EIFF Short Film Challenge Winners Announced

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On Sat 16 August, Edinburgh International Film Festival hosted the inaugural screening and awards of the EIFF Short Film Challenge. 

Shortlisted films selected from submitted titles were screened to a public audience, alongside the invited jury which comprised producer Melanie Coombs, editor/writer/director Rachel Tunnard, and Nick Rowland whose short film Slap won the Virgin Atlantic Little Red Award for Best Short Film at this year’s EIFF.

Awards presented were – Best Film which was won by The April Fool directed by Bill Walsh; Most Original Idea which was awarded to Off Script directed by Joe Christie; and Most Innovative Use of ESFC Theme (14) which was won by Craig Duncan for his film 1 Beat – 14 Feet. The jury also presented a Special Jury Prize to Coral Red directed by Raffaele Ottaviano and Carlo Pirozzi.

Winners received a GoPro digital camera, and the Best Film winner will also receive a trip the 20th Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in Bristol this September. In the coming weeks many of the films will also be available to view online via the Filmhouse Player.

The aim of EIFF Short Film Challenge was to encourage aspiring and established filmmakers from around Scotland to submit their short films with the main requirement being some reference to the key word: Fourteen.

EIFF Short Film Challenge is funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals EXPO Fund and Creative Scotland. For further details about the Challenge, and our other talent development activity, please visit the Talent Development pages of our website. 

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