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.