Since graduating in June 2014, I have been working as a freelance, self-shooting filmmaker / videographer, working on promotional videos and live music sets, and continuing to make documentaries.
My graduation short documentary, A Wee Night In, about my 95 year old grandmother, has had a successful film festival run so far, and is continuing to play in festivals internationally.
It was selected for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where it was nominated for Best Student Documentary, and was one of only 81 films selected for the American Film Institute’s AFI DOCS festival in Washington DC.
Thanks to Creative Scotland’s Festival Attendance funding, I was able to attend both IDFA and AFI DOCS, which was an invaluable experience for me and has broadened my outlook as a documentary filmmaker. As a recent graduate, still finding my feet, it was a huge privilege to see, first-hand, the reactions from international audiences in packed cinemas to a seemingly small Scottish story. The funding also allowed me to attend the IDFA Academy, which organises workshops and training programmes for both students and more experienced filmmakers.
A Wee Night In had its Scottish premiere at the Glasgow Short Film Festival in March, and has gone on to play at the Ukraine International Documentary Festival (Kiev), Moscow International Documentary Film Festival, CNEX Documentary Film Festival (Taipei, Taiwan) and, most recently, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Here it received a Special Mention at ‘Shorts: Growing Up, Getting By’, a showcase of the best emerging work from the UK film academies curated by MSc students at the University of Edinburgh.