GMAC Film announces selected filmmakers for Little Pictures 2020

GMAC Film is delighted to announce eight selected filmmakers for the new short film commission programme Little Pictures.

Little Pictures micro budget film programme is run by GMAC Film and funded by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland has just completed the selection process for diverse and new voices on screen in Scotland. Each filmmaker will receive up to £2K to complete their short films in 2021 after joining a three month long development programme.

Originally intended to be six filmmakers commissioned, and 50/50+ commissions by women, the eight commissioned projects range from fiction, documentary, animation and experimental film:

  • Ana Songel – I Miss Hugs (Animation)
  • Lipa Hussain - The Interpreter (Fiction)
  • Strath Martin – Unseen (Fiction)
  • Matthew Hickman - Stop the World (Fiction)
  • Caitlin McMullan - First Step: Swim (Experimental)
  • Helen Cuinn - The Queens Speech (Experimental)
  • Amparo Fortuny - The Way I Welcome You (Documentary)
  • Maria Craig - Killing Myself Laughing (Documentary)


Little Pictures will support the new filmmakers to develop their voice to bring their unique experience and background into the programme and to take creative risks in their first films.

Little Pictures filmmakers will receive free training, mentoring and support from GMAC Film to make their first commissioned film. The programme will provide further support for commissioning and employment opportunities to help kickstart their careers in the Scottish film industry.

You can find more about the Little Pictures Short Film Programme 2020 at or by getting in touch with Little Pictures on [email protected].

Paddy Higson CEO of GMAC Film says: “We are truly delighted to have been commissioned by Screen Scotland to run this initiative, and to have received so many wonderful applications from all over Scotland from our target groups. The projects were so good that we couldn't restrict them to six, and we were delighted that Screen Scotland agreed, and so we decided on eight. A brilliant mix of talented independent filmmakers have been commissioned to make the first series of films of all genres, a mix of documentary, fiction and animation, a genuinely eclectic group of people and work which, I for one, am very happy to be associated with.”

Jennifer Armitage from Screen Scotland said: “The incredible variety of viewpoint, style and perspective revealed in this fantastic line up of new projects by emerging filmmakers is very exciting. We are committed to providing new routes into the industry for people of all backgrounds and Little Pictures is a vital part of this ongoing work.”

About GMAC Film

Established as a charity in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for all people interested in film, regardless of age, background or income. Our mission is to empower young people and adults by enabling them to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to realise their ambitions in film or elsewhere in the creative industries. GMAC Film is a skills and talent development hub for independent filmmakers, young people and professionals working in film.

GMAC Film seeks to empower people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in projects free at the point of delivery so that low income is never a bar to taking part.  We actively reach out to and recruit from communities, including young carers, cared for people, BAME, LGBTQI+, asylum seekers, people with disabilities and people living in the top 20% areas of multiple deprivation.

As a membership organisation GMAC Film provides a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment to promote knowledge and appreciation of the creative sector and what it can do for the confidence, knowledge and ambition of those who wish to become involved in it, allowing each voice to be heard.

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