Fife and Tayside Filmmakers at Glasgow Short Film Festival
The Glasgow Short Film Festival kicks off on Thursday 9th February, and includes three films from Fife and Tayside filmmakers running in the official competition. Taking place alongside Glasgow Youth Film Festival (5th-15th February), the Festival is part of Glasgow International Film Festival (16th-26th February). Offering a platform to showcase local and international filmmaking talent with over 150 films screening in 53 events, the festival also runs a programme of retrospectives, masterclasses, live performances and parties.
Since starting in 2008, the Festival has awarded the best international short film in the competition, as selected by an international jury, which displays innovation and outstanding talent. This year the award has been renamed the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film, after the influential Scottish director. Also, this year for the first time a jury of industry insiders will be awarding the Scottish Short Film Award to the most inspiring and innovative Scottish short film. Three films made by filmmakers from Fife and Tayside will be running in the official competition for this award. The films are also in competition for the Audience Award, the winner of which will be invited to create the GSFF 2013 trailer (check out the hilarious 2012 trailer directed by Stuart Elliott here).
Rose Hendry: 'Egg & Fag'
'Egg & Fag' by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design gradute Rose Hendry runs in the Grace and Redemption section. Beautifully shot by Dundee-based Ian Forbes, and darkly witty, the film has been making waves at renowned short film festivals such as Encounters, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and DepicT!. Click here to read a review of Rose's work in the Edinburgh Evening News, and click here to visit her website.
Ronald Forbes: 'Joking Apart'
Described as 'An ostensibly light-hearted film that raises serious issues about the idea of understanding, the nature of humour in our culture, and our confrontation with the absurd', 'Joking Apart' by Ronald Forbes will be shown in the Practice Makes Perfect section. A Dundee-based visual artist, Ronald uses both film and painting to explore themes of content, illusion and metaphor. His work has been exhibited all over the world, and he is considered one of Scotland's leading figurative painters. Click here to visit Ronald's website.
Felipe Bustos Sierra: 'Five Six Seven Eight!'
'Five Six Seven Eight!' also runs in the Practice Makes Perfect section of the Scottish Competition. Directed by Felipe Bustos Sierra of Debasers Filums and co-produced and production-managed by TayScreen's own Anna Rathband (we let her out of the office on good behaviour - even if it was for her holidays) the film has been described as 'unclassifiable and gleeful', and features a twist on the classic tale of boy-meets-girl, with an accompanying surf-rock soundtrack by Edinburgh band The Head Henchmen. Debasers Filums short 'Three Legged Horses' also runs in the Print The Legend section.
For further information on the screenings of 'Egg & Fag' click here.
For further information on the screenings of 'Joking Apart' click here.
For further information on the screenings of 'Five Six Seven Eight!' click here.
Click here for the full Glasgow Short Film Festival 2012 programme.