A showcase of new and award-winning student films to launch the educational partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Toronto International Film Festival.

This inaugural partnership will bring Conservatoire Film students to TIFF in September 2022, engaging with the best at Toronto’s world-class film festival and further cementing our Scottish/Canadian connection.

Please help to support this exciting initiative and bring this International Partnership to fruition. Your donation will go directly to supporting the TIFF Partnership and is tax deductible to the extent allowed by Canadian Law.

Our Canadian fundraising is supported by the Chapel & York Canada Foundation.




This project was made through our Negotiated Project module. This module allows the student to design both the learning processes and outcomes of the module. This piece is a great example of two artistic disciplines at RCS, Film and Ballet, collaborating with creative freedom.


Shot under strict Covid restrictions, film-maker May-Ann Blanch and the team worked to bring this story to life. A great example of the collaboration between RCS BA Filmmaking students and BA Production Art and Design students.

An award winning film, Sizzle won Best Drama and Best Production Design at the Royal Television Society Scottish Student Awards 2022.

The Space I Occupy

With all in-person work removed due to the spike in Covid cases, Second Year BA Filmmaking students were challenged to make an ‘At Home’ project.

In this work, Colleen Bell deftly portrays her struggle with her relationship with her body and how now, that relationship has changed.

The Space I occupy recently won Best Factual and Best Writing at the Royal Television Society Scottish Student Awards 2022.

Captain Powerman

This award winning film was made by Alex Halford in his second year of study. This slate of Year 2 films is one of the collaborative points of the academic year where the filmmakers are paired up with second year actors. This is a great opportunity for creative relationships to foster.

Captain Powerman won Best Drama at the Royal Television Society Scottish Student awards 2021.


This was a Year 1 film by Mondo Love. These short films gave each First Year student a chance to get their first works of writing on the screen and play an important first step on their filmmaking journey. This film was shot over two days with minimal budget. The results of Instalove show the creative work that can be achieved with very little.

About the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

We have been teaching the performing arts in Glasgow since 1847. Building on our roots as a national academy of music, we have grown over the past 175 years to be one of the most interdisciplinary and collaborative institutions in the world and are consistently ranked within the world’s top 10 performing arts institutions (QS World Rankings 2023).

The Royal Conservatoire is bold, ambitious and optimistic about our future as a 21st century conservatoire. Our goal now, through our students, staff and graduates, is to raise the transformative power and reach of the performing arts in Scotland and beyond.

Academy Nominated Talent

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Krysty Wilson-Cairns has been nominated for her first Academy Award.

The Glasgow screenwriter, who co-wrote World War One epic 1917 with director Sam Mendes, is in the running for the Writing (Original Screenplay) award at this year’s Oscars ceremony, which takes place in Los Angeles on February 9.

The film has notched up ten nominations including Best Picture, Cinematography, Directing, Music (Original Score) and Production Design. It comes hot on the heels of 1917’s two Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. Krysty has also been nominated for Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards and 1917 is up for nine BAFTAs including Best Film.

Krysty graduated from the Royal Conservatoire’s BA Honours course in Digital Film and Television in 2009.

Cinema Partnership

Film students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be able to watch their very own short films on the big screen as part of a partnership with the brand-new Vue Glasgow St Enoch cinema.

The partnership will see the cinema offer its support and state-of-the-art facilities to Scotland’s next generation of film talent, in a way which brings the students closer to the film industry.

While producing their own films, students will have exclusive access to the venue to watch their film rushes back on the big screen, the way films are meant to be seen, before editing. This practice is commonplace throughout the film-making industry and will be invaluable in helping the students see how their work is shaping up.

What is the International Advisory Board?

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland International Advisory Board is a US-based non-profit, which supports the Conservatoire in its goal to provide outstanding arts education regardless of barriers.

The Board was founded to raise awareness and advance the aims of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the United States and Canada.