We are pleased to announce the inaugural Scottish Delegation to Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute.

Six filmmakers have been selected to join the Scottish Delegation going to Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2023, in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute. This opportunity was open to filmmakers that have taken part in our Sharp Shorts programme or SDI’s Bridging the Gap programme and are currently working on a short film project (in development, production, post-production or distribution).

The selected filmmakers will attend the Short Film Market in Clermont-Ferrand, which is the leading industry event for short films in the world. Between 30th January-3rd February the market brings together 3,600+ accredited visitors yearly from over 80 countries who get access to a catalogue of 7,500 recent titles.

The Market combines physical and digital components to address the needs of the industry, from production to promotion and distribution, in an open, inclusive and responsible environment.  It is the main marketplace for sales, acquisitions and licensing of short films with opportunities on the French, European and international markets. Its ambitious industry programme fosters creativity, co-production and the circulation of works.

Meet the delegates

From Scottish Documentary Institute:

Erica Monde

Erica is a documentary director based in Glasgow. She was recently commissioned by SDI and Screen Scotland through the Bridging the Gap scheme for her film There’s Not Much We Can Do, which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2022. She is co-founder of IMPRINT Documentary Collective and an alumna of the Locarno Industry Academy. She is currently completing her next documentary short, i was born in the month of the moon (what my body told me).

Riad Arfin

I am Riad Arfin, originally from Bangladesh and now based in Scotland. Through films I try to understand the world, different cultures, surroundings and myself. I am currently developing a creative documentary with Scottish documentary Institute. As a filmmaker I tell stories that would play an important role to inspire change.

Steven Fraser

My short animated documentaries Prosopagnosia, What It Feels LikeDix Pix and Coming Out Autistic have screened at many international festivals and won several awards. I create personal work that draws on my own experiences to tell unique, authentic and powerful stories that explore mental health, identity and neurodiversity.

From Short Circuit:

Debora Bottino

Debora is a Less is More and EIFF Talent Lab alumni. Her short I Should Have Loved A Thunderbird Instead (2019) was acquired by Film Movement after gaining BAFTA-qualifying status. Debora was shortlisted for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab, Merky Books Award (Penguin House) and Sharp Shorts Funding Scheme, through which she is currently developing You Land.

Holly Summerson

Holly Summerson is an animator and director who specialises in hand-drawn, mixed media and experimental styles. Her work often explores themes of identity, transformation, and under-represented perspectives. She is currently working on Living With It – a dark comedy short about accepting disability, supported by Sharp Shorts.

Razan Madhoon

Razan Madhoon is a Palestinian writer/director from Gaza based in Scotland. She has a degree in Journalism and experience presenting on Palestinian TV. Razan holds an MA in Film Directing from Edinburgh Napier University (UK). In 2019, Razan started developing the feature, The Good Spirit, with the support of BellRock Screenwriting Residency, funded by Creative Scotland, and took part in CineMart at Rotterdam Film Festival to pitch her script to producers. She also took part in BellRock’s directing workshop led by Guyla Gazdag, Head of Sundance Directors’ Lab. Same year, Razan’s feature script Flowers was also shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Last year, Razan wrote/directed her short film, Go Home, supported by Short Circuit program, funded by Screen Scotland and BFI which screened in over 20 festivals in 9 different countries. This year, Razan started working for the BBC Studios as a TV director on the Scottish series, River City.

We’ll be posting updates from Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival between 30th January-3rd February 2023.  Make sure to connect with us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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