Screening In Scotland: Meet the Filmmakers

Over the last few months Short Circuit has taken five short fiction films from Scotland on tour, highlighting the wealth of diversity and talent that our emerging filmmakers have to offer.

The Short Circuit: Screening from Scotland touring programme has already screened as part of Show Me Shorts film festival in New Zealand and Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland.

Now the programme is coming home to Scotland and will be available on Glasgow Film Festival’s Press and Industry Platform for the duration of the Industry Programme (from Monday 1st – Saturday 6th March).

On Wednesday 3rd of March Short Circuit will be taking over Glasgow Film Festival’s Industry Programme. Industry Pass-holders will have the opportunity to meet the filmmakers whose shorts have featured in our touring programme during our Screening In Scotland event from 4pm-5.30pm. You can read full details about this event and Short Circuit’s Industry Day here.

Below you can find out more about the filmmakers, their shorts and what they’ve most enjoyed about being involved in the touring programme:

Boys Night
Directed by James Price

Synopsis: 12-year-old Reece must brave the mean streets of Glasgow at night in order to shepherd his drunk father home safely in this semi-autobiographical short film. 

Bio: James Price is a self taught screenwriter and filmmaker from the North of Glasgow. His work tends to look at the grittier side of the city through a darkly comic lens.

“I was honoured to have my wee film included in the Short Circuit Film Tour. I’m really chuffed to have Short Circuit getting the film out there and being seen at such amazing festivals alongside short films I’m a massive fan of. My films are all full of patter quite colloquial to Glasgow, so it’s always a real boost when people from other countries see them and enjoy them.”

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Satanic Panic ’87
Directed by Bryan M. Ferguson

Synopsis: It’s 1987 and two metalheads have opened a gateway to hell under the instructions of a satanic aerobics tape.

Bio: Bryan M. Ferguson is a self-taught writer/director from Glasgow. Labelled a “natural descendant of the Cinema of Transgression”, his work is visceral, paradoxically beautiful and disturbing – a juxtaposition of the uncanny and the surreal. His films have been screened at festivals all over the world, showcased on Dazed, Random Acts, BBC iPlayer, Arrow Player, Alter and televised on Film4. He has directed award nominated music videos for established international artists such as Ladytron, Boy Harsher, Arab Strap, Lapsley, Sega Bodega and Fish Narc.

“What I enjoyed about being involved in the Film Tour is the affirmation and excitement of having a film like Satanic Panic ’87 be one of the films that represents Scotland. For many years it felt like only a certain type of film would be the front runner for these things, so having this film as part of the tour shows that Scotland has other voices and shows that unconventional films can be made here. I feel Short Circuit has really jolted new life into the Scottish film industry and it’s just really great to be a part of it.”

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Salt & Sauce
Directed by Alia Ghafar

Synopsis: Working long days in the family chip-shop, Tammy tries to figure out what to do with her life.

Bio: Alia Ghafar is a Writer/Director from Glasgow, whose stories centre on the lives of young people in contemporary Scotland. She graduated from the Film & TV programme at Edinburgh College of Art. Her grad film, Salt & Sauce, premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2017, has screened at over 20 festivals in the UK and internationally and won the Scottish Short Film Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2018. Alia’s next short, Scuzz, will have its online premiere as part of the Scottish Competition at Glasgow Short Film Festival in March 2021.

“Being part of the Short Circuit Film Tour has been a great way to share Salt & Sauce with new audiences and feel connected with them during these times when we can’t be in a cinema together. It’s been brill to screen alongside and do Q&As with some other fantastic Scottish short filmmakers too!”

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Slingshot
Directed by Robin Haig

Synopsis: Highland woman Kath longs to join her village’s battle re-enactment but is thwarted by her annoying younger boss.

Bio: Robin is a Film and TV drama director from the Highlands and regular director of BBC Scotland’s River City. Her stories are rooted in human connection; with self, each other and the land. Her Screen Academy Scotland graduation film Hula won numerous awards including a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and Glasgow Short Film Festival Scottish Audience Award. Her latest short Slingshot is a Scottish Film Talent Network commission. 

“This tour has given the heroine of Slingshot, a Scottish warrior queen called Kath, the opportunity to travel the globe and share her story with many amazing new people. Thank you Short Circuit for this fantastic opportunity, I hope she has inspired audiences to release their inner warrior queens!”

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UFO
Directed by Harvey Gardner

Synopsis: After years of estrangement, two brothers encounter their father living in a mysterious Scottish community. How far are they willing to go to reconnect with someone they barely know?

Bio: Harvey is a writer and director from Glasgow, currently living in Edinburgh. He has recently graduated from the MA filmmaking course at UWS Creative Media Academy, and has had his films Shed and UFO, both centering on the lives of two fictional characters, Stanley and Miles, play at various film festivals, including the London Short film festival, Encounters and the Glasgow Short film festival. In 2020, UFO won the award for Best Postgraduate drama in the UK at the RTS Student awards. 

“I feel so honoured to be part of the first ever ‘Screening from Scotland’, and my favourite thing about it has been having the opportunity to meet and network with various filmmakers from other countries as part of the tour.”