I FFVF: If the strong line-up of short films. videos and documentaries that made up this year's Ninth Fringe Filth and Video Festival is anything to go by. then the event can surely hold its head high on the international circuit. Around l-l() works were screened at the Edinburgh Filmhouse between lr-S Dec. and many more were available for personal perusal in the adjacent Videotheque to satisfy the tastes of those for whom over 35 hours of innovative programming was not enough.

The final award ceretnony fully reflected the international flavour of the Festival. The Special Jury Award went to Sadie Benning. a twenty-ycar-old American filmmaker whose shorts. shot on a kid's Fisher-Price Camcorder. reveal how much can he done with a little imagination and limited resources; highly commended were Roy

! Andersson’s World OfGIury (Sweden) and Trine Vester's Black And White

City (Denmark). The Lighting and Camcrawork Award (sponsored by

Hammerhead Television Facilities) was

given to N )(m Light 'Iitles (Bulgaria). a

chilling account of the homeless men.

women and children who inhabit

; Sofia‘s tnain railway station. The Most Popular Short Award (sponsored by The Post Office) stayed at home.

however. List writer Stephen Chester‘s life 'n' death 'n‘ rock ‘n‘ roll comedy The Ift‘tlrtt’s‘t'wtt Herb (Ian/en ()flh'al/I was named as the audience favourite. I First Reels: Chester and the aforementioned short also catne runner-

f r if i 1992 F' it RHI: B '.‘t Film if; . Up 0 k m LL \ U i 1 time for the Fund, whose annual

budget of £340,000 is primarily used E for feature film development and short ' drama production, with occasional

the Year (sponsored by Michael Samuelson Lighting Ltd). as did Gary Scott's drama/doc on the world of the comic strip artist. illi't'luteltmge/t) 's Rubm‘np. The winner was (low. a strong debut as writer/director by actor Peter Mullen. Mullen also stars as a man who returns to ‘clean up' his tenement close when his wife is in hospital after having a baby. Beginning with a social security fraudster. his enthusiasm begins to run away. leading eventually to murder. A black comedy crammed with Glasgwegian wit. ('lose illustrates how far the Scottish Film Council/Scottish Television initiative has cotue in a mere two years. Application forms for the third year of the scheme. which closes on 2| Dec. can still be obtained frotn the Scottish Film Council. 7-1 Victoria Crescent Road. Glasgow (ill ()JN. (AM)

. Production Fund, taking over from

3 animation. This year, the Fund enjoyed success with its Tartan Shorts scheme 3 (run in conjunction with BBC

1 Scotland), particularly the DAFTA

, Scotland Award-winning Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life. 1993 also saw

the launch of the Glasgow Film Fund,

investment in a feature film shot in

' Scottish filmmaking talent and the

, interviews with local pupils and

Fund head

students), Television And Young People (which brought 150 young Scots to the 1992 Edinburgh Television Festival for a four-day residential event) and Movie Makars (an annual forum for young screenwriters, who have the opportunity to meet with industry veterans and broadcasting executives). lie is also co-ordinator of the Broadcasting For Scotland Campaign and, although this role is currently under discussion given the SFPF appointment, Dick hopes that his new post will allow him to strengthen

; the input of Scottish film production

into national broadcasting. Another prime area will be the development of Scottish Screen as a means of drawing together the broad spectrum of the Scottish industries.

Dick takes over from Kate Swan, who is returning to independent production after two years as Director of the SFPF. ‘Kate Swan’s work has been invaluable in developing the talents of 2 many Scots writers and producers, concentrating particularly on script ! development and short films,’ said l Allan Shiach, Chairman of the Fund.

j ‘Eddie takes over from Kate with more 1 than fifteen projects in development . . . He is a skilful enabler of others and g as such, he is well qualified to lead a j team which provides opportunity and assistance to our filmmakers. Eddie will also bring to the Fund his

3 strengths in strategic planning,

i training and financial areas so that

; the role of the Fund may be enhanced : within a broader European context.’ !(Alan Morrison)

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Eddie Dick, currently Media Education Officer at the Scottish Film Council, has been appointed as the new Director of the Scottish Film

Kate Swan at the beginning of January 1994. The appointment comes at a key

support for documentaries and

administered by the SFPF, and its first

the Glasgow area - Shallow Grave.

As the SFC’S Media Education Officer, Eddie Dick was instrumental in developing projects which linked

relevent industries. He initiated Strathclyde Tapes (for which major industry figures recorded video


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