Students, graduates, and staff from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and Screen Academy Scotland will be well represented at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). Directors, producers, animators, and textile designers are all involved in the 70th edition of this world class festival.


Director Siri Rødnes’ short film Grimm Street is funny and touching tale about the imaginative world of a teenage girl, afraid of the wolf at her door and the wheelchair by her bed. The film has already won a BAFTA New Talent Acting Performance award for Sarah Miele. Siri is an ECA Film & TV BA (Hons) graduate and Grimm Street was produced as part of Scottish Film Talent Network’s 2015 Scottish Shorts programme.

Frederik Subei’s documentary, Transit Zone, about the lives of refugees in Calais is going from strength to strength, showing in festivals nationally and internationally. It was recently awarded a Special Jury Mention at one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world, Visions du Reel in Switzerland. Fred is a 2015 graduate of the Film Directing - MA programme.

The award-winning Isabella by director Duncan Cowles (Film & TV – BA [Hons] graduate) and animator Ross Hogg is up for the McLaren Award for New British Animation at EIFF. Isabella is Duncan’s second Creative Scotland commission and has already won the Best UK Short Film 19-25 and the BFI Raw Award at the BFI Future Film Festival in February 2016. Duncan’s previous films have been nominated for a BAFTA New Talent award, a Best British Short at the London Critics Circle Awards 2016 and shortlisted for Channel 4 Innovation in Storytelling. Duncan graduated from the Film & TV – BA (Hons) programme in 2013.

Two ECA graduates also have producer credits at EIFF this year. Stuart Condy (Film & TV – BA [Hons]) is the producer of Where We Are Now; and Anne Milne (Film Directing - MFA) is the producer of Swan. Both films are from the Scottish Documentary Institute’s “Bridging the Gap” initiative.

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The Northleach Horror

And two of our very own Film & TV tutors, David Cairns and Tracey Fearnehough, have films premiering at EIFF this year. Tracey’s Strawberry or Vanilla observes the changing seasons from a vintage ice-cream van on the North Berwick seafront. David’s new film, The Northleach Horror, is a short sci-fi-horror-comedy following the exploits of a deranged scientist called Whitsuntide. 

Current Film & TV – BA (Hons) students are also getting involved behind the scenes in the EIFF.  Mollie Hodkinson, who is in her second year of study at ECA, is working as a registration intern. “I’m learning so much about professional working practice, film contacts, press contacts, the distribution process, and sources of funding,” she said, “Everyone is super friendly, talented and professional, so it is a terrific working environment.”

Glen Shepherd, also in his second year, is a volunteer photographer. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with the film industry and participate in a world class event,” he said, “The wonderful thing about being a photographer is that the role will also allow me to flex my creative muscles, and I hope my contributions will further establish my creative credentials. I look forward to being able to meet new people who are as eager and passionate about film as I am and to see the best of what contemporary cinema has to offer!"


A major respective of work by Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson (Animation – BA [Hons] graduates in 2011 and 2012, respectively) will be shown at this year’s EIFF. The pair have worked on a series of award-winning films together, picking up a McLaren Award each and BAFTA for their debut film along the way. This is a chance to see a collection of their critically-acclaimed films.

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Scene from "Illusions" by Dominica Harrison

One of the largest selections of films by graduates from the Animation programmes will be part of the McLaren Award screenings. These are:

  • The Last Day by Muqing Shu Animation Student – MA, 2015
  • Illusions by Dominica Harrison Animation - BA (Hons), 2016
  • Record Record by Robert Duncan BA (Hons) Animation - BA (Hons), 2016
  • No Place Like Home by Cat Bruce BA (Hons) Animation - BA (Hons), 2011

The McLaren Award screenings are taking place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd June at 4.15pm. Find out more and book your seats on the EIFF website >


To celebrate its 70th edition, the EIFF team have also commissioned an official tartan to represent the festival. Students on the Textiles – BA (Hons) programme at ECA designed a tartan that incorporates the colours of the EIFF logo, and integrates the aspect ratio of 70mm film. Tartan scarfs produced by Bute Fabrics will be available at the Filmhouse Box Office.