Through our film production arm ‘Screen Productions’ we have produced high quality drama films focusing on the lives of those margilanised, presenting stories to the world not prevalent in mainstream film culture. Steeped in a realist tradition of unearthing stories from life on the margins, featuring non professional actors portraying roles close to their every day lives at their core, three award winning shorts have been realised to date.
One film centred on life behind bars in Scotland’s youth prison featuring authentic inmates on screen, another was an emotional portrayal of a single father family, featuring young people drawn from Edinburgh’s care homes and housing schemes, whilst the other was a picturesque insight into the life a youth from the world of travelling show people.
Off screen some of the most exciting emerging talent in Scotland have worked on each film, from screenwriting, directing and producing, right through to sound, editing and film composition. A key focus of each production to progress such talent, each film also saw young people in assistant roles, offering talented participants from our educational programmes vital skills and career development as their first steps into the workplace.
The story of the film follows a gay teenage inmate as he attempts to be accepted in prison through gambling, but only succeeds in endangering himself further. With time running out to clear his debt, there’s one unlikely friend that can help, but it’s not just inmates hostile to his sexuality, leaving him close to the edge, desperately looking for a way out.
The short was filmed over five days with the core crew of Director, Graham Fitzpatrick, Producer Sarah Drummond, Cinematographer Steven Cook, Sound Recordist Dougie Fairgrieve, Make Up Artist Gillian Johnston and Actor Elek Kish from Screen Education Edinburgh working with inmates both in front and behind the camera.
Colours screened around the world from Sweden to to Korea and back to its home Country Scotland, winning the coveted Best UK Short Film at East End Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the UK.
Colours was also one of the BFI’s films to watch at London Short Film Festival, was nominated for both the Scottish Short Film Award and Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival, nominated for Best Fiction Film at Tabor International Film Festival, nominated for Best Film at Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, featured amongst a Best of European Shorts retrospective at Upssala International Short Film Festival and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 British Academy Scotland Awards (BAFTA).
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A unique, award winning drama, Mum’s Birthday’s story was drawn from the troubled lives of disaffected youths and the haunting life experiences of writer\director and Screen Academy Scotland graduate Graham Fitzpatrick.
Featuring first time performing young people living in Edinburgh’s residential care homes, this poignant, time slicing drama centres on newly single parent Alex who must tackle heartbreak to save the relationship with son Stephen on his wife’s birthday, or risk losing the one thing in life that’s still good.
A Pilton Video production supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Identities Programme, part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Initiative, in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council Arts & Learning, Awards for All Scotland and Forth Neighbourhood Partnership.
The film has picked up the following awards and nominations:
Best Actor – Elek Kish – Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2010
Honourable Mention, Ensemble Cast – Hollywood Reel Film Festival 2010
Honourable Mention, Best Narrative Short – Los Angeles Movie Awards 2010
Winner of Best Producer, fiction & narrative – Sarah Drummond – BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards 2011
Nominated for Best Writer – Graham Fitzpatrick – BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards 2011
Winner for Entertainment Category – Chris Robertson – Young Scot Awards 2011
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Martin Smith was commissioned by Scottish Shorts and Creative Scotland to make SEAGULLS, his fourth drama short. The film has been made by Screen Productions (our production arm) in association with DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.
SEAGULLS had its World Premiere in competition at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. The film won The Golden Reel Award for Best Short Children’s Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival California, Won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Of California Senate at the Borrego Springs International Film Festival in California, and has screened at over 30 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film Nominations in 10 International Competitions.
The poster was specially designed by Jen Davies in advance of the Berlinale screenings.
Tiburon International Film Festival, USA – Winner Golden Reel Award for Best Short Children’s Film
Borrego Springs International Film Festival, USA – Winner Outstanding Achievement Award
Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film – Generation Competition
Hamburg International Short Film Festival – Nominated for the Mo Award for Best Short Film
Edinburgh International Film Festival – Nominated Best Short Film
Leeds International Film Festival – Nominated Best British Short Film
IndieCork International Film Festival, Ireland – Nominated Best International Short Film
Bermuda International Film Festival – Nominated Best International Short Film
International Short Film Week Regensburg, Germany – Nominated Best International Short Film
RiverRun International Film Festival, USA – Nominated Best Narrative Short Film
Almeria En Corto International Film Festival, Spain – Nominated Best International Short Film
Glasgow Short Film Festival – Nominated Best Scottish Short Film