2018 is a bumper year for Edinburgh College of Art/Screen Academy Scotland graduate’s documentaries at Edinburgh International Film Festival. An unprecedented total of 11 films directed by current or past students or staff will be screening with many more films featuring work by Edinburgh College of Art/Screen Academy Scotland students and graduates in different capacities. 

There are 9 documentaries directed by students or graduates from the Postgraduate documentary programme (MA/MFA Film Directing) including  the award winning  feature documentary  Piripkura directed by MFA graduate Mariana Oliva (which has already won the Amsterdam Human Rights Award at IDFA and Best Documentary at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival ) which  is up for competition as best feature documentary. Other short films include Soran Qurbani’s Homage to Kobane, about Kurdish survivors’ memories and determination amongst the rubble of Kobane.

For fiction, Alia Ghafar,  BA Film and TV graduate from last year is screening the award winning Salt and Sauce which has already scooped up Best Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival and at the Royal Television Society Student awards for best sound and editing. It  has been screened at the London Film Festival amongst other top festivals. Salt and Sauce represents the coming together of talent from many different collaborators including graduate Beth Woodruff as cinematographer, Mario Cruzado as editor and many other students from the Undergraduate Film and TV department as crew including costume graduate Lauren Peters and Emma-Jo Carroll (current costume student).

Emma Davie Programme Director of postgraduate Film at Edinburgh College of Art/Screen Academy Scotland said “We are extremely proud of the number of films screening from graduates, current students and staff in Film at Edinburgh College of Art at EIFF this year”

Below is more information about Edinburgh College of Art/Screen Academy Scotland films showing at EIFF this year:

Short documentaries
some of these days, Vincent Förster (Glasgow Short Film Festival winner). Current MFA Film Directing student
Homage to Kobane, Soran Qurbani (Glasgow Short Film Festival), MA Film Directing graduate
Dogma, Francesco Rufini, current MFA Film Directing student
Winter With Umma, Suhyun Song, current MFA Film Directing student
Salt & Sauce, Alia Ghafar, (London Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival winner), BA Film & TV graduate
My Head in The Mountain, Anna Stoltzman,current MFA Film Directing student
Nights Out, Li Gong, current MFA Film Directing student
I Don’t Want To Call It Home, Lea Luiz de Oliveira World Premiere of her Bridging the Gap documentary, MA Film Directing
These Are My Hands, Ania Urbanowska, BA Film & TV graduate

Feature documentaries up for Best Documentary at EIFF 2018:
Piripkura, Mariana Oliva MFA Film Directing graduate
In 2017 Her film Piripkura (co-directed with Renata Terra, Bruno Jorge and produced by Mariana) has already won the Amsterdam Human Rights Award at IDFA and is now released in cinemas in Brazil, February 2018 as well as nominated at various international film festivals (Docville, Cartagena, Thessaloniki) and winner Best Documentary at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

Becoming Animal, co -directed by Emma Davie and Peter Mettler and currently playing at European Festivals (nominated for Best Feature at CPH : Dox, Documenta Madrid, Docs Against Gravity, Poland and other festivals too).
Time Trial, directed by Finlay Pretsell from Scottish Documentary Institute, edited by Kieran Gosney (BA Film & TV graduate) and shot by Martin Radich (MFA Film Directing graduate) and Julian Schwanitz (MFA Film Directing graduate). Time Trial has played in festivals internationally and about to be released in cinemas in UK.