EIFF is delighted to announce the winners of the first EIFF Short Film Challenge which was held on Saturday 16 August at Filmhouse.  


Best Film - The April Fool. Director: Bill Walsh

Most Original Idea - Off Script. Director: Joe Christie

Most innovative Use of the ESFC Challenge Theme (14) - 1 Beat- 14 Feet. Director: Craig Duncan

The EIFF Short Film Challenge Jury comprised of producer Melanie Coombs, writer-director Nick Rowland and writer-director Rachel Tunnard.

EIFF Short Film Challenge is a brand new short film compeition launched by EIFF in 2014.

Twelve finalists were selected by EIFF programmers and the shortlisted films were screened at Filmhouse in Edinburgh on Saturday 16 August 2014. A specially selected jury attended the screening and announced the winners at the end of the event. 

Alongside the shortlisted films, we screened EIFF 2014 Short Film Award winners The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs), Monkey Love Experiments (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) and My Stuffed Granny (Effie Pappa)

The winner of the Best Film Award also received an all expenses paid opportunity to attend Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in Bristol in September 2014.

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival is the UK’s longest running competitive short film and animation festival. It presents one of the world’s best-known showcases and meeting points for emerging talent, and seeks to promote the importance of short film as a means to develop the next generation of filmmakers and animators - See more at: www.encounters-festival.org.uk


EIFF Short Film Challenge Shortlisted Films 

Dead Man's Shoes. Simon Ray. 3.47'
Music and image converge in this striking music video showcasing Tom McConnell's song ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’.

The April Fool. Bill Walsh. 4.02'
An Edinburgh based filmmaker plots to create a UFO hoax as big as Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ radio broadcast.

1 Beat- 14 Feet. Craig Duncan. 1.52'
A playful and surreal encounter between a spider and a fly!

The Life and Mind of Dr James Main. Lee Patterson. 4.36'
An observation of the process behind a very peculiar filmmaking project.

It's 2014. Jenny Brown. 3.30'
Impassioned documentary engaging with world poverty and positive approaches to addressing the problem.

Silicon. Bronwyn O'Neill. 7.59'
Witness an empowering journey as a teenager learns to recognise the beauty in herself.

The Barometer. Maria Craig. 6.06'
A young girl’s premonitions foretell the onset of a terrifying natural disaster.

Off Script. Joe Christie. 7.37'
An emotionally damaged woman becomes obsessed with a play rapidly approaching the end of its run.

14 Is The Colour Of Hate. Annie Smith. 1.55'
A group of friends share recollections of their terrifying and bizarre nightmares.

Untitled By. Flavia Casa, Elisabeth Penman. 8.00'
Awaiting to meet with his publisher, a lonely writer grapples with his fate as memories of his manuscript and fantasies of unrealistic success manipulate his sense of time.

Coral Red. Raffaele Ottaviano and Carlo Pirozzi. 7.21'
In a café, a woman is waiting for something. Three meetings. Three visions. And the ontogeny of a tragic memory..

Bye. Tobias Erdmann and Andrew Dobbie. 8.00'
Mandy faces a life changing choice between her husband and female lover.

If you have any questions please contact the Challenge Coordinator Maija Hietala: maija.hietala@edfilmfest.org.uk

The Short Film Challenge is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and by Creative Scotland.


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