Six Films Commissioned for the 2018 Scottish Shorts Programme

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Scottish Film Talent Network is delighted to announce the six short films commissioned for the New Talent Scottish Shorts 2018 programme.

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the BFI (awarding funds from the National Lottery), this talent development programme targets Scottish based writers, directors and producers with bold and exciting stories to tell to international audiences.
The following six shorts will receive individual budgets of £15,000 and go into production later this year:

1. DARK ROAD (Drama)
Writer/Director: Rory Gibson; Producer: Douglas Cox

2. DUCK DAZE (Black Comedy/Drama)
Writer: Julia Taudevin; Director: Alison Piper; Producers: James Heath & Tom Gentle

Writer/Director: Adura Onashile; Producers: Ciara Barry, Rosie Crerar & Alia Ghafar

Writer/Director: James Price; Producer: Dave Gilles

5. LUCKY STAR (Drama)
Writer/Director: Russell Davidson; Producer: David Neilson

6. THE FABRIC OF YOU (Animation)
Writer/Director: Josephine Self; Producer: Calum Hart

The six shorts were selected from 13 filmmaking teams who undertook a series of development workshops and masterclasses throughout June and July focussing on story, script and production led by producer Paul Welsh, DigiCult, and supported by producer Carolynne Sinclair Kidd,Hopscotch Films. The 13 teams pitched their projects to an industry panel comprising of representatives from Scottish Film Talent Network and Creative Scotland.

Two of this year’s selected filmmakers are graduates of last year’s SFTN Write4Film programme. Adura Onashile and Julia Taudevin, both award winning playwrights and theatre-makers, participated in the inaugural year that helped introduce to screenwriting six established writers from other artforms.  Adura’s short will be produced by Rosie Crerar and Ciara Barry, BFI Vision Award Producers who are supported for their work with new and emerging filmmakers.  James Ley, another playwright from the 2017 edition of Write4Film, is also developing his first feature film with SFTN.

Holly Daniel, Executive at Scottish Film Talent Network, said: “This is the fourth edition of the SFTN Scottish Shorts programme and we continue to be amazed and excited by the high level of talent that submit to take part. As always it was a difficult decision but we feel the range and mix of voices being supported this year are outstanding and will produce a fantastic selection of short films. Having two SFTN Write4Film alumni in the selection is a brilliant example how of how professional development can help talented Scottish writers from other mediums bring their skills and voices to film..”

Ross Mckenzie, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Again this year we were presented with a range of high quality projects that have benefited from intensive development over the course of the Scottish Shorts workshops. The six projects commissioned for production demonstrate great depth and deal with a range of issues that we expect will resonate with audiences at home and internationally. We’re delighted to be offering these teams the opportunity to realise their vision and make high quality films that will showcase Scotland’s creativity to the world, and support the selected filmmakers in making the important next step in their careers. ”

This is the fourth edition of the Scottish Shorts programme under SFTN. Previous participants have benefitted from the production of their first funded work to help progress their careers.

The full press release can be found on the SFTN website.

Arcadia released in UK cinemas on 21st of June

The critically-acclaimed Hopscotch production Arcadia is coming to UK cinemas on the 21st of June! 

Scouring 100 years of archive footage, BAFTA-winner Paul Wright constructs an exhilarating study of the British people’s shifting — and contradictory — relationship to the land. The film goes on a sensory, visceral journey through the contrasting seasons, taking in folk carnivals and fetes, masked parades, water divining and harvesting. Set to a grand, expressive new score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) alongside folk music from the likes of Anne Briggs, Wright’s captivating film essay captures the beauty and brutality, and the magic and madness of rural Britain.

“Arcadia is a revolutionary document” — Paul Kingsnorth, author

“An exhilarating audio-visual journey” — Sight & Sound

“There is magic in this film. 9/10” —  Uncut




Make Me Up update

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A message from the producers regarding EIFF 2018

"We had been working, excitedly, towards Edinburgh International Film Festival screenings of Make Me Up on the 21st and 24th of June, but unfortunately the film is not going to be completed for those dates. We considered presenting a work in progress, but we would much rather audiences see it for the first time complete and in all its glory, as it's intended to be.

Our post production team, with Rachel, are all working full pelt on the animation, VFX, composition, and sound design and it's looking absolutely incredible.  We know that you will be blown away when you see the world that Rachel has created!

Dates for when Make Me Up will be shown on the BBC will be released soon and there will be additional screenings at cinemas and galleries in the Autumn. 

We would like to thank everyone involved, including EIFF for their continued support and their interest in screening Make Me Up as part of the 2018 Festival."

Make Me Up is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions as part of Represent, and BBC Arts. It is produced by Hopscotch Films and NVA and supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and Creative Scotland.

Two wins for Hopscotch at RTS Scotland Awards!


We are delighted to have been recognised in three categories by the Royal Television Society Scotland!

Stop All Clocks: WH Auden and the Age of Anxiety (nominated)

Accidental Anarchist
Professional Excellence: Sound (WINNER)

Brian Cox's Russia
Specialist Factual: History (WINNER)

Big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen and congratulations to all the other winners and nominees!