THIS YEAR’S VISITING FILM-MAKERS
One of the most exciting aspects of being involved with the Edinburgh Short Film Festival is the opportunity to meet a wide range of film-related guests and visitors from across the world. This year is proving to be no exception and we have a fairly long list of guests attending this year’s event.
We’re planning to show them all some good old fashioned Scottish hospitality and hope they make their visit to Auld Reekie a memorable occasion. We promise not to overdo it though as we wouldn’t want anyone missing their flights home on the Monday so we’ll promise to hold back on passing the bottle of Macallans round after the screenings!
Aside from the regular roster of film-makers, we’re delighted to be hosting Jonathan Ali, the editorial director of our partner festival, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, who’ll be with us over the first weekend.
Also coming that weekend is Lino Palena, the director of Italian comedy short ‘I Wanted a War’ which we’re screening on November 11th at the Cameo, we’re also guesting a visit from Joe Pavlo who’s background in Visual Effects on HBO’s series Rome as well as feature films like the Da Vinci Code really shows in his entertaining action-comedy short ‘Downsizer’ which is also screening on the 11th.
We’ll also be talking to Hans Lucas, the assistant director on the impressive English period drama ‘Beverley’ set in 1980s about making a film set in the 80s.
We’ve got a visit pencilled in from Michael Hines, director of Scottish romantic comedy short ‘The List’ as well as a director of the brilliant Scottish sitcom ‘Still Game’. Anna Fahr is coming from Canada to talk about the making of her Lebanese-set migrant drama ‘Transit Game’and we also have Marco Gadge coming from Germany who’ll be answering questions about his wonderful life-affirming, ‘Harold and Maude’influenced short ‘He and She’.
We’re also playing host to Student Academy Award-nominated film-maker Damon Mohl, who’ll be on hand to chat about his surreal, gothic and deeply ironic shorts on the second weekend. From France, we’ll have Bertrand Faucounau, the director of the affecting drama ‘Amy’Another visiting film-maker from Italy, Luka Jankovic is coming along to chat about his poignant and imaginatively shot drama ‘The Man Who Began To Die’.
A whole clutch of Scottish-based film-makers are also going to be in attendance includinh BAFTA nominated Charlie Francis, who’s award-winning romcom ‘Middle Man’ is showing on the second weekend and the also BAFTA nominated Bita Shafipour will be her for her drama, ‘Last Night in Edinburgh’ which deals with arranged marriages. Stuart Edward’s engaging, charming and heart-warming doc ‘A Wee Night In’ is also coming to discuss his film and Scottish docs in general.
Scottish short docs are in rude health this year and we are also expecting a visit from
Fergus Cruikshank, who’s fascinating and touching doc ‘Yes Gran No Gran’ is one of the few to cover last year’s referendum, we’ll be talking to him about the very specific difficulties of filming a doc during the referendum period – which included polling day itself.
Owen Rixon director of the outstanding, impressive and also very original ‘Toonocalypse’ is also coming to discuss turning central Edinburgh into a post-apocalyptic landscape and we’re expecting to see Chris & Russell Miller who’ll be around to chat about their darkly comic sitcom, ‘Last Exit to Ricklesburgh’ and Carter Ferguson who’s neo-noir police procedural ‘Dead Ringer’ is also screening on the 15th November.
See you there!