Last weekend (31st Jan and 1st of Feb) Screen Academy Scotland was host to the first workshop of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s New Talent Shorts programme. Fourteen project teams took part in the two day workshop  which took place at the Screen Academy Scotland production centre at Edinburgh Napier University.

We are delighted that five Screen Academy Scotland graduates were among the project teams selected to take part in SFTN’s New Talent Shorts programme. Henna-Leena Kallio, John Gibb, Bianca Herold, Pavel Shepaniek and Katri Vanhatalo as well as Screen Academy Scotland former member of staff Karen O’Hare. 

SFTN is led by Talent Development Executive Claudia Yusef and is being managed and delivered by Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. Claudia Yusef is Scotland’s first full time dedicated Executive focussing solely on identifying and nurturing the  development of Scotland’s film talent.

SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. SFTN represent Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NET.WORK initiative which connects the UK’s film talent development agencies, bringing together experienced development and talent centres to offer hands-on and holistic development opportunities for promising UK writers, directors and producers who are yet to maketheir first feature film.

The projects taking part this weekend were: 

72 Hours (Drama)
Writer/Director: Katri Vanhatalo

Crowman (Drama)
Writer/Director: Duncan Nicoll

Dave (Animation)
Director: Garry Marshall; Writer/Co-director: Chris Watson
Producer(s): Rhona Drummond & Victoria Watson

Grimm Street (Drama / Fantasy)
Writer: Emma Lennox; Producer: Jill Pryde

Mary’s Maiden Voyage (Drama)
Writer: Henna-Leena Kallio

Maunderer (Psychological Thriller)
Writer/Director: Tim Courtney

Meet Me By the Water (Drama)
Writer/Director: Raisah Ahmed; Producer: Karen O’Hare

No Place Like Home (Animation)
Writer/Director: Cat Bruce

Resurface (Drama/Thriller)
Writer/Director: Michael Crumley; Producer: Sam Ferguson

Spores (Comedy/Drama)
Writer/Director: Richard Poet; Co-writer: Frances Poet

The Lookalikes (Comedy)
Director: Robbie McIntosh; Writer: Sandro Sotirchos

The Necklace (Drama)
Writer/Director: Rose Hendry

The Rat King (Horror)
Director: Pavel Shepaniek; Writer: John Gibb; Producer: Bianca Herold

Vespers (Drama)
Writer/Director: Artur Zaremba; Producer: Hannah Smith