Wilma Smith is a filmmaker with over 25 years of experience, making animations as a teenager, she went to Glasgow School of Art (2000) and specialised in making films shot on 16mm. She then switched over to digital filmmaking and by the early noughties, co-wrote and co-directed several zero budget digital features which screened internationally with Four Eyes and My Life as a Bus Stop nominated for the Michael Powell Award at EIFF. She went on to study further and graduated in MA Screenwriting at Screen Academy Scotland (2007). Wilma made a Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap (2016) and enjoys being able to work in all genres of storytelling. During Covid lockdown, she studied animation through Aardman Academy and she was commissioned as writer/director/animator to make stop motion The Jubilee (2021) through Sharp Shorts.
Wilma’s working background is in supporting and teaching through film which includes many years facilitating community arts projects for people of all ages, FE college and university lecturing and prior to joining the Short Circuit team, she was the Filmmakers Programme Manager at GMAC Film, developing new talent through commissioning scheme Little Pictures. She is the Co-vice President of Screen Talent Europe network which promotes international collaborations and filmmaker talent camps.