Jump Cut // Call for participants

Open call for young people (30 years and under) to learn filmmaking skills.

Deadline: 11/04/2021

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Image by Colin Tennant
Image by Colin Tennant

Jump Cut

Jump Cut is a project for a small group of young people aged 18 – 30 from Dumfries & Galloway to work alongside established filmmaker, photographer and visual artist Colin Tennant, to create short films inspired by the diverse cultural programme of Upland and the DMC (Dumfries Music Collective).

Jump Cut will run between late April – August 2021 during which time, 4 young people will work with Colin over 16 days. Colin will act as a film making ‘mentor’ sharing his skills and knowledge with the group and supporting them throughout the process. The group will work with Colin to film and edit ‘live’ projects for Upland and Dumfries Music Collective.



Jump Cut has been conceived to help address the shortage of initiatives for young, emerging artists to develop film and digital moving image work. The idea for Jump Cut arose out of a desire to formalise mentoring Colin has provided with Upland previously.

For a number of years Colin has worked for Upland to document projects and initiatives often  creating short films and photo essays. In recent years he has informally worked with young people on some of these film projects. Two examples of this were in 2019 when Colin worked with two Dumfries and Galloway emerging artists (Kirstin McEwan and Ruari Barber-Fleming) to create films for Upland. These were The Water Organ and Spring Fling & DG Arts Promo

Our aim is to work towards developing an innovative and exciting incubator for young people to develop skills as filmmakers and moving image artists.


Who is it for?

18 – 30-year olds from Dumfries and Galloway (you must be 30 years or under for the duration of the project). As a minimum requirement, applicants should have completed or be currently undertaking a higher education course linked to photography, filmmaking or visual art. However, those without formal training will be considered if they can confidently evidence their own experience of filmmaking and/or photography through their application.


How can you be involved?

Email Amy Marletta (Creative Director, Upland) at amy@weareupland.com with:

1. Personal Statement: outlining why you want to take part, what your aspirations are, what art school or college you attend (if relevant), and where you live – no more than one A4 page in a word document

2. Examples of past creative projects, this doesn’t need to be film or moving image, this could be artwork, music, writing and may be scanned drawings, photographs of 2D or 3D work etc*

*(if you are unsure of what to include or you don’t have any images available but would like to apply please just email Amy, contact above, to chat about it)


For more information and application details please download the project brief here

Deadline for applications midnight on 11th April 2021