Fantastic news that Edinburgh Napier graduate Eva Riley (BA Film & Photography) has had her short film Patriot accepted to the official Short Films Competition at Cannes Film Festival 2015. Patriot is Eva’s graduation film from the Directing Fiction course at the National Film and Television School which was filmed in Kent on location with two young child actors. Against the backdrop of simmering racial tensions within a rural English community, Patriot is the story of how a young girl’s life changes forever when she meets a boy from a forbidden part of town.

At Cannes this year Nine films (including one animation) will compete for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako, president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury, at the festival’s awards ceremony on May 24.

This year, the selection committee received 4,550 short films – 1,000 more than in 2014 – from over 100 countries

Eva is a Scottish director and screenwriter from Edinburgh currently based in London. She graduated with a BA in Photography and Film from Edinburgh Napier University before going to the National Film and Television School in 2015 where she got an MA in Directing Fiction. 

Eva is passionate about creating bold and atmospheric dramas, which often tackle challenging subject matter. Before coming to the NFTS her film ‘Sweetheart’ was one of two projects selected by Creative Scotland to be produced through the Digicult Incubator scheme. The following year she was funded by Ideastap to write and direct ‘Joyride’ which went on to be nominated for best film at the Bafta New Talent Awards.