Ghost Wins Best Film at EIFF

We are delighted to announce that BFI Film Academy Highlands short film “Ghost” has won best film (age group 14-18 category) at the first ever Young Visions short film competition, as part of Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2018.

The film went up against a number of other selected short films for the award, including our BFI Edinburgh Network 2018 shorts “Locker Room”, directed by Eden Ferrari, and “One Punch Kid”, directed by Kitty Darling. The judging panel consisted of industry professionals: writer/director Vashti Anderson, writer/director Donal Foreman, and producer Emily Jones.


The team behind the film are Writers Peter Fraser (2nd from the left) and Martha Cowie, Directors Georgia Ayres (centre) and Sammy McDonald (2nd from the right) and Cinematographer Louis MacLeod, (far left) and stars Lucy Page and Rhiannon Stradling (far right).

Writer of “Ghost” Martha Cowie explained her excitement at having the film screened and having won: “Winning this award has been an amazing feeling. I am already thinking of how we can expand our horizons and create more short films with all kinds of subjects. Specific programmes geared towards young people like The Young And The Wild are completely invaluable for young filmmakers because there are not many other platforms, especially in Scotland, where we get the chance to show our work and compete against others our own age.

Martha went on to say: “The BFI film academy was so helpful in giving me much needed knowledge and experience, and also served as a great starting point for what is hopefully turning into many more successful film projects. “

“Ghost” was developed and produced over a period of 11 days as part of our BFI Film Academy Highlands programme, in partnership with Eden Court, Inverness, with 14 young filmmakers based in the Scottish Highlands and Islands all taking part. Funded by BFI, Creative Scotland and the Creativity team, Lifelong Learning, City of Edinburgh Council, the participants were taken through the professional processes of film-making, exploring all key craft areas, as well as attending Industry masterclasses focusing on future progression.

Watch our BFI Film Academy Highlands Behind the Scenes Documentary here:

BFI Film Academy Highlands | Behind the Scenes 2017 from Screen Education Edinburgh on Vimeo.

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