Claudia Yusef announced as Talent Development Executive

Yusef will join SFTN in November 2014

Tuesday 28 October 2014: The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films have today announced the appointment of Claudia Yusef as Talent Development Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN).

Taking up her post in November 2014, Yusef will lead on this exciting new programme partnership, aimed at identifying and nurturing new and emerging film talent across Scotland.

Yusef joins SFTN from 42 Management & Productions in London where she held the position of Development Executive. Her most recent collaborations include WELCOME TO THE PUNCH; MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR; and AUTOBAHN.

Claudia said of her new role:
“I'm looking forward to joining this exciting and important initiative, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to help find and nurture a new generation of Scottish talent.”

Yusef’s remit for SFTN will include identifying film talent and projects suitable for funding or development support, working across feature film script development, and short film development and production. Yusef will scout and track upcoming talent, assess applications and provide bespoke support and editorial expertise.

SFTN is a consortium made up of CMI, DigiCult and Hopscotch Films, representing Scotland in the UK wide BFI NET.WORK initiative. This initiative connects the UK’s film agencies Creative England, Creative Scotland, Film Agency for Wales, Northern Ireland Screen and Film London.

A spokesperson for the SFTN consortium said:
“We're excited to begin working with Claudia. Her experience will help Scotland's wealth of new filmmaking talent see their stories realised on the big screen.”

Funded by Creative Scotland and BFI, the SFTN’s purpose is to discover, nurture and progress new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland, offering hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to make their first feature film.

Robbie Allen, Portfolio Manager for Creative Scotland said:
“We are delighted that Claudia has joined the team dedicated to identifying, supporting and promoting the next generation of Scotland's film talent. She brings with her a wealth of experience working in independent film development and production and a passion for discovering and developing new and emerging talent.”

Lizzie Francke, Senior Development and Production Executive, BFI Film Fund:
“It has been exciting to work with filmmakers, talent and Creative Scotland on a number of original films promoting and supporting new Scottish voices from Paul Wright on FOR THOSE IN PERIL, Scott Graham with SHELL and IONA, as well as Gregory Burke, the writer on ’71. The BFI NET.WORK is a key initiative to support promising writers, directors and producers from all across the UK, and we look forward to working with Claudia to discover and develop the next generation of Scottish filmmaking talent.”