This weekend, sixteen established and emerging Scottish film producers, will be at Cannes Film Festival to build creative and strategic relationships with the international film industry, to further their projects currently in development.
Fresh from the recent successful world premiere of their feature film debut RUN, Glasgow based producers Ciara Barry and Rosie Crerar (barry crerar) will be in attendance along with Wendy Griffin of Selkie Productions (Co-Producer Calibre, Line Producer Last Breath, Run, and Limbo), Blazing Griffin’s Nic Crum (Producer Anna and The Apocalypse), and emerging producers, Lindsay McGee and Alysia Maciejowska. They will be joined by their fellow producers in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the Marche du Film, the world’s largest market for film.
“Cannes presents a specific and unique platform to introduce the international film industry to the exciting opportunities that partnering with Scotland can bring. With the advent of Screen Scotland, enhanced funding, and a new focus on attracting work to Scotland, now is the perfect time for our producers to be promoting their upcoming projects and fostering partnerships that will lead to an increase in creative co-productions.” Isabel Davis, Screen Scotland's Executive Director
Watch the below interview with Isabel, as she explains more about the importance of representing Scotland on an international stage at Cannes.
Through the Market Leaders Programme (co-ordinated by Ian Davies of Initialize Films), Screen Scotland supports Scotland-based producers to attend Le Marché du Film to build relationships, develop projects and present their films to the international market.
Producers: Ken Anderson (Red Kite), Ciara Barry (barry crerar), Rosie Crerar (barry crerar), Nic Crum (Blazing Griffin), Eddie Dick (Makar Films), Wendy Griffin (Selkie Productions), Grant Keir (Faction North), David Murdoch (Sinner Films), Arabella Page-Croft (Black Camel), Kathy Speirs (Up Helly Aa), Paul Welsh (Edge City Films).
Red Kite is an award-winning production company that specialises in the development and production of children’s animated content, for international television broadcast, founded in 1997 by Ken Anderson and Rachel Bevan Baker. Red Kite has created work for world-renowned children's networks, including the BBC, France Televisions, ZDF, Canal+, ABC, Disney XD, Teletoon, The Hub, Channel 9 Australia, and Cartoon Network.
Most recent and notable productions include Princess Emmy, Dennis and Gnasher, Ask Lara, and Wendy and the Imp. More about Ken's work.
Ciara Barry and Rosie Crerar
barry crerar is a Glasgow-based film production company, founded in 2016 by producing duo, Ciara Barry and Rosie Crerar. Recipients of a BFI Vision Award, the BFI's support scheme for "a new generation of diverse, ambitious film producers around the UK," barry crerar is developing a slate of contemporary and culturally relevant stories from Scotland.
The company recently completed its feature debut, RUN, from writer/director Scott Graham, in co-production with Margaret Matheson’s bard entertainments, and funded by the BFI, BBC Films, and Screen Scotland. RUN had its world premiere at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in the international narrative competition and is being sold internationally by Film Constellation.
barry crerar recently co-produced feature documentary Irene's Ghost, directed by Iain Cunningham, produced by Rebecca Mark Lawson, and funded by BFI, Creative England, Screen Scotland, and Wellcome Trust. The film premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2018 and was nominated for the BIFA Discovery Award 2018. More about barry crerar's work.
Nic is a producer at Blazing Griffin, an independent digital entertainment company based in Scotland. Blazing Griffin Pictures’ feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse was released theatrically worldwide in December 2018 to great critical acclaim, having been picked up by MGM and Orion for the Americas, and Vertigo in the UK.
The company’s BAFTA award-winning games division are known for independent darling The Ship: Murder Party and space RTS Distant Star: Revenant Fleet. Blazing Griffin Post offers end to end post-production services and staff to some of the largest productions in Scotland including Outlander, Shetland and The Cry. More about Nic's work.
Selkie Productions is a film production company set up by Wendy Griffin, who has previously worked as line producer on films such as Red Road, Journeyman, The Festival and RUN.
Wendy co-produced feature films, Calibre (winner of the Michael Powell award 2018) and Not Another Happy Ending, and produced the music documentaries, Big Gold Dream (winner of the EIFF Audience Award 2015) and Teenage Superstars. Selkie Productions is currently developing a slate for film projects and aims to work with new and diverse talent. More about Wendy's work.
Faction North Ltd. combines the talents and experience of award-winning producers, Grant Keir, Peter Day and BAFTA nominated, Berlinale Award-winning director, Virginia Heath. Faction North writes, directs and produces drama, documentary, and TV for the international and UK domestic markets.
Led by producer, Grant Keir, the company was established in 1998 and specialises in international co-productions, with offices based in Edinburgh. Faction North has a close relationship with Faction Films Ltd in London. Previous films include feature documentary, From Scotland with Love and A Very Unsettled Summer. More about Grant's work.
Sinner Films is a Scottish film and TV production company based at Film City Glasgow, run by BAFTA Scotland and Royal Television Society award-winning producer, David Murdoch.
The company's most recent film is the Netflix Original, The Most Assassinated Woman in the World, co-written by David, along with James Charkow, Vérane Frédiani, and Frank Ribière. More about David's work.
Arabella is a leading Scottish independent producer, who runs the Glasgow-based, BAFTA award-winning film and TV company, Black Camel Pictures, along with fellow producer, Kieran Parker. Black Camel is currently in production with two pilots for the BBC; Lifeguards and Bunheads. The company recently wrapped production in Majorca and the UK on comedy-drama, Off the Rails.
Previous credits include Marionette, Sunshine on Leith, Netflix's The Rezort, Castles in the Sky, Legacy, and originating and producing the action trilogy, Outpost, Outpost Black Sun, and Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz. Anna and the Apocalypse was originated and developed by Black Camel from the short film they executive produced, Zombie Musical. More about Arabella's work.
In 2012, Kathy founded Up Helly Aa to develop, package and produce feature films and TV projects for the international market. Kathy's first feature film, Moon Dogs was an official UK / Irish co-production with Ripple World Pictures, and funded by Creative Scotland, Ffilm Cymru Wales, and the Irish Film Board. Moon Dogs won several awards, including Best International First Feature at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh, and a BAFTA Cymru for Best Actor for Jack-Parry Jones, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Film.
Kathy's most recent film, Concrete Plans, is currently in post-production. A thriller set in Wales, and directed by Will Jewell, the film was co-financed by Ffilm Cymru Wales, Amber Content, and Bright Shadow. MPI Media Group is attached for world-wide sales distribution. More about Kathy's work.
Paul Welsh, of Edge City Films and DigiCult, develops and produces drama, documentary and animation from his base in Glasgow. His award-winning films include Lore, Nick Whitfield's Skeletons, and Niall McCann's music documentary, Lost in France featuring Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand and The Delgados. Alongside independent production, Paul co-manages the Scottish Film Talent Network (funded by Screen Scotland and the BFI), commissioning and executive producing shorts and features with new and emerging talent.
Funded by Screen Scotland and Screen Ireland, Paul's feature slate includes Martin Smith's debut Shows (financing), Nick Whitfield's sophomore feature, The Girl Who Stole Time (casting), and Famine with Blinder Films, a large scale adaptation of Liam O'Flaherty's classic Irish novel set during the Great Hunger (1845-49). More about Paul's work.
Markets & Festivals Attendance Fund
Producers attending through the Markets & Festivals Attendance Fund:
Carina Birrell (Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award winning Harry Birrell: Films of Love and War); Lindsay McGee of Braw Films has produced two shorts through Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN), Hula and Slingshot and is now working on projects in development; John McKay of Compact Pictures (1745), through SFTN; Alysia Maciejowska (Mosquette Films) recently completed the SFTN short film, Bunny.
Carina is an award-winning actress and producer who founded the company Skinny Dipped Films, and was selected as a 2017/18 BAFTA Newcomer in LA. Carina produced Harry Birrell Presents: Films of Love and War, sharing her late grandfather's extraordinary life and amateur film archive, which won the Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Audience Award, where it premiered.
Carina is currently co-developing TV series with her company, and has begun developing the feature film, The Return of Finlay MacQueen, to be directed by Robert Carlyle.
James is an Edinburgh-based producer, with a background in creating content and managing marketing strategies for the advertising, corporate and film industries. James' work spans across a broad spectrum of platforms, for a variety of brands and companies, from creating TVC's through 360 VR experiences to feature films.
James' recently produced The Fitzroy, a post-apocalyptic comedy set in the 1950's. See more of James' work here.
Alysia is an emerging producer, who recently completed the Scottish Film Talent Network short film, Bunny. Alysia Maciejowska’s recent producer credits also include the sci-fi short, Perfect Worlds, and Going Away. Alysia has produced and directed a wide range of films for corporate clients. Alysia's production company is Mosquette Films.
Lindsay McGee is an emerging producer, who has produced two shorts through the Scottish Film Talent Network, Hula and Slingshot, and founded the production company, Braw Films.
John McKay is an established writer and director, who has recently emerged as a producer. John’s writer/director work includes Crush, Picadilly Jim, Not Another Happy Ending, TV single drama, A Waste of Shame (RTS nominated), and the film, We’ll Take Manhattan, which John wrote, directed and executive produced, won the Prix Europa for Best Drama.
John produced the Scottish Film Talent Network and BFI short film, 1745, which received BAFTA Scotland and BIFA nominations, as well as winning Best Short at the African International Film Festival. John has developed a diverse slate of feature films, including 9 Deaths, Berwick Law, Breast, and Love Song for Lavender Menace.
John recently founded Compact Pictures, a Glasgow-based production company designed to bring his extensive production experience and developed network of talent relationships together to take on innovative projects, trading internationally and in co-production.
Screen Scotland at Cannes
Screen Scotland’s Screen Commission will also be in Cannes based at the UK Film Centre working to attract productions to Scotland, promoting the country’s stunning locations, world-class talent, crews and facilities, as well as the enhanced funding available in Scotland and access to the generous UK tax incentives.
Our expert team will be taking part in panel discussions, talks, and taking meetings with international producers, financiers, distributors and sales agents to promote all that Scotland has to offer.
For a full programme of events and to register for updates, see the We Are UK Film website.