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That time of year again..A look back at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016

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  1. Not long now till we get off our bloated, festive behinds and open up the ESFF for 2017! In the meantime, in true Hogmanay spirit, we always like to have a wee look back at our last edition & it’s fair to say we were pretty pleased with the Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2016.

    Last Autumn, we held 8 nights at the Cameo, Summerhall & the Filmhouse beginning on October 26th at a sold out Filmhouse 2, with our Japanese night - curated for us by our partners at Tokyo’s Short Short Film Festival & Asia!

    We welcomed lots of visiting film-makers from across the world, including Yoko Kubota from Japan whose film Imperative Shift documented the Fukishima disaster, the talented Morgane Becerril brought her Oscar qualifying,New York-set comedy The Session & Farah Nabulsi, from the Lebanon, producer of the docu-drama Today They Took My Son also paid us a visit, along with a host of film-makers from across the UK! We were pleased to host Matthew Martino, of the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, who talked to local film-makers about funding & thanks are also due to Chris Lindsay, BBC screenwriter & graduate of Screen Academy Scotland, who kindly gave our audiences some tips on screenwriting.

    Our other partnerships this year were with the lovely Sardinia Film Festival & the Scottish Documentary Institute, which allowed us to screen some of the best Sardinian shorts of 2016 & to host some terrific contemporary Scottish short docs.

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    We awarded the Rising Star Award to the talented duo behind comedy-drama Duke’s Pursuit, Charlie & Joe Williams, while young Scots writer, XX won our Script Pitch challenge & along with XX is heading to the London Screenwriters Festival 2017!

    We also held 2 nights at our Italian-esque Garden Cinema in the Meadows, thanks to Elsa Boudjema & Fernando Miranda of the Pancake Kiosk for holding the event & screening films to 50 hardy souls over 2 nights.

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    On top of all that, we held around half a dozen interviews, screened 78 films from 23 different countries & entertained 706 people over 8 nights ending with a last night party & some outstanding Retro-Americana, provided by our very own Brimstone & Blake!

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    Paul Bruce
    Paul Bruce is the festival director, a some-time film-maker and an all-time consumer of whisky.

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