Scottish films showcasing at Tribeca and Hot Docs

We are thrilled to see a great range of Scottish films represented at this year's Tribeca Film and Hot Docs festivals, both taking place between 24 April and 6 May.

RUN, produced by barry crerar, will receive its World Premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the International Narrative strand. Scheme Birds, co-produced by Gid Films and Sisyfos Film Production, will also receive its World Premiere in the documentary strand at Tribeca, and will feature in ‘The Changing Faces of Europe Strand’ at Hot Docs.

CBS News has featured RUN and Scheme Birds as part of their 15 highlights at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

Scottish documentaries, Prophecy and Last Breath will receive their International Premieres at Hot Docs; Prophecy in the Artscapes strand, and Last Breath in World Showcase.

Peter Howson painting Prophecy

More about the films

Steeped in the mythos of Bruce Springsteen songs about growing up in small towns, racing cars and falling into the trap of replicating your parents' lives, Scott Graham's third feature, RUN, is a stripped-down character study of a former “boy racer” whose failure to leave the small Scottish fishing port where he’s spent his whole life is brought into sharp relief by his teenage son starting to follow in his footsteps. RUN is directed by Scott Graham, and produced by Margaret Matheson, Ciara Barry and Rosie Crerar.

Scheme Birds follows the life of young mother, Gemma, as she comes of age in her fading Scottish steel town. In a place where “you either get knocked up or locked up”, innocent games can easily turn into serious crime. Scheme Birds is directed by Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin, and produced by Mario Adamson and Ruth Reid.

“Creating is an incredible journey that can open the door to a new universe.” Prophecy is a rare, intimate exploration of a single oil painting and the first major film to reveal the motive and techniques behind each stroke of paint as the artist creates. The audience is plunged in to the artist’s darkly comic obsessive mind, what starts as a blank canvas, emerges Peter Howson’s monumental oil painting; PROPHECY. Prophecy is directed by Charlie Paul, and produced by Lucy Paul with Itch Films.

A commercial diver is stranded on the seabed with 5 minutes of oxygen, but no chance of rescue for more than 30 minutes. With access to amazing archive, Last Breath is the true story of one man's impossible fight for survival. This film is directed and produced by Alex Parkinson and Richard Da Costa. Other producers of this documentary include Al Morrow, Stewart Le Maréchal, Angus Lamont and Dylan Williams.

A diver's mask sits on a table with wetsuits hanging in the background

About the festivals

The Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan is a platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through panels, premieres, exhibitions, and live performances.

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, which offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000. Their mission is to advance and celebrate the art of documentary, and to showcase the work of and create production opportunities for documentary filmmakers.