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Blog entries by Paul Bruce

We continue our series of filmmaker interviews with the courageous documentary maker, Zeynep Kececiler. Zeynep is a Turkey-based award winning documentary-maker whose Somalia shot documentary, Miro's Journey, an amazing doc about a mother who raises her children by drug dealing in Somalia was screened at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival. We were honoured that Zeynep visited to share her thoughts last year and to discuss her engrossing and provoking documentaries with us. ESFF...
One of our guest curators for our 2019 edition was Paul Stekler, award-winning documentary filmmaker and head of the Doc school at the University of Texas film school. Prof. Stekler’s films have won two Peabody Awards, three du Pont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, three Emmy Awards and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He curated a night of Texan short films and talked to us about politics and filmmaking in a wide ranging interview. Shot and edited by Amanda...
The third in our series of filmmaker interviews features Scottish filmmaker Tom Gentle, who’s powerful adaptation of Alistair Macleod’s short story was screened at the 2019 ESFF and won our award for Best Scottish Short Film. Interview shot and edited by Amanda Rogers of RPP Productions.
Our second filmmaker interview of 2020 is with the award-winning Estonian director Madli Laane who's engrossing coming-of-age drama THREE AUGUST DAYS was featured at last year's Edinburgh Short Film Festival. The film follows a young Estonian girl living in Tallinn during the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and her relationship with a Russian boy, set amid the grinding realities of life in a country in crisis. Filmed and edited by Amanda Rogers at RPP Productions. MADLI LAANE INTERVIEW
The first in our series of filmmaker interviews for 2020 is with Blomme Molenstra, whose comedy short film ON THE ROAD screened at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival. A witty and charming short film, On The Road was a staff favourite from last year and features the wonderful comic creation Automan, following his vigilante traffic solutions! ESFF Interviews: Blomme Molenstra
We're still open for entries for our 2020 edition which is scheduled to run Oct 22 - Nov 8th, Should circumstances change, our intention is to hold the screenings over the first available dates around that period. It's our 10th anniversary edition, with extra screenings & presenting awards for the best films. We're committed to live screenings - so we'll be working hard to ensure we hold the ESFF as soon as we can if our scheduled dates have to be postponed. This year, we're also excited...
Our 10th anniversary special edition! Featuring the best short films of 2020 at international film festivals, AND Presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our juries Regular Deadline: May 24th 2019 This year, we're also excited to be programming films and film partnerships with our 2020 partners: The Adriatic Film Festival Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival Firenze FilmCorti - Florence Puppet Animation Scotland Sardinia Film Festival Budapest Short Film Festival...
The 10th Anniversary edition of the ESFF with more short film screenings in Edinburgh, International Film Festival showcases, trophies, cash prizes and awards! We're also excited to be programming showcases of our best films for our 2020 partners: Adriatic Film Festival Stop Motion Montreal Firenze FilmCorti Sardinia Film Festival Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival and Manipulate Theatre & Animation Festival! Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible...
Edinburgh Short Film Festival interviews director Dan Schwarz about his edgy, dark comedy short 'Ritual' which screened at the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, it's funny, wicked and was a popular entry at the 2019 ESFF! video produced by Amanda Rogers and RPP Productions
Here’s a short video of some of the highlights from the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival! Thanks to all the film-makers who participated and looking forward to seeing your next films, Filmed and edited by the talented and indefatigable Amanda Rogers ESFF 2018 HIGHLIGHTS

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