Six films commissioned for Scottish shorts programme

Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) is today delighted to announce the six short films commissioned for the New Talent Scottish Shorts 2019 programme:

Consumed (drama)

Writer: Simone Pereira Hind; Director: Karen Lomond; Producer: Penny Davies

Feeling isolated from her partner after suffering a miscarriage, Faye is driven to extreme measures in her quest to stay connected with her baby.

Scuzz (drama)

Writer/Director: Alia Ghafar; Producer: Laura McBride

On a Saturday night in Glasgow, a bassist pursues a teenage boy through the streets for a stolen guitar, but ends up finding what she really needs – a sincere human connection.

The Mad Shagger (horror)

Writer/Director: Ciaran Lyons; Producer(s): Beth Allan and Jack Cowhig

A cult of misfits unwittingly unleash a gruesome curse that threatens to transform one of their members into a grotesque, insatiable monster.

The Shift (drama)

Writer/Director: Laura Carreira; Producer(s): Mhairi Valentine and Maeve McMahon

An agency worker is forced to make her ultimate sacrifice after her shift is cancelled unexpectedly.

Trifle (drama)

Writer: Rachelle Atalla; Director: Michael Callaghan; Producer: Joanne Williamson

A widowed pharmacist, trapped by grief, finds her understanding and human connection in the unlikely form of her trifle-loving methadone patient.

Unexpected Item (sci-fi animation/live action)

Writer/Director: Iain McCall; Producer: Jana Robert

An anxious office worker struggles to connect with a sentient self-checkout machine, or anybody else.

About the programme

Throughout May and June, the teams participated in a series of workshops focussing on story, script and production along with a series of 1:1 development meetings, led by producer Carolynne Sinclair Kidd (Hopscotch Films) and supported by producer Paul Welsh (DigiCult).

Carolynne Sinclair Kidd, Producer at Hopscotch Films, said: "This is such a varied slate of films from some truly exciting new filmmakers based in Scotland, telling important stories that examine facets of contemporary life such as alienating technology, zero hours contracts or a grappling with male identity. I can't wait to get these out there for the world to see!"

The films were selected from 12 filmmaking teams who pitched to an industry panel comprising of representatives from SFTN, the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), Hopscotch Films and Screen Scotland.

The six films will receive individual budgets of £15,000 and go into production later this year.

Sean Greenhorn, Screen Officer at Screen Scotland, said: "With such an incredibly strong shortlist of projects, the decision-making process has not been an easy one.

"The six ambitious short films that have been selected reveal a breadth of personalities and styles within emerging Scottish filmmaking today, and in this vital development opportunity for emerging talent, the Scottish Shorts Programme will support them to showcase their technical skill and storytelling ability."

"This is such a varied slate of films from some truly exciting new film-makers"

"This is such a varied slate of films from some truly exciting new filmmakers based in Scotland, telling important stories that examine facets of contemporary life such as alienating technology, zero hours contracts or a grappling with male identity. I can't wait to get these out there for the world to see!"

Carolynne Sinclair Kidd
Producer at Hopscotch Films

Supported by Screen Scotland and the BFI with National Lottery funding, SFTN forms the Scottish element of the BFI NETWORK, designed to discover, nurture and advance new and emerging filmmaking talent from across the UK. SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

Jess Loveland, Head of BFI NETWORK, said: "It’s very exciting to see the incredible level of emerging filmmaking talent in Scotland represented in these six distinctive short film projects and teams. BFI NETWORK is thrilled to once again support the next generation of Scottish filmmakers as they grow and develop their unique cinematic voices. I can’t wait to see the completed films and their progress on the festival circuit."

Notes to editors

About Scottish Film Talent Network
SFTN is a consortium made up of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films. SFTN represents Scotland in the UK-wide BFI NETWORK initiative as it connects the UK’s film talent development agencies. Scottish Film Talent Network consortium has been awarded the contract by Creative Scotland and is supported by BFI. For further information, please visit scottishfilmtalent.com and follow them on Twitter at @SFTNetwork.

About BFI NETWORK
Made possible through National Lottery funding, BFI NETWORK exists to discover and support talented writers, directors and producers at the start of their careers. We collaborate with film organisations and leading cultural venues across the UK to provide funding for short films, support for the development of first features, as well as a range of professional and creative development programmes.
Find out more and watch supported work: https://network.bfi.org.uk/ @bfinetwork

About Screen Scotland
Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland. With funding from Scottish Government and the National Lottery, Screen Scotland is driving the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector in Scotland, through enhanced funding, services and support.  Screen Scotland sits within Creative Scotland and is a partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, working in close collaboration with the sector to ensure its success.