GMAC Film announces selected filmmakers for Little Pictures 2021

GMAC Film is thrilled to announce eight new filmmakers and producers for the short film commission programme Little Pictures. 

Little Pictures the micro budget short film programme, which is run by GMAC Film and funded by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland, has just finished the selection process for new and diverse voices on screen in Scotland. Each filmmaker will receive up to £2250 to complete their short films by February 2022 after joining a development programme and production support.

The eight commissioned projects, with 50/50+ commissions by women, range from fiction, documentary, animation and experimental film:

Aqsa Arif with producer Heather BrownSpicy Pink Tea (Experimental/Fiction)
Bonnie MacRae with producers Hannah Hunter and Holly JackAll Up There (Fiction)
Catriona Macleod – Little Lark (Fiction)
Daniel Livingston with producer Sophie CharterWaiting in the Wings (Hybrid)
Derek Anderson with producer Joel Hewett Induction (Fiction)
Dominika Jackowska with producer Gemma LuchaAway from “Home” (Animation/Fiction)
Hannan Jones with producer Karen Kelly – (Experimental/Documentary)
Nazia Mohammad with producer Tabitha MudaliarReturning/Wapasi (Experimental/Fiction)

The filmmakers and producers will receive free training, mentoring and support from GMAC Film to make their first commissioned film. Little Pictures will be supporting them to develop their voice, bring their unique perspectives and experiences into the programme and encouraging them to take creative risks during the making of their films. The programme will provide further support for commissioning and employment opportunities to help kickstart their careers in the Scottish Film industry. 

Paddy Higson CEO of GMAC Film said: “We are delighted to be running the 2nd year of Little Pictures – the first year films are nearly all complete, and are an amazing mixture of experimental, drama, documentary and animation, and will be premiered before long.  So we are really excited to be making a start with the next eight filmmakers and another fantastic mix of projects going forward into production. It is such a privilege to be able to give new filmmakers this opportunity, and we are incredibly grateful to Screen Scotland and the National Lottery for continuing to support GMAC Film and Little Pictures.”

Kieran Hannigan, Head of Scripted at Screen Scotland said: “Little Pictures is a vital programme because it unearths powerful emerging voices. The discovery of such a broad range of talent is exciting not just for this crop of films but for the future of the industry. Once again, we’re thrilled by the diversity and originality of the projects chosen this year. We wish the filmmakers well on their journey and feel certain that the intensive and thoughtful support GMAC provides will make it hugely rewarding.” 

To find out more about Little Pictures Short Film Programme 2021 go to or get in touch with Little Pictures via email [email protected]

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. 

Full information about the history and ethos of GMAC Film please visit 

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