Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017: Animation Preview

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We’ve got some extraordinary animation on show at this year’s Edinburgh Short Film Festival! From India, South Korea,France,Italy,USA, Poland,Canada, Austria and across the British Isles and we run down some of the best ones here!

We’re excited to be working in partnership with Puppet Animation Scotland (PAS) who champion innovation in visual theatre, puppetry and animation, supporting the creative and technical development of theatre practitioners and engaging with audiences through its two annual festivals, the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and the Puppet Animation Festival. Each year the latter event presents a diverse programme of children’s puppetry performances, animated films and workshops throughout Scotland every Easter.

In partnership with PAS, we’re delighted to be able to offer the 1st Best Animated Short Film prize at this year’s ESFF and the winner will be announced at our closing night on November 11th!

Animation lovers will also be delighted to learn that we are holding a night of Iberian animated films curated by Mecal – Barcelona Int. Short Film & Animation Festival who have put together a programme of outstanding Spanish & Catalan animated short film as well as a clutch of award-winning animations spread across the festival as a whole!

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From USA we’re screening the Remi Award winning short ‘The Expedition’ by Indiana-based artist and film-maker, Damon Mohl, we also have the moody and intricately designed gothic animation

‘The Escape’ by Jaroslaw Konopka, a pogrom in a nameless European country leaves a woman and her child desperate to survive.

From Austria, the delightful and intricate stop-motion cityscape of ‘Vienna Table Trip’ is by the

multi-talented and Oscar nominated film-maker, Virgil Widrich and we’re also home to the UK Premiere of Gabriel Böhmer’s ‘Beetle Trouble’ impressionist drawings combine with stop-motion and mixed media to present a deeply unsettling and nightmarish vision of domesticity, amid scuttling beetles and talking cats!

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Multi award winning animation ‘Schirkoa’ by Ishan Shukla tells a darkly noir-esque story set in the city of Bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between political career, brothels and love for a mysterious woman. Beautifully rendered and imagined streetscapes –  and characters – are partly why this film won Best Animated Short at the Texas International Film Festival,Venice Film Week & American Movie Awards.

Fresh from the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Arizona International Film Festival, Seung Hee Kim’s extraordinary stop-motion ‘The Realm of Deepest Knowing’ is replete with Zen philosophy amid tumbling cubes and proto-humans

Winner of Best Animation Award at our partners Fastnet Film festival and straight from Clermont-Ferrand Intl Short festival and Flickers Rhode Island Intl Film Fest 2017 Robin Joseph’s visually arresting tale of pursuit and longing, Fox and the Whale’ follows a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale.

On top of these. there’s another dozen or so animations waiting discovery at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, tickets available online:

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2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival Preview

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival: Edinburgh’s accessible, friendly and eclectic short film festival, is now in its 7th year!

We’ve an exciting programme lined up for 2017, featuring 32 UK premieres, 28 award-winning short films as well as no less than 20 Scottish-made films, a total of 78 short films from 25 different countries ranging from Chinese drama and German Horror to Greek Sci-Fi, arthouse cinema from the USA and animation from South Korea.

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We’re thrilled to be able to bring some outstanding short films to Edinburgh (and Hebridean) audiences this year, from the UK Premiere for Gabriel Bohmer’s imaginative animation BEETLE TROUBLE , to the multi award-winning Indian animation SCHIRKOA, as well as the powerful Cannes selected drama A DROWNING MAN.

We’re screening WATU WOTE, winner of the best African short at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and Animator Natasza Cetner’s  2D animation NERO was a Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017.  FOREVER NOW by Kristian Håskjold won Best Short Film at SXSW 2017 and EDITH by Christian Cooke features a stand-out performance by Peter Mullen among a panoply of short film talent!

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This year, we’re delighted to welcome our partner festivals, including Mecal – Barcelona Int. Short Film & Animation Festival – who’ve programmed an evening of some outstanding contemporary Spanish & Catalan animation. We’re also working with the Scottish Documentary Institute to screen some of the SDI’s favourite Scottish docs of recent years, while we’re providing a sample of international documentaries in our Short Docs night at the Filmhouse on November 6th.

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We’re also pleased to bring back our good friends at the Sardinia Film Festival, and looking forward to screening some of this year’s best Sardinian-made shorts at Summerhall.

We’re holding the finale of our Script Pitch competition where the finalists will compete for tickets to the 2017 London Screenwriters Festival and on Saturday 11th November, there’s a free film funding workshop which will share insights into accessing funding for film projects, from our partners the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund. Aimed at Scottish-based film-makers, this event is unticketed so it’s first come, first served if you want a seat!

On top of all that, we’re planning lively networking events, Q & A sessions, there’s an awards ceremony on Nov 11th and we’re excited about our usual, infamous closing night party, featuring live music, visiting guests, a drinks reception and a chance to meet the team behind this year’s ESFF! Entry is via tickets for the closing night screening.

Tickets for all our events are now available online!

The Festival will run from October 27th – November 11th 2016 at Summerhall Arts Centre and The Filmhouse.

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ESFF SCRIPT PITCH CHALLENGE FOR YOUNG, SCOTTISH-BASED SCREENWRITERS

We’re delighted to announce a new competition we’re holding aimed at young, Scottish-based screenwriters which we’re hoping will give our young, talented film creatives a leg up into the industry!

We’re working with the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund and Screen Academy as well as the Scottish Screenwriters group and Scottish Film Talent Network, to hold a Script Pitch Challenge for Scottish-based screenwriters, entrants will submit an original, short screenplay (5 pages maximum length not including title page) properly formatted to industry standards.

The winner & runner-up will each receive 1 ticket to the 2018 London Screenwriting Festival including flights to London as well as industry mentoring!

Eligibility: All screenwriters based in Scotland, aged 18-30 at the time of submission, are eligible for entry.

For more details, see our website:

SCRIPT PITCH COMPETITION

DEADLINE;  AUGUST 18TH 2017

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LAST CHANCE TO USE DISCOUNT CODES FOR ENTRY TO THE EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017!

 

The Final Deadline for film-makers to enter the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival is Midnight GMT JULY 2nd!!

We’re giving away new discount codes for entry to the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival and we’ve arranged to set up a limited number of 20% off discount codes through our Film Freeway & Withoutabox Submissions Platforms!

The discount codes are available on our blogpage online right now but you better hurry, time is running out!

SUBMISSION DISCOUNT CODES

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Final Deadline Discounts to thank our readers for helping us get on the top 25 Short Film Blogs list!

The Final Deadline for film-makers to enter the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival is now imminent and our blogsite was recently named as one of the top 25 Short Film Blogs on the planet!

So to thank our readers for helping us get on the list we’re giving away 20% off discount codes through our Film Freeway & Withoutabox Submissions Platforms:

FILM FREEWAY EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS

using the 20% discount code:ESFFSHORTS

WITHOUTABOX EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS

using the 20% discount code:ESFFDISCOUNT

But time is running out – you got till Midnight GMT JULY 2nd to use these codes!

Comb down your mullets, it’s the final countdown!

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Edinburgh Short Film Festival Deadline Fast Approaching!

In association with Puppet Animation Scotland & The Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival is offering cash prizes and industry mentoring to the film-maker who wins the Best Film AND the best Animation at this year’s ESFF!

We’re also curating for film festivals across the world including
Barcelona, DC Shorts in Washington, Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland and the Sardinia Film Festival and the winning films would be included in the programme for our international events and screenings.

But the Deadline is fast approaching for entries:
Monday June 26th 2017:

http://www.edinburghshortfilmfestival.com/call-for-entries/

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NEW AWARDS FOR FILM-MAKERS AT THE 2017 EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

We’re offering a clutch of new awards and prizes for film-makers from the films selected for exhibition at our 2017 edition including cash prizes, industry opportunities, trophies, film festival invitations, one-to-one seminar with award-winning animators and one of our rather lovely trophies.

BEST FILM AWARD

Eligibility: Any director(s) will be eligible from the films selected for exhibition at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
Prize: Cash award, tickets to film festivals, industry opportunities, trophy

BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD

Eligibility: Any director(s) of an animated short film selected for exhibition at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival will be eligible.
Prize: Cash Prize, and a unique opportunity, during Puppet Animation Scotland’s manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018,
to have a one-to-one seminar with eminent Estonian animated film maker and teacher Ulo Pikkov about any aspect of their working practice,
and to attend festival films screenings at both Manipulate and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival.

RISING STAR AWARD

To be awarded to the director(s) of the best film from a young film-maker or a director(s) new to film-making.
Eligibility: One or more of the directors should be aged 16-25 or have made not more than 3 short films.
Prize: Cash award, tickets to film festivals, industry opportunities, trophy.

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