Fresh Air FM Reviews Day 2 at Edinburgh Shorts

We’re delighted that Fresh Air FM came along to Day 2 of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival last Saturday and a pretty decent review too!



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Edinburgh Shorts Week 2 Begins Friday!

After Edinburgh Short’s sell-out audiences in week 1, we’re eagerly anticipating another 2 full houses for our 2nd weekend screening the best contemporary short films from around the world! Your one chance to see a clutch of outstanding and award-winning short films before they vanish into the ether!

For Sci-Fi & Horror fans, we’re excited to screen the dystopian Greek sci-fi WHACK by Syni Pappa, dark and also surprisingly witty, it’s set in a future so bleak that it creates a pandemic of suicides. HILDE by Felix Knoche is a Cronenberg-esque body-horror about a mother fighting to protect her daughter as she undergoes a strange transformation.

Ishan Shukla’s multi-award winning Indian Animation SCHIRKOA is a neo-noir vision of life in a corrupted city in an alternative universe,  beautifully rendered.

We’re also excited about the outstanding drama FOG PEOPLE by Antoine Janot, a Bunuel-esque story of a world permanently shrouded in fog.  Semi-finalist at the LA Cinefest and nominated for the ESFF Best Animated short 2017, the intricately animated film TIS by Chloe Lesueur follows a new arrival to a strange world where the inhabitants are made of paper!


We’re lucky to be playing host to a range of guests this weekend, including US based animator and artist, Damon Mohl, who’s excellent animated drama THE EXPEDITION features footage shot in the Lothians during the 2015 Edinburgh Short Film Festival and Lyle Bush who’s comedy/drama THE MAN WHO NEVER WENT HOME has a distinctly Eastern European flavour, with its absurdist situational comedy and
Kafka-esque plotline.

Yulia Kovanova’s PLASTIC MAN is an experimental drama which featured at the EIFF 2017 and has now been nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award and Emir Ziyalar is travelling from the Czech Republic for his allegorical comedy THE EMISSARIES which feels very Samuel Beckett in tone and looks sumptuous, filmed as it is with a bold red pallete!


Apart from these, we’re also showing the stunning, Italian Claymation FRAMED by Marco Jemolo and Christof Pilsl’s German comedy-horror KRAMPUS

There’s Scottish film-maker Niamh McKeown’s GOOD GIRLS – as though Wes Anderson has re-made a St Trinians movie!  We also need to mention the charming and life-affirming OOR WALLY by Martin Lennon, a short doc that follows the ever-optimistic life of Stenhousemuirs FC’s mascot!

There’s also live Q and As with the film-makers and post-screening networking sessions –  life is short so it’s just as well our films are as well!

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Edinburgh Shorts 2017 Opening Tonight, Check out our trailer!

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017 Trailer!

Excited to unveil our new 2017 ESFF trailer! Edited by the faboulous Finn Kati Nieman and a specially composed
soundtrack craftily created by the cunning Callum Rankine!

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Edinburgh Shorts 2017 Trailer!

Excited to unveil our new 2017 ESFF trailer! Edited by the faboulous Finn Katie Nieman and a specially composed soundtrack craftily created by the cunning Callum Rankine!



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Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017: Animation Preview

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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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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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:




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