EIGHT SHORT FILMS FROM
SCOTTISH FILM TALENT NETWORK FILMMAKERS
TO SCREEN AT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Diverse and Ambitious Slate, 50% From Women Filmmakers

 
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EDINBURGH – Showcasing exceptional new and emerging talent from Scotland, eight short films will screen in the Shorts Strands of this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival: Shorts – UK1: Firecracker, Shorts – UK2: Kaleidoscope and The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1. Commissioned and produced by Scottish Film Talent Network, the Shorts will screen between 23rd and 27th July as part of EIFF’s thrilling showcase of the finest brand-new short films from across the globe.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the BFI (British Film Institute), the Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) is a consortium made up of Centre for Moving Image, DigiCult, and Hopscotch Films, offering new and emerging filmmakers significant support for individual film projects (shorts and features) and a range of professional development opportunities. The talent development programme is targeted at Scottish based writers, directors and producers with the imagination to create engaging stories to share with international audiences. Commissioned short films receive funding of between £15,000 and £25,000, and can be enhanced by partnership funding and through crowdfunding initiatives.

With filming and the majority of post-production taking place in Scotland in 2017-18, this year’s Scottish Shorts programme demonstrates the depth and breadth of Scottish film talent, across an impressively wide range of genres and visual styles:

Bunny – heart-breaking fantasy-drama exploring mental health, with young Govan model Connor Newall making his acting debut.; 12 Point Kill – taut domestic thriller starring Shauna Macdonald, set in a remote ‘off-grid’ community;Widdershins- animated steampunk action-adventure exploring the impact of AI and robots on day-to-day life, featuring the voice of award winning Scottish actor, Brian Cox; None of the Above – hard-hitting tragedy delving into the effects of social media on interpersonal relationships, shot on iPhone 7+ featuring Holli Dempsey; Lift Share – a pan-European adoption drama starring Ana Ularu and Mark Rowley; I Was Here – Traverse playwright Morna Pearson’s blackly comic story of a young Elgin girl struggling with her adult responsibilities; My Loneliness is Killing Me – LGBQTI focused exploration of modern love framed by technology and late night online encounters; Tomorrow Might Be the Day – unsettling, mysterious story of one man’s unwavering faith in a supernatural force.

Five of the ten projects on SFTN’s current production slate are directed by women. In addition to the eight SFTN films in EIFF’s programme, another two films written and directed by women are currently underway, resulting in a 50/50 gender split across the fund’s short film output this year.

SFTN has a track record of nurturing and developing new and emerging talent in Scotland. Commissioned in 2016, Director Gordon Napier’s short film, 1745, screened at EIFF 2017 and played in competition at a number of international film festivals. The film also received BAFTA Scotland and BIFA nominations for Best Short Film. The success of the film helped to elevate Napier’s profile and he is now represented by national and international agents including CAA in LA. 1745 screenwriter and actor Morayo Akandé signed to prestigious talent agency, Casarotto Ramsay, as a result of her work and is now developing a feature based on the short with SFTN.

Paul Welsh, Executive Producer, SFTN (for Digicult), said: “With the launch of Creative Scotland’s Screen Unit and the changes at BBC this year, we finally have a chance to radically alter the landscape of drama production in Scotland. SFTN’s slate at EIFF is indicative of the wealth of talent this country possesses. It’s now time to back this talent with the level of resources required to take the step into long form drama and first features. We will need to be courageous and willing to take risks just like the talent, but that’s how great work is ultimately made.”

Ross McKenzie, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland and our partners at the BFI are delighted with the progress of the Scottish Film Talent Network. Our industry partners CMI, DigiCult and Hopscotch Films have worked hard to identify the very best emerging Scottish filmmaking talent, bringing a diversity of voices to the screen. With half of the projects on the new production slate being realised by women; films such as 1745 (2017) acknowledging Scotland’s historical links to the slave trade; and Bunny (2018), which explores mental health, we are closer than ever to reaching a point of equality, diversity and inclusion for new and emerging filmmakers entering the  film industry in Scotland.

Carolynne Sinclair Kidd, Executive Producer, SFTN (for Hopscotch Films), said: “The talented Scottish based writers, directors and producers who have been making short films with the SFTN, developing feature scripts, and/or attending the various talent labs and training initiatives we support, are now ready to step up and make feature films that will travel internationally, representing the best of Scotland in the world’s cinemas.  It’s not easy to get yourself noticed in a crowded short film market, where everyone who has access to a mobile phone can make a film.  But our filmmakers are making stand out work that connects and moves and has something important to say about this confusing state of being human: they are winning awards internationally, and they are now starting to get the recognition they deserve, with several of our alumni now working with major feature film financiers. There is, of course, still much to be done to create a vibrant feature film industry in Scotland, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we are laying incredibly strong foundations.”

The SFTN short films will screen as follows:

Shorts – UK1: Firecracker
SATURDAY 23 JUNE – 15:55
Bunny by Shaun Hughes/UK/2018/18 mins
12 Point Kill by Iain Mitchell/UK/2018/14 mins
None of the Above by Siri Rødnes/UK/2018/16 mins

Shorts – UK2: Kaleidoscope
WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE – 18:20
Lift Share by Virginia Heath/UK/2018/21 mins
My Loneliness Is Killing Me by Tim Courtney/UK/2018/16 mins
I Was Here by Joe Carter/UK/2018/11 mins
Tomorrow Might Be The Day by Joséfa Celestin/UK/2018/20 mins

The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE – 15:35
Widdershins by Simon P Biggs/UK/2018/10 mins

Alumni of SFTN’s New and Emerging Talent Shorts Commissioning and various development programmes, will participate in this year’s EIFF Talent Lab. Screenwriters: Michael Lee Richardson (My Loneliness Is Killing Me, SFTN 2018); Writer/Directors: Joséfa Celestin (Tomorrow Might Be The Day, SFTN 2018), Iain Mitchell (12 Point Kill, SFTN 2018), Gordon Napier (1745, SFTN 2017), Tom Nicoll (shortlisted for Scottish Shorts, 2018), Kevin Pickering (Close to The Bone, SFTN 2017); and Producers: James Heath (shortlisted for Scottish Shorts, 2018), Margarita Veberaite (Tomorrow Might Be The Day, SFTN 2018), Lewis Wardrop (Close to The Bone, SFTN 2017).

For accredited delegates interested in learning more about SFTN or speaking with the team, there are a number of opportunities to attend and participate in networking events, across the festival:

FRIDAY 22ND JUNE
Meet the NETWORK (16:15 – 17:00, Traverse Theatre 2)
BFI NETWORK Roundtables: Shorts Formula (17:15 – 18:30, Traverse Theatre 1)
Early Doors… Networking Drinks (18:30 – 19:30, Traverse Bar Café)

SUNDAY 24TH JUNE
25/7 NETWORK (17:15 – 18:30, The Lyceum Rehearsal Room)
Early Doors…Networking Drinks (18:30 – 19:30, Traverse Bar Café)

For delegates interested in learning more about the process of optioning and developing a literary work, SFTN’s Paul Welsh of DigiCult will be participating in a panel discussion on this subject, on Friday 29 June.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival takes place from 20 June – 1 July. For event information and tickets, visit: https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/

Edge City Films documentary Lost In France releases in UK and Ireland with a special event screening hosted by Glasgow Film Festival on Tuesday 21st February. Simulcast live from Glasgow’s legendary venue O2 ABC, the night starts with a screening of the film, followed by a one-off performance by acclaimed musicians Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), RM Hubbert and Emma Pollock & Paul Savage (The Delgados).

Lost In France explores the rise of Scotland’s independent music scene in the 90′s, led by cult label Chemikal Underground, the Delgados, Bis, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap and other seminal musicians and bands.

The O2 ABC event has sold out but you can still grab tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event at the following cinemas:

 

Lost In France is an Irish-UK co-production funded by Irish Film Board and Creative Scotland and directed by Niall McCann. It was produced by Nicky Gogan at Still Films, and Paul Welsh through DigiCult’s sister company Edge City Films. The film will be released theatrically in the UK and Ireland by Curzon / Artificial Eye from 24th February.

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Seagulls wins Tiburon IFF award

Martin Smith’s Seagulls won a Golden Reel award for Best Short Children’s Film at Tiburon International Film Festival. It took home the prize last Friday (17th April) at the festival’s closing party.

The 14th Tiburon Internation Film Festival ran 9th-17th April 2015 in Tiburon, California. It is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world.

Congratulations to Martin, producer Sarah Drummond and the rest of the crew involved!

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Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments has done it again! The animation has won the Channel 4 Innovation Award for Storytelling, a new prize at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The jury said the following:

“This intricate combination of stop motion, live action and 3D animation transported us into a singular, surreal environment. Seeing the world through the eyes of a confused – and somewhat deluded – primate, elicited deep emotional responses from the jury.”

The award was made at the closing event of the festival on Sunday 15 March.

Most of the Scottish Shorts 2014 slate competed this year at GSFF – Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling, Martin Smith’s Seagulls, Rory Alexander Stewart’s Wyld and Monkey Love Experiments. Last year, Cara Connolly and Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart won the GSFF Audience Award.

Congratulations to  Ainslie, Will, Cameron Fraser of Ko Lik and the rest of the crew involved!

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Monkey Love Experiments wins LSFF award

Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments has won another award! The film nabbed the award for Best Animation at the London Short Film Festival on Sunday 18th January.

This follows its BAFTA nomination earlier this month, and its BAFTA Scotland win for Best Animation in November.

Also, Ruth Paxton won Best Woman Director for her work on Pulse, a short commissioned via the NEW MUSIC BIENNAL / COMMONWEALTH GAMES by the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY and produced in association with DigiCult’s sister company EDGE CITY FILMS.

This comes four years after Ruth’s DigiCult film Paris/Sexy won Best British Short Film at LSFF 2011.

The 18th London Short Film Festival ran from 8th – 18th January 2015.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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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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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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.