Market Leaders


Market Leaders, financed by Creative Scotland, started in 2011 and is an annual programme that helps connect feature film producers in Scotland with the international market.

In 2018 - 2019 Market Leaders will comprise two connected programmes:

Market Leaders - Market Visits - this will be similar to previous editions of the programme. A number of producers (usually 4) with at least one feature film credit as a producer for a film which has achieved international distribution will take part in a dedicated programme (meetings, seminars) at one or more international film markets / trade missions.

Market Leaders - Scotland / online sessions - these sessions will take place in Edinburgh / Glasgow and will cover areas such as international sales, distribution and finance and will be for a larger group of producers.

Please see below for more information about how to apply.


Market Leaders 2018 - 2019 (Market Visits)

Toronto Film Festival / FIN Partners (September 2018) - Focus on International Financiers, Sales Agents / US Distribution

London (March - May  2019) - Project Packaging Sessions / UK Finance and Distribution

Berlin (February 2019) - European Finance, Co-Production, Sales and Distribution

Cannes (May 2019) -  Focus on International Financiers, Sales Agents, Agents

LA (June 2019) - Managers, Agents, Financiers, US production partners

Selected producers will attend at 2 - 4 days of meetings (per trip) arranged by Initialize.

Bursaries will be paid to selected companies towards travel and accommodation costs.


Application Process

The Market Visits are for film producers from Scotland who have a production entity based in Scotland and who have a feature film credit as a producer on a film that has been distributed internationally.

Applications are invited approximately 8 weeks before each trip. Successful applicants will be informed approximately 6 weeks before each trip.

All applications are assessed by Initialize Films in conjunction with Creative Scotland. (now Screen Scotland).

How to Apply

Producers should send information (one page) on up to 2 feature film projects to with a particular focus on:

Finance secured; cast attached; sales agent / distribution partner attached; Creative Scotland funding pledged (development / production); letters of interest from / agreements with international and national co-production partners.

We are looking to select producers with projects that are market-ready i.e. which have undergone substantial development. We do not require all the elements listed above but will give priority to producers with projects which have received Creative Scotland production / development finance awards.


Next Application Deadline

Please contact Ian Davies - for more information.


Market Leaders 2018 - 2019 (Scotland sessions)

The Scotland sessions are for a larger group of producers with a focus on the international market.  If you are interested in joinging these sessions please contact Ian.