The Creative Media Network Scotland is a collaboration of Scotland’s colleges and universities which marks “new beginnings” in the relationship between creative media industries operating in film, broadcast and digital media and Scotland’s colleges and universities. The network offers a learning and skills infrastructure and aims to ensure there is a continuing talent pipeline into Scotland’s screen, broadcast and digital industry.


Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament launches nation-wide competition for young film makers to mark 20 years of Holyrood.

Take Part

On Burn's Night, 25th January, a brand new film making competition was launched by the Scottish Parliament and Creative Media Network. Student film-makers are invited to enter the nation-wide competition to produce a short film on the impact the Scottish Parliament has had in their area.  

The Parliament is looking for students and modern apprentices to submit one-minute films on the impact Holyrood and devolved governance has had over the last 20 years across all regions and communities in Scotland.

The competition forms part of the Parliament’s 20th anniversary plans and is aimed at students and modern apprentices in colleges and universities across the country whose courses focus on the creative industries.

Each institution will select a maximum of five pitches for consideration by the selection panel. Thirty of the most promising proposals will be shortlisted. Students will then be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of leading industry figures. The 20 winners will then be supported by their institutions to produce their final film.

The films will be shown during events on Saturday 29th June at the Parliament, which is almost 20 years to the day since Holyrood assumed its legal powers. This event will see the Parliament open its doors to the public.

“This competition is all about encouraging students to think about the impact the Parliament has had over the past 20 years, not only to their own lives but in their local area.

 “For MSPs at Holyrood, it holds out the prospect of new insights and perspectives on the way our Parliament has helped shape Scotland over two decades and hopefully how we learn from that too.  For the students, it is an opportunity to work with some of the best film makers in the industry and to have their documentaries screened in the unique setting of the Scottish Parliament.

 “Young people are at the heart of the Parliament’s 20th anniversary programme and I look forward to seeing the winning films coming from the next generation of creative talent in Scotland.”

- Presiding Officer, the Rt. Hon. Ken Macintosh MSP

“One of the key objectives of Creative Media Network Scotland is to find opportunities and events where the students from each of our educational establishments can develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. This competition being delivered in partnership with The Scottish Parliament is an excellent example of how the Network can reach out to a range of many Colleges and Universities and develop a truly national participation base for this exciting initiative.”

D-I Brown, Chair of Creative Media Network Scotland and Lead Project Manager, BBC Scotland 

“The initiative is a fantastic chance for students to gain valuable experience and the opportunity to screen their films, showcasing their creative flair in front of senior industry representatives. I wish students all the very best for the competition and I’m confident we will enjoy some wonderful short films commemorating 20 years of Holyrood.”   

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of Scotland 

How to Take Part:

All publicly funded colleges and universities across Scotland who currently teach courses in the creative industries will be invited to take part in this competition.

Students interested should contact their course tutor who will receive information about how to take part from Creative Media Network Scotland. Any college tutor who has not received information but would like to take part should contact competition@creativemedianetwork.org.


25th April 2018

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, GLASGOW

The festival featured a variety of workshops and master classes across the different platforms led by leading industry figures, including the chance to work with professional drama producers in the Drama Bootcamp.

With speakers, panelists and presenters from BBC Scotland, The Royal Television Society, Nation Radio, Paisley FM, Wave FM, Earshot and many more companies, this festival was a fantastic opportunity to learn from the industry leaders who know how important your development is to the future of broadcasting.

The festival programme covered television and radio production, social media delivery and the development of new talent. Highlights included:


Louise Thornton shared her vision for BBC Scotland's digital platforms and talked about commissioning briefs you can get involved with immediately.


Steve Martin recorded an episode of his industry influencing podcast Earshot, giving his essential radio production tips.


Members of the RTS held a session on breaking down the walls and opening doors for those that want to make their first steps into television production.


Rab Florence, perhaps best known for his sketch show Burniston, continued his support for emerging talent and gave a talk explaining why he wants to "destroy everything".


Welcome and introduction (Julia Sutherland)

1015 - All about Digital and Social Media

Louise Thornton Commissioning Executive - Digital, Social & Youth will be talking about commissioning for BBC Scotland's digital platforms, how they plan to discover and grow talent across these platforms and the new BBC Scotland channel (once it's signed off by OFCOM). Louise will also talk about the new talent documentary slot she is commissioning and the types of ideas she is interested in along with the best way to pitch for this.

1115 - In Conversation with Paul McGuigan

Film and Television director Paul McGuigan will be in conversation about his work with producer and presenter, Julia Sutherland, talking about his career from 'The Acid House' to 'Designated Survivor'. 

1215 - Lunch

1315 - Getting Started in TV

Television is a difficult industry to break into. Whether you hope to be a presenter or a costume designer, a gaffer or a news reporter, every role is highly competitive. 

The Royal Television Society is committed to helping new talent develop and some of the nominees for this year's RTS Scotland Awards will share their experience and offer their advice on how top make these all important first steps into our industry. 

Presenter: James Wilson (Chair of the RTS Scotland Student TV Awards)

Panellists: Kevin McCrae - Playdead nom for G&T
Biança Parker –  Steadipix up for Director and Doc & Spec Factual
Margot McCuaig – Purple TV nom for Sport programme
Connor Reilly – editor, nom as part of BBC team for Short Form

1415 -  “SONG OF THE DESTROYER".....

Rab Florence is a writer, performer and filmmaker based in Helensburgh. He is best known for his BBC Scotland sketch show Burnistoun. His first feature film The House Of Him premiered at Glasgow Film Festival in 2014, and he has two new films in development. Now, after two decades in the creative arts, he is ready to destroy everything.

1515 - Telling Great Stories

Every great film, documentary or television programme has a brilliant story at its heart. In this masterclass with writer & story expert Hazel Marshall, you will discover how to apply the principles of great storytelling to any project. You will leave the session with a deeper understanding of how great stories work and a new insight into any project.


Strand Host: Julia Sutherland 
Festival Producer: Helliate Rushwaya 


Welcome and introduction (Jim Gellatly)

1015 - Radio’s Rosy Future

Just what it is about radio (and audio) that has kept the medium at the forefront of media consumption - despite the obvious challenges along the way? Having survived the threats of TV, Records, Cassettes and the first wave of the digital explosion what does it need to do in order to survive?

We’ve gathered three people who have launched (or about to launch) stations in 2018: Rocksport, Wave FM and Paisley FM. Ewan hosts a huge podcast - and that’s another area that’s growing rapidly.

Presenter: Ewan Spence
Panellists: Paul Brownlee (Wave FM)
Annie McGuire (UWS/ Paisley FM)
Bill Young (RockSport Radio)

1115 - Earshot – Live!

A live recording of Steve Martin’s popular podcast about the production of those jingles, promotions and commercials and the people who make them. He’ll be joined on stage by three of Scotland’s finest to review their work and play some of their best bits.

Presenter:  Steve Martin
Panellists: Gordon Lundy
Gavin Pearson
Matt Shields

1215  -  Lunch

1315 - Power to the People!

The last 18 months has seen podcasting mushroom from a niche way of consuming audio on demand to one where programmes that are as well made as anything the big broadcasters can produce. Some podcasts attract enormous audiences and make their makers a good income. Why has podcasting suddenly come of age? What are the key elements of getting one started? What shouldn’t you ever do? We’ve gathered some of podcasting’s biggest Scottish brains to find out.

Presenter: Jay Robertson

Panellists: Cameron Hobbs & Paul Mitchell (NFL Scotland)
Ewan Spence (Eurovision Insight)

1420 - Any Radio Questions

In which the audience asks the questions of some of the big brains of the Scottish industry, trying not to cross the line between probing and being straightforwardly cheeky.

Presenter: Jim Gellatly

Panellists: John McInally (Global)
Bob McWilliam (Paisley FM et al)
Brian Paige (Bauer Media)
Barbara Wallace (BBC Radio Scotland)


Strand Host: Jim Gellatly
Strand Producer: ​John Collins
PA:​​ Lisa McAlinden
​PA:​​ ​Andrew Smillie

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The Drama Bootcamp is a multi-camera studio development and production challenge, an exciting and innovative four month project culminating in the production of three student originated and professionally supported short studio dramas in Glasgow in June. Applications are now closed 

The project is supported by the BBC’s River City team and other industry professionals. Kieran Hannigan, River City Exec Producer:

“Talent is the lifeblood of the industry and it is vital to us that we develop the next generation of writers, directors, producers and craftspeople. River City has a deep commitment and significant track record on developing new talent and this venture looks like a fantastic opportunity for both us and the participants.”Kieran Hannigan, River City Exec Producer

Student teams from across Scotland’s Universities and Colleges are invited to submit their project ideas that: 

• Feature three actors
• Can be shot in two locations: a student flat bedroom and living room
• Can be shot in 4 hours using multi-camera studio
• Covers any subject
• Features laughs, tears or the aims to change the world

The aims of the project are to develop:

• Scriptwriting
• Multicamera directing
• Acting for camera
• Teamwork: directors, writers, crew and actors 
• Creativity
• Understanding of drama development and production



Applications are now closed 

Drama production is a teamwork activity and entries are particularly welcome from teams which include actors, writers and directors.

Teams should submit a one page proposal and five page script. The proposal is a document which should sell the project to the panel considering the entries.

It should include:

• A title or working title
• A succinct outline of the content
• The intended audience
• An indication of style
• The team members behind the entry

Scripts should include character and location summaries. Advice and guidance on script formats can be found here: www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/writers-lab

All documents must be submitted as PDFs. 

Applications are now closed 

All entries must be submitted by Friday 20th April at 12.00pm to allow short-listing for pitching at CMN festival on 25th April 2018 at the CCA in Glasgow. Shortlisted entries will be informed on Monday 23rd April.

Email submission to james.wilson@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

A panel of industry experts will choose the best three proposals which will then be mentored towards their production which takes place between 22nd and 29th June. Mentor meetings will take place at BBC Scotland on 15th May and 6th June.


Creative Media Network Scotland Student Festival

25th APRIL 2018

CCA, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow


Festival and Event Producer: Helliate Rushwaya info@creativemedianetwork.org
40 Pacific Quay, Zone 2.08, Glasgow, G51 1DA