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BEST OF SCOTTISH
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Eyes on the Street
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 15 minutes 31 seconds Director: David Newbigging Writer: Gordon McLean Producer: Andrew Maas Genre: Comedy/Drama Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org In this comedy drama, a documentary crew explores the world of community wardens: council-funded ‘street teams’ dealing with minor crimes and antisocial behaviour. How do they spend their days and what’s their relationship with the police and the community?
Production: Independent Duration: 3 minutes Director: Jamie Stone Writer: Jamie Stone Producer: Laura Clarke Genre: Drama/Comedy Format: Digibeta Contact: email@example.com Within a winding Edinburgh stairwell, a frail old man struggles to make his way up the many flights of stairs to reach the summit.
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 13 minutes 15 seconds Director: Zak Hanif Writer: Zak Hanif Producer: Yvonne Bray Genre: Drama Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com As celebrations get under way on the holy day of Eid, a British Asian family are surprised by a sudden visit. Soon smouldering family resentment and unexpected racial hatred rise to the surface as the ‘family’ find themselves in conflict with each other.
Five Minutes to Five Steps
I’m In Away From Here
Production: Independent Duration: 5 minutes 41 seconds Director: David Lumsden Writer: David Lumsden Producer: Matt Brown & David Lumsden Genre: Horror Format: DV Cam, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org A short horror about a man and his obsession with hunting and cleansing the homeless.
Production: Edinburgh College of Art Duration: 7 minutes 41 seconds Director: Nozomi Matsuyama Writer: Nozomi Matsuyama Producer: Nozomi Matsuyama & Vicki Reid Genre: Drama/Experimental Format: DV Cam, DVD Contact: email@example.com A short experimental drama about a 14-year-old girl whose friend committed suicide. This shocking event upset her but at the same time it reveals some beautiful moments she experienced under the difficult situation.
Production: Graduation film, MFA Advanced Film Practice Duration: 22 minutes Director: Catriona MacInnes Writer: Catriona MacInnes Producer: Catriona MacInnes Genre: Fiction Format: Digibeta, HD Cam, DCP Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Without leaving his head, Archie puts his headphones on and dares himself to follow a fellow outsider. He finds himself in a strange place where he is forced to adjust quickly, so he absorbs himself in something that both excites and numbs his head... Selected for Corto Cortissimo, Venice International Film Festival 2008.
Production: Independent Duration: 1 minute 17 seconds Director: Louise Lockwood Writer: Gillian Christie Producer: Audrey McFadden Genre: Fiction Format: Digibeta Contact: email@example.com With everything to win and everything to lose, four anonymous players at a high-rolling card game stake it all on... the last hand. Last chance to make a killing. Last chance to beat the odds. The pressure's on. Somebody's going to snapâ€Ś.
Production: Streetwise Film Scheme Duration: 16 minutes Director: Andrea Harkin Writer: Andrea Harkin Producer: Julie McIntosh & Graham Fitzpatrick Genre: Drama Format: Beta SP, HD, DV Cam Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Polish student Anna struggles to establish a new life in Scotland, while trying to save her long-distance relationship with childhood sweetheart Pawel. Caught between her life in Edinburgh and the demands of home, Anna faces up to her new reality. BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards 2008 Winner for Best First Time Performance.
Production: Independent Duration: 1 minute 12 seconds Director: Dana Dorian Writer: Dana Dorian Producer: Dana Dorian Genre: Animation/Children/Comedy Digibeta, Beta SP (PAL) (NTSC), DVD (PAL) (NTSC) Format: Contact: email@example.com A five-year-old Scottish boy discusses the best way for a group of small dinosaurs to stop a big dinosaur from picking on them.
The Problem with Pets
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 10 minutes 35 seconds Director: Ben Soper Writer: Ben Soper Producer: Katie Crook Genre: Drama Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, HD Cam, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com A young couple break into an abandoned school. Strangers to one another they struggle to achieve the intimacy they desire.
Production: Graduation film, MFA Advanced Film Practice Duration: 13 minutes Director: Catriona Craig Writer: Frances Oâ€™Neill Producer: Susan Wright Genre: Fiction/Comedy Format: Digibeta, HD Cam, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Seven-year-old Monica blames her mum's new boyfriend for the untimely deaths of her pets and sets out on a path of revenge. Selected for Skillset Trailblazers at Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2008.
Space Travel According to John Production: 1A Productions for Channel 4 Duration: 3 minutes Director: Jamie Stone & Anders Jedenfors Producer: Laura Clarke Genre: Animated documentary/Comedy Format: Digibeta Contact: email@example.com In this short soap-powder animation, ten-year-old John theorises on the miracle of space travel and speculates as to what the future might have in store. Best Animation at BAFTA Scotland Awards 2008.
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 12 minutes 30 seconds Director: Robin Haig Writer: Robin Haig Producer: Kat Calton & David Hancock Genre: Drama Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com In a small Scottish town, a teenage girl is forced to visit her grandfather. When his infirmity turns their outing from a chore into outright humiliation, she must make a stark choice: his dignity or her own?
Production: Independent Duration: 7 minutes Director: Robert Robinson Writer: Robert Robinson Producer: Robert Robinson Genre: Fantasy Format: Beta SP Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org A dead man seeks to escape the cavernous realm of Limbo by crossing the great River Styx to the afterlife.
Archive of Dreams
Production: Independent Duration: 1 minute 30 seconds Director: Will Adams Writer: Will Adams Producer: Rory Lowe Genre: Sci-fi comedy Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, HD Cam Contact: email@example.com A lone astronaut attempts to terraform a hostile planet with a malfunctioning robot as his only companion. Every small success the Terrafarmer enjoys is decimated by the robot’s stupidity in a classic chalk and cheese comedy.
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 15 minutes 25 seconds Director: Tomás Sheridan Writer: Tomás Sheridan Producer: Lindsay Goodall Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Carlo Roda has gleaned thousands of films over the past 30 years. His life’s work now sits in a damp, dusty warehouse while his dreams turn into memories.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 8 minutes 49 seconds Director: Rowena Cohen Producer: Tracey Gardiner Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Alan aspires to be a human popsicle…literally. This film is about the weird and wacky world of cryonics. Instead of burial or cremation, get yourself put in a freezer, wait a few hundred years, get defrosted and off you go.
The Finger Trap
Half Way Home
Production: GMAC Shortcuts Duration: 4 minutes 29 seconds Director: Julia McLean Writer: Julia McLean Producer: Shian Holt Genre: Animation Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DVD Contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org The elderly but young-at-heart Wilson Brown becomes stuck in his Chinese finger trap toy whilst preparing an anniversary surprise for his wife.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 12 minutes 11 seconds Director: Maria Eduarda Andrade & Marcelo Starobinas Producer: Maria Eduarda Andrade & Marcelo Starobinas Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, DVD Contact: email@example.com This short documentary, entirely shot inside phone booths in cheap international call centres, is a gripping, emotional portrait of long distance relationships between immigrants and their families around the world.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 10 minutes Director: Paul Gray Producer: Lili Sandelin & Douglas Dougan Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, HD Cam, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 34-year-old Melanie lives with the knowledge she will die within 10 years due to autoimmune disease. Having survived a near fatal operation, Melanie escaped the stresses of city life to search for her ideal home for the time she has left - but it’s not as easy as that…
This is JO3
Christmas With Dad
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 11 minutes 43 seconds Director: Conor McCormack Producer: Sarah Tierney Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, DVD Contact: email@example.com Christmas with Dad follows 22-year-old AJ as he and his family prepare for the festive season and the arrival of an eighth child. With remarkable access and insight the film reveals a young man struggling to define his role as a father, haunted by his own childhood and facing an uncertain future... Best Scottish Short Documentary Winner at Edinburgh 2008.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 10 minutes 18 seconds Director: Lindsay Goodall Producer: Kat Calton Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, DVD Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org An engaging story about the filmmaker’s 92-year-old grandmother, and the daughter who cares for her. While suffering from Alzheimer’s and decreasing physical ability, Irene’s feisty personality still shines through, often leading to both laughter and heartache. Nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award 2008 for Best Short Film.
Production: Independent Duration: 3 minutes Director: Rory Lowe & Tom Shrapnel Producer: Will Adams & Phil Kerr Genre: Experimental Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, HD Cam Contact: email@example.com A live action 3D animation about JO3, an 8bit digital man stuck in our 21st century analogue world searching for a way home. Nominated for Cartoon d’Or at Encounters 2008.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 10 minutes 20 seconds Director: Minttu Mantynen Producer: Scott Ward (Pulkka) & Leslie Hills (Skyline Productions) Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, HD Cam Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org At the start of the bitter Winter War, the Soviet Red Army invaded Finnish-Karelia forcing thousands of civilians deep into Finland. Teenagers Annikki, Inkeri and Hilkka left their families to drive cattle through deep snow and hostile lands. A lifetime later they look back on their adventures.
Production: Bridging The Gap 5 Duration: 9 minutes 50 seconds Director: Eva Weber Producer: Odd Girl Out Productions with Anna Higgs & Gavin Humphries for Quark Films Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, DVD Contact: email@example.com Self-storage units are windows into human histories: the silent cells with their discarded objects and dust-covered furniture are inscribed with past dreams, secret hopes and lives we cannot let go of. Selected for Sundance 2009.
Production: Imagine Pictures in association with Scottish Documentary Institute and a commission for Dumfries and Galloway Council Duration: 11 minutes 48 seconds Director: Finlay Pretsell & Adrian McDowall Producer: Finlay Pretsell & Adrian McDowall Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, Beta SP, DV Cam Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Bench pressing isn’t a hobby for 73-year-old Bill McFadyen – it’s a way of life. Stranraer’s very own bench press champion is on a quest to be the best in the world. BAFTA Scotland Winner for Best Short Film 2008 and selected for Sundance 2009.
Standing Start Production: Independent Duration: 12 minutes Director: Adrian McDowall & Finlay Pretsell Writer: Des Dillon Producer: Adrian McDowall & Finlay Pretsell Genre: Documentary Format: Digibeta, DV Cam, DVD, DV Cam (NTSC) Contact: email@example.com Just what does it take to be the fastest starter in the world? Standing Start gives a unique insight into Olympic cyclist Craig MacLean's life, his unflinching focus and preparation to battle it out on the world stage - portrayed like a gladiator. Shortlisted for Grierson 2008.
I LOVE LUCI
Production: Independent National Lottery Director: Colin Kennedy Writer: Colin Kennedy Producer: Brian Coffey Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Available from: March 2009 I Love Luci is a comedy of missing teeth, unrequited love and one dog's potential to shape the fortunes of a couple destined never to be together.
Production: Independent National Lottery Director: Cathie Boyd Writer: Sonja Henrici Producer: Kat Calton Contact: email@example.com Available from: February 2009 What happens in a relationship when the past intrudes on the present? Sometimes we can only hang on to the imprints we leave on each other’s lives.
Production: Independent National Lottery Director: Paul Wright Writer: Paul Wright Producer: Rhianna Andrews Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Available from: February 2009 Believe is the story of a man who refuses to come to terms with his wife's death.
Production: Independent National Lottery Director: Henry Coombes Writer: Henry Coombes Producer: Ciara Barry Contact: email@example.com Available from: January 2009 The Bedfords tells the story of Landseer's visit to the Duke of Bedford and family in their Scottish Highland estate. Commissioned to paint a grand family portrait, Landseer begins a lusty affair with his subject the Duchess of Bedford. Tormented by the pressures of commissions and the forbidden affair, a mental breakdown in the artist ensues and so begins his spiraling descent into madness.
BEST OF SCOTTISH
Scottish Screen is delighted to present this selection of some of the best short films from Scotland. The wide range of styles, themes and genres on offer here represents the wealth of talent and quality of filmmaking in the country. Featuring fiction, documentary and animated films, many of these titles have already enjoyed success while others are ripe for discovery. Scottish Screen exists to support, develop and promote the screen industries in Scotland. That includes nurturing new talent such as that showcased here. Many of the films featured have received investment from Scottish Screen either directly or through one of our talent development initiatives.
We are pleased to help promote these filmmakers’ work and talents through this brochure and its accompanying DVD but do not hold the copyright of any short films. The filmmakers retain all rights and are responsible for any distribution. If you are interested in previewing or screening any of the work listed here please obtain permission and a screening copy from the filmmakers directly through the published contact details in this brochure. If you have any queries about the films and filmmakers please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information about short filmmaking in Scotland, application and eligibility details visit: www.scottishscreen.com/shortfilm.
Many of the films in this brochure have been made through the following talent development initiatives: BRIDGING THE GAP 5 Funded by Scottish Screen National Lottery Edinburgh College of Art Scottish Documentary Institute GMAC SHORTCUTS Funded by Scottish Screen National Lottery UK Film Council National Lottery GMAC INDEPENDENT NATIONAL LOTTERY INVESTMENT Funded by Scottish Screen National Lottery
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Film image on front: The Finger Trap. Directed and Written by Julia McLean. Photo by Julia McLean