Scottish Shorts 2018 – Shortlisted Projects 

Following a great response and tough selection process, we’re pleased to confirm the 13 projects shortlisted to participate in the 2018 Scottish Shorts programme.

The teams, selected from a strong field of submissions, will attend a series of workshops throughout May and June to develop their short film ideas from outline to polished script.

In July all teams will pitch to an industry panel made up of representatives from the Centre for the Moving Image, DigiCult, Hopscotch Films and Creative Scotland. Six projects will then be selected to go into production, each receiving a budget of £15,000.

The filmmakers and projects selected for Scottish Shorts 2018 are:

  • BROTHERS (drama)
    Co-Writer(s)/Co-Director(s): Alasdair Bayne & Marina Notaraki
  • CHINA PANDA (comedy/drama)
    Writer/Director: Yvonne Zhang
  • CHUB ISLAND (animation)
    Writer/Director: Ben Cresswell; Producer: Jamie Fraser
  • DARK ROAD (drama)
    Writer/Director: Rory Gibson
  • DO NO HARM (comedy/drama)
  • Writer: Rosy Barnes; Director: Douglas King
  • DUCK DAZE (comedy)
    Writer: Julia Taudevin
  • EDUCATED (drama)
    Writer/Director: Tom Nicoll
  • EXPENSIVE SHIT (drama)
    Writer/Director: Adura Onashile; Producer(s): Ciara Barry & Rosie Crerar
  • HEN HOUSE (comedy)
    Writer/Director: Niamh Mckeown; Producer: Alexandra Porter-Smith
  • I WANTY GO HAME (black comedy)
    Writer/Director: James Price; Producer: Dave Gillies
  • LUCKY STAR (drama)
    Writer/Director: Russell Davidson; Producer: David Neilson
  • SCUM (drama)
  • Writer/Director: Sean Dunn; Producer: Alex Polunin
    Writer/Director: Josephine Self

Scottish Film Talent Network is today, Thursday 31 August 2017, delighted to announce details of six short films commissioned for the New Talent Scottish Shorts 2017 programme.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the British Film Institute, the talent development programme is targeted at Scottish based writers, directors and producers with the imagination to create thrilling, engaging stories to share with international audiences. The following six shorts will receive individual budgets of £15,000 and go into production later this year:

BUNNY (Psychological Drama)
Writer/Director: Shaun Hughes; Producers: Alysia Maciejowska & David Brown

I WAS HERE (Black Comedy/Drama)
Writer: Morna Pearson; Director: Joe Carter; Producers: Dave Gillies & Susannah Armitage

Writer: Michael Richardson; Director: Tim Courtney; Producer: Siobhan Fahey

Writers: Mandy Lee & Claire Nicol; Director: Robin Haig; Producer: Lindsay McGee

Co-Writer/Director: Josefa Celestin; Co-Writer: Max Barth; Producer: Margarita Veberaite

WIDDERSHINS (Animation/Sci-Fi)
Writer/Director: Simon Biggs; Producer: Will Adams

The six shorts were selected from 20 filmmaking teams who undertook a series of development workshops and master classes throughout July focussing on story, script and production led by producer Paul Welsh, DigiCult, and supported by producer Carolynne Sinclair Kidd, Hopscotch Films. The 20 teams pitched their productions to an industry panel comprising of representatives from Scottish Film Talent Network, the Centre for the Moving Image, DigiCult, Hopscotch Films and Creative Scotland.

For further details, visit: Scottish Film Talent Network.

BAFTA Scotland win for No Place Like Home

Cat Bruce’s No Place Like Home scooped the Animation award at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards 2016 on 6th November.

The ceremony took place at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel and was hosted by Edith Bowman. The Awards celebrated the very best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland.

No Place Like Home was one of six New Talent Short films commissioned by the Scottish Film Talent Network in 2015. The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

Congratulations to Cat Bruce, Neil Jack and the rest of the team!


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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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SFTN – Applications open

First Feature Development, Emerging Talent Shorts and Professional Development

Full guidelines and application forms are now available for First Feature DevelopmentEmerging Talent Shorts and Professional Development  Talent Programme Bursary awards.

First Feature Development

SFTN are offering opportunities for emerging talent to develop their first feature project and want to talk to you to help identify the best routes, activities or funding that are available for you.

Emerging Talent Shorts 2015

Short film production funding is being awarded to Emerging Talent on a rolling basis. This programme is designed to run in conjunction with the First Feature Development programme and aimed at emerging Scottish Talent who would benefit from making another short before embarking on their first feature.

Professional Development

Talent Programme Bursary

The Talent Programme Bursary is designed to support writers, directors and producers to attend development programmes and talent labs. Recognised talent labs and development programmes include, but are not limited to:

Berlinale Talents | Rotterdam Lab | Reykjavik Talent Lab | Sundance Lab | TIFF Talent Lab | Torino Film Lab


Further information can be found on each individual page along with the downloadable forms and guidelines. Please head to the SFTN Contact page to get in touch if you wish to discuss your project, or for help to identify the best way we can support you.

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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!

DigiCult Cinema Tour for Scottish Shorts

Cinema Tour Winter/Spring 2015

A multi-venue tour of award winning shorts from DigiCult, Scotland’s internationally renowned new talent film studio, working in partnership with Hopscotch Films.

Drama. Horror. Romance. Comedy. Join us to celebrate some of the brightest new voices in Scottish cinema.



Programmes 1
Programme 2
Younger People’s Programme
Scottish Shorts 2014 (DigiCult/Hopscotch Films)
DumfriesRobert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Monday 16th February (Programme 2 + Younger People)
Thursday 5th March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
Saturday 28th March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
Monday 23rd March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
Thursday 12th March (Younger People)
GreenockWaterfront Cinema
Tuesday 27th January (Programme 1)
Thursday 5th February (Programme 2 + Younger People)
Tuesday 17th March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
InvernessEden Court
Thursday 12th February (Programme 1)
Thursday 26th February (Programme 2)
Monday 9th March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
Stromness, OrkneyWest Side Cinema
Saturday 24th January (Programme 1)
Kirkwall, OrkneyPhoenix Cinema
Saturday 14th February (Programme 2 + Younger People)
Saturday 14th March (Scottish Shorts 2014)
SkyeAros Centre
Saturday 21st February (Programme 2 + Younger People)
StirlingMacrobert Arts Centre
Tuesday 17th February (Programme 1)
Saturday 28th February (Younger People)
Tuesday 21st April (Scottish Shorts 2014)
Contact your local cinema venue for programme start times and ticket prices.
And if you need to speak to us, call DigiCult’s Tour Coordinator Kimberley Looi: 0141 221 5290 
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network:
 Also supported by:

Programme 1

DigiCult Selected Scottish Shorts 2009-2013

A selection of award winning shorts followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Drama. Horror. Romance. Comedy. Celebrate the brightest new voices of Scottish cinema.

Duration: 120 mins including Q & A

The Tannery (Iain Gardner)
Rite (Michael Pearce)
The Rule Of Thumb (Gregor Johnstone)
Death In A Nut (Tom Chick)
Battenberg (Stewart Comrie)
Paris/Sexy (Ruth Paxton)
Tour dates:
Saturday 24th January / West Side Cinema, Stromness, Orkney
Tuesday 27th January / Waterfront Cinema, Greenock
Thursday 12th February /  Eden Court, Inverness
Tuesday 17th February / Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
Note: There is no Q & A for the Inverness screening.
Contact your local venue for programme start times and ticket prices.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network:
 Also supported by:


Programme 2

DigiCult Selected Scottish Shorts 2009-2013

A selection of award winning shorts followed by Q&A with filmmaker. Drama. Horror. Romance. Comedy. Celebrate the brightest new voices of Scottish cinema.
Duration: 120 mins including Q & A
Fixing Luka (Jessica Ashman)
Sweetheart (Eva Riley)
A Cuillin Rising (Catriona MacInnes)
I’ll Be Right Here (Gregor Johnstone)
Foxy & Marina (Zachariah Copping)
Tour dates:
Thursday 5th February /  Waterfront Cinema, Greenock
Saturday 14th February /  Phoenix Cinema, Orkney
Monday 16th February /  Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Dumfries
Saturday 21st February /  Aros Centre, Skye
Thursday 26th February /  Eden Court, Inverness


Note: There is no Q & A for the Inverness screening.

Contact local venues for prices on all events.


Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network:
 Also supported by: