We’re partnering with Cinetopia for an evening to celebrate some of this year’s Scottish success stories.

Join us on 7th December, from 7.30-10pm, at Traverse Theatre Bar in Edinburgh to hear from a panel of talented filmmakers and industry professionals who have made incredible achievements in the past couple of years and saw their work recognised both here in Scotland and around the world.

From David Macpherson’s first season of The Rig launching on Amazon Prime, to Adura Onashile’s first feature, GIRL, premiering at Sundance and Glasgow Film Festival, to Jen Davies’ success in co-founding CONIC distribution which now represents some of the world’s most critically acclaimed & daring new international films on the festival circuit, our panel will take you through their paths to success in film, what obstacles they have overcome and what inspires them to keep going.

All are welcome. The event is free to attend. PLUS, as an added festive treat, complimentary drinks will be served.

If you have any access needs, such as a BSL-interpreter, please get in touch with abbie.clark@glasgowfilm.org to discuss how we can support you.


Where & When

Traverse Theatre Bar

10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

Access information for Traverse Theatre can be found here.

7th December 7.30-10pm

Order of Events

7.30 pm – Doors Open

8.00 pm – Panel Discussion

9.00 pm – Networking

Attendees are welcome join at any point in the evening.

Our Panellists

David Macpherson is a writer from the Highlands, now living in Edinburgh. His debut show THE RIG premiered on Amazon Prime in January 2023. Filmed exclusively in Leith’s First Stage Studios, the sci-fi infused eco-thriller was broadcast in over 200 territories around the world and topped the Amazon UK listings for 4 consecutive weeks. David has a number of other TV projects in development and a second series of THE RIG is currently in post-production. Before making his breakthrough in TV, David self-published a novel, ‘Here Be Dragons’, and took his solo spoken word show ‘Odes to Joy’ to the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.

Adura Onashile, Director, GIRL is an award-winning filmmaker and Theatre Artist. In 2020, she wrote and directed her screen debut, EXPENSIVE SHIT, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2020 and was BAFTA nominated. Her debut feature, Girl, written and directed by Adura, premiered at Sundance Festival 2023 as part of the World Dramatic Competition and was the opening film at Glasgow Film Festival 2023. She is a screen star of tomorrow and has been a member of BBC writers’ room. She played the title role, Medea in the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International festival 2022 acclaimed production. Previously she has written and directed two productions, HeLa and Expensive S**t for The Edinburgh fringe festival, winning a Fringe First, Edinburgh Guide Best Scottish Contribution to Drama and TOTAL and Amnesty nominations. Both shows toured nationally and internationally supported by the British Council.

Jen Davies is the co-founder of Conic – a UK/Ireland film distributor which launched in October 2022. Prior to this, Jen spent a decade as Creative Director at classic film company Park Circus with various side hustles in design, book scouting for film and movie marketing. Before that she worked for Glasgow Film as Head of Communications and Marketing and was also part of the team that set up SQIFF, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival. Jen loves films, stories, pictures, interesting ideas and making things happen.



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