Sharp Shorts Year 3

Synopsis: 7-year-old Ailsa grew up with an old island tale, woven by her Mum to explain her Dad’s absence. Beginning to notice the hole in their family, Ailsa bravely sets out to find the truth of her mum’s tale, hoping she can make their hearts whole again.


Writer, Director and Animator: Ana Songel
Producer: Misha McCullagh
Executive Producer: Lauren Lamarr, Nic Crum, Naysun Alae-Carew with Blazing GriffinProduction Manager: Serena Gardner
Post Production Manager: Rebecca Morrow
DOP: Andrew O’Connor
Editor: David HunterSound Design: Heather AndrewsComposer: Mark HendryProduction Design: Erin Hamill
Production Design Consultant: Ryan Clachrie 
Model Maker: Lara Jones
Prop Maker: Kirsteen Lyth
Puppet and Costume Maker: Andrea Casadevall


About Ana Songel

Ana Songel is an award-winning stop-motion director and animator based in Glasgow, Scotland. Three years ago Ana was selected by the micro-budget film scheme Little Pictures run by GMAC Film and Screen Scotland to make her first commissioned stop motion I Miss Hugs, which has recently screened in BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying film festivals. She is currently building her portfolio as a freelance animator and developing her next stop motion film called Beatless, through the Screen Scotland-funded scheme Sharp Shorts.


About Misha McCullagh

Misha is a producer, with interdisciplinary experience in the creative industries. She is a BAFTA Prince William Bursary recipient and a GFF New Talent Mentee. She was selected for Short Circuit’s Producer Accelerator in 2021.

Misha works in association with Blazing Griffin who are executive producers of Misha’s 2022/23 slate. She is currently developing a feature film We Are Not Animals, about Scottish prison reform in the 1980s, directed by Khaled Spiewak, written by RTS winning Stef Smith and with BAFTA winning DOP Alan McLaughlin. She also produced BFI Network short Candy with Sarah Grant which is currently tearing up the festival circuit, with three BAFTA and BIFA qualifying festivals already under its belt and a top prize win at 16 Days 16 Films.

Misha also works as a production coordinator, recently on CBBC’s The Dumping Ground, The Hogmanay Show 2022 and Molly and Mack series 3 & 4. Misha is driven to create work that is bold and vivid, amplifying underrepresented voices whilst diversifying and promoting the wealth of Scottish based talent on and off screen.