It is well known that Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduate films excel in the industry, winning BAFTAs, RTS Awards and awards at international festivals. So, there’s no surprise that some of our Film students, graduates and staff are screening their films at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

Inaugurated in 1947, the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, EIFF is the world's longest continually-running film festival, with an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation.

A total of eleven films directed by past and present students and staff will be playing this year, including nine documentaries directed by MFA Film Directing students and graduates.

Becoming Animal Emma Davie ECA Film and Television
Emma Davis
Becoming Animal

""We’re extremely proud of the number of films screening from graduates, current students and staff in Film at Edinburgh College of Art.""

Emma Davie, ECA Programme Director, Film Directing MFA/MA

Short films that will be screened include:

  • Some of These Days by Vincent Förster, MFA Film Directing
  • Salt & Sauce by Alia Ghafar and Clara Mumford-Turner, BA Film and Television graduates
  • Nights Out by Li Gong, MFA Film Directing
  • I Don’t Want To Call It Home by Lea Luiz de Oliveira, MA Film Directing graduate
  • Homage to Kobane by Soran Qurbani, MA Film Directing graduate
  • Dogma by Francesco Rufini, MFA Film Directing
  • Winter With Umma by Suhyun Song, MFA Film Directing
  • My Head in The Mountain by Anna Stoltzman, MFA Film Directing. 
  • These Are My Hands by Ania Urbanowska, BA Film and Television, graduate and former studio assistant.

Piripkura, co-directed by Renata Terra and Bruno Jorge, and produced by Mariana Oliva - MFA Film Directing, will be one of the feature documentaries at this year's EIFF. Mariana has already won the Amsterdam Human Rights Award at IDFA and her film is now screening in cinemas in Brazil, winning the Best Documentary at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

Salt and Sauce Alia Ghafar and Clara Mumford-Turner ECA
Alia Ghafar & Clara Mumford-Turner
Salt and Sauce
Mariana Oliva Piripkura ECA Film
Mariana Oliva

Emma Davie, Programme Director of MFA/MA Film Directing at ECA, is up for Best Documentary this year with her feature Becoming Animal, co-directed by Peter Mettler. Currently, the documentary feature is screening at various European Festivals and has been nominated for Best Feature at CPH: Dox, Documenta Madrid, Docs Against Gravity, Poland and other festivals.

Also up for Best Documentary is the feature Time Trial, directed by Finlay Pretsell from the Scottish Documentary Institute and edited by former ECA student, Kieran Gosney. The documentary feature was also shot by former ECA students Martin Radich and Julian Schwanitz.

The 2018 EIFF runs from 20 June - 1 July.

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