online portal.

Bootcamp alumni will become eligible to apply for the final consultancy funding release in February 2020, along with the Pilot cohort and the MG ALBA alumni. Following the Bootcamp, the FOCUS Business Development Manager will meet with each participant to discuss the actions highlighted in their booklet, and advise on next steps. This will include some guidance to support any applications for consultancy.


The total cost of the Bootcamp is £180 (excluding VAT).

If your application is accepted, you will be invoiced in full prior to the course start date. All invoices must be settled before the course starts.


To apply to FOCUS Bootcamp companies should:

• Be based in Scotland
• Be a screen sector company producing film, TV or animation content for broadcast or distribution
• Have no access to expert business development support in house or through a parent company
• Be willing to take part in monitoring and evaluation work
• Be in a position to accept de minimus aid
• Be a micro-business or sole trader
• Be able to commit to attending all three days of Bootcamp

Priority will be given to companies who have not previously received support through the FOCUS pilot and MG ALBA programmes.

From all of the eligible applications received, your application will be assessed against the following selection criteria:


• Commitment to growth and change
• Ability to benefit from business development support
• Appropriate ambition 


Up to 10 participants will be accepted, and up to 5 of these may be virtual seats. Virtual seats are intended for companies who are able to commit to the three Bootcamp days, but are not able to attend in person. Companies accepted for a virtual seat will participate via live stream on YouTube throughout the day, and will be able to contribute via chat functions during the sessions.

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