Scottish Shorts selected for LSFF

Next month, the entire Scottish Shorts slate will play at the London Short Film Festival. Each film is showing in various New Shorts programmes.

On Saturday 10th January, screenings include Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart in Teenage Girls Go Crazy!, Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments in Animation Selection and Rory Alexander Stewart’s Wyld in Femme Fantastiques.

The following day, Martin Smith’s Seagulls plays in Boyhood. Also playing on Sunday 10th January, is Ruth Paxton’s Pulse in Leftfield & Luscious. Pulse was produced in association with DigiCult’s sister company Edge City Films.

Last but not least, Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling screens in Refugee, Asylum & Global Movement on Wednesday 14th January.

The 12th London Short Film Festival runs 9–18th January 2015. Monkey Love Experiments and Pulse will screen at the ICA, and the rest of the Scottish Shorts will play at Hackney Picturehouse. Tickets can be booked through the LSFF website.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers involved!


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Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling won the Directors Jury Award “We, the filmmakers” at the International Short Film Festival ‘City of Soria’.

The 16th International Short Film Festival ‘City of Soria’ (Certamen Internacional de Cortos Ciudad de Soria) ran from 16th – 30th November in Soria, Spain. The film played in Session 1 of the ‘Short A Contest’ on Sunday 23rd November. The jury comprised of all the Directors in Soria’s Official Competition.

Congratulations to Ian Waugh, Richard Warden, Jim Webster and the rest of the crew involved.


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Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart won the British Short Film Competition award at Leeds International Film Festival.

The jury stated that it was ‘A beautifully executed coming of age film.’

The film was nominated alongside Martin Smith’s Seagulls. Both films played at Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 15th November.

Running from 5th to 20th November, the 28th Leeds International Film Festival was the largest film festival in England outside London, and an Academy Award Qualifying Festival through its short film awards.

Congratulations to Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, Phoebe Grigor, Maeve McMahon and the rest of the crew involved.


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DigiCult is proud to announce the launch of the Scottish Film Talent Network website, and its call for entries to the Scottish Shorts 2015 Programme.

SFTN Talent Development Executive Claudia Yusef is hosting information sessions across Scotland to discuss Scottish Shorts 2015 and the range of other development and funding opportunities available in the new year.

Claudia will be able to give an overview of all SFTN activity available to new and emerging filmmaking talent in Scotland, as well as answer questions from prospective applicants.

Dates for each session below –

Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen – Wednesday 03 December

Eden Court, Inverness – Thursday 04 December

Filmhouse, Edinburgh – Saturday 06 December

DCA, Dundee – Monday 08 December

GMAC, Glasgow – Tuesday 09 December

Sessions are free to attend but we do request that you book your place beforehand via Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please email

The Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland to deliver the Scottish element of the BFI Net.Work.

The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.


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Huge congratulations to the crew of Monkey Love Experiments for their win at last night’s BAFTA Scotland awards! Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson’s film, about a monkey who believes he is destined for the moon, scooped the award for Best Animation.

Sadly Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart was nominated for Best Short Film but lost to Ewan Stewart’s great piece Getting On, produced by the very talented Maeve McMahon.

A massive shout out to David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jonathan Asser and everyone at Sigma for Starred Up‘s multiple awards, winning Best Feature, Best Director for David and Best Writer for Jonathan.

Last but not least, congratulations to Lindy Cameron, Don Coutts and patron of DigiCult Margaret Matheson for Best Children’s Programme awarded to Katie Morag.

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees on the night!



The 2014 Scottish Shorts are off to the Highlands!

Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart, Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments, Martin Smith’s Seagulls, Rory Alexander Stewart’s Wyld and Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling will screen at the Inverness Film Festival on Sunday 9th November.

All films will screen as part of the Short Cuts 2 programme at 11.30am in Eden Court Theatre.

Now in its 12th year, the Inverness Film Festival runs from 5th to 9th November. Click here to book tickets for Shorts Cuts 2.

Well done to all the filmmakers involved.


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Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling has been selected for the Aesthetica Short Film Festival. It will play in the Drama 11 programme, which has daily screenings from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th November.

This will be the film’s first screening in England following its world premiere at EIFF and recent international success at Stockholm, Reykjavik and Cyprus.

The BAFTA accredited Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs from 6th to 9th November in York.

Well done to Ian Waugh and the entire crew involved.


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Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling is in competition at Stockholm Film Festival for the Aluminium Horse Short Film award.  It will screen on the 9th and 12th November at Bio Mauritz at Filmhuset, as part of the Short Film Competition 2 programme.

The 25th Stockholm International Film Festival runs between 5th-16th November and will be the largest programme yet, with over 200 films from over 60 countries.

As He Lay Falling continues to impress internationally during its festival run. The film received special mentions at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus and Reykjavik Film Festival for the Golden Egg Award.

Congratulations to Ian Waugh, Richard Warden, Jim Webster and the rest of the crew involved.


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Congratulations to our Scottish Shorts filmmakers nominated for BAFTA Scotland awards!

Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart competes in the Short Film category and Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments is nominated in the Animation category.

This follows recent international festival success for both shorts – Monkey Love Experiments screened two weeks ago at Chicago Film Festival, and Exchange and Mart will screen daily from 5th to 7th November as part of the Youth Programme at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

The 2014 British Academy Scotland Awards will take place on Sunday 16th November at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Good luck to all the filmmakers involved!


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Wigtown Book Festival showcases Lore

Events with Rachel Seiffert and Paul Welsh

Cate Shortland’s Lore will screen at the Wigtown Book Festival under its South West Picture Show Programme. The film will play tonight at 7.30pm in County Buildings and be introduced by its Glasgow-based producer, DigiCult’s Paul Welsh.

As the Second World War ends, five German siblings embark on an epic journey to their grandmother’s after their high-level Nazi parents disappear. Adapted from Rachel Seiffert’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Dark Room, Cate Shortland’s film is a moving human drama and a compelling portrait of a nation in denial.

Tomorrow, Rachel Seiffert and Paul Welsh will discuss the long road from novel to the big screen in From Page To Screen: Lore.

The 70 minute event offers a unique insight into the journey from initial idea to shooting script that will appeal equally to aspiring screenwriters, readers and film-lovers. Introduced by Professor Nick Higgins, director of the UWS Creative Media Academy, it is supported by the UWS Creative Media Academy and Honeycomb Creative Works.

On Sunday 5th October, Rachel Seiffert will talk about her new book The Walk Home, which looks at a man returning home to Glasgow and a family torn apart by the sectarian divide.

The Wigtown Book Festival is a ten day literary celebration in Scotland’s national book town. This year, the festival has linked up with the South West Picture Show, a regionwide film festival taking place in October which celebrates Dumfries & Galloway’s thriving cinema culture.

For tickets to tonight’s screening, please contact the Wigtown Book Festival’s box office on 01988 403222 or call into the festival box office at the County Buildings. Tickets for tomorrow and Sunday’s events can also be bought from the website.