We are thrilled to share the exciting news that five films supported by our Sharp Shorts scheme will be showcased at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 2023.

As staunch advocates for diverse Scottish voices and emerging talent, we couldn’t be prouder to see these remarkable films making their way to new audiences. Through our support and guidance, we strive to provide a platform for filmmakers from all backgrounds and perspectives, ensuring their stories are heard and celebrated. The selection of these five films at EIFF 2023 reaffirms our commitment to championing diversity within the Scottish film industry.

The following films will be taking part in the Scottish Short Films programme on Sunday 20th August:

A.V. Van Morayo Akandé / Scotland / 2023 / 12 min
Two film-fanatic sisters try to reconnect with their estranged deceased father by selling his vintage porn collection.

BLACKWOOL Eubha Akilade / Scotland / 2023 / 15 min

On her first day at a high school in rural Scotland, a London teenager is targeted for her afro hair by a cocksure class bully and must harness her inner power.

The Möbius Trip
Simone Smith / Scotland / 2023 / 17 min

A road trip pushes a dysfunctional family to the brink after their journey descends into a claustrophobic hallucinatory nightmare.

The Singer
Cora Bissett / Scotland / 2023 / 20 min / British Sign Language, English with English subtitles

In the loud streets of Glasgow, deaf song-writer Joe meets busker Andy. The two learn to communicate over their love of music and realise together they can create something unique.

The following film will screen as part of the Animation Short Films programme on Wednesday 23rd August:

Living With It Holly Summerson / United Kingdom / 2023 / 7 min

Perfectionist Lee must adapt to the imperfect reality of living with an illness – brought to life as a chaotic supernatural flatmate: Bug. A dark comedy animated short about accepting the long-term effects of illness.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival is renowned for showcasing exceptional cinema and bringing together industry professionals, film enthusiasts, and curious audiences from around the world. The inclusion of these supported films in the festival’s programme is an outstanding achievement, signifying the talent and potential of Scottish filmmakers.

From Holly Daniel, Scottish Short Films Programmer:

From the absurd to the poignant, this programme showcases the challenges impacting all generations whether that be in relation to geography, circumstance, grief or good old family dynamics. Across writers, directors, producers, on-screen talent and crews, this exciting mix of films represents the amazing variety of filmmaking talent coming out of Scotland today.

We extend our warmest congratulations to the filmmakers whose works have been selected for EIFF 2023. This milestone is a testament to their hard work, talent, and unwavering passion. We eagerly anticipate the screenings and the opportunity for audiences to experience these compelling stories firsthand.

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