Director’s Spotlight: MADE IN SCOTLAND – Scottish Short Films

Collage of images of short filmmakers included in the Made in Scotland programme at Femspectives 2020.

Celebrating local filmmaking talent, MADE IN SCOTLAND will close Femspectives 2020 with a bang! Read on to meet the incredibly talented filmmakers on the bill.

One of the most popular events at the inaugural Femspectives festival in 2019, was the short film programme Feminisms & Activism // A Call to Action.

All seven films in the programme were made in Scotland and crossed the lines between visual storytelling and feminist activism. Some told fictional stories that were very much based on real-life experiences, others were documentaries and self-reflective essay pieces.

Overall, the programme showed the rich local talent we have in Scotland and the breadth of work womxn are producing here.

Inspired by the incredible success of this event, we decided to close the second edition of Femspectives film festival with yet another short film programme celebrating local filmmakers!

MADE IN SCOTLAND (Sunday, 23 Feb, 7.30 pm) consists of five short films by local filmmakers:

  • MEET ME BY THE WATER, Raisah Ahmed 2016 | 15′
  • BODY OF WATER, Annie Crabtree 2018 | 18′
  • GLUE, Eleanor Capaldi 2019 | 5′
  • MY BIG BEATING VOICE, AMINA with Lena Abbas 2018 | 17′
  • DUCK DAZE, Alison Piper 2019 | 15′

Let’s shine a light on the talented filmmakers on the bill:

Raisah Ahmed

Portrait of filmmaker Raisah Ahmed

Raisah Ahmed is a Scottish Asian Muslim Writer/Director based in Glasgow, Scotland. She began her career as a screenwriter before moving into directing. She is currently in development with Film4 with her first feature film and has worked with the Scottish Film Talent Network, Film4, BBC The Social, BBC Scotland, CBeebies and Working Title.

Find out more here.

Annie Crabtree

Portrait of filmmaker Annie Crabtree

Annie Crabtree is an artist based in Glasgow and works with moving image to examine politics of and on the body. She blends the aesthetics of video diary, documentary and educational videos.

Her practice is often research-based, situated in theories of feminist geopolitics (the embodiment of politics within everyday lives) and emotional geographies (understanding of emotion in terms of social and spatial articulation).

Find out more here.

Eleanor Capaldi

Portrait of filmmaker Eleanor Capaldi

Eleanor Capaldi is a writer/director based in Glasgow. Eleanor graduated with an MLitt in Film and Television Studies from the University of Glasgow, and is a member of the BFI Weekender programme.

Eleanor’s written work includes journalism for The Skinny, fiction published by Gutter Magazine, The Interpreter’s House, and in anthologies including Queering the Map (Knight Errant Press), and short films Pull and Glue. Both films have been made independently, by a majority LGBTQ cast and crew.

Amina with Lena Abbas

Film still of My Big Beating Voice

Amina is an award-winning organisation, recognised by Muslim communities and key partners within Scotland for its pioneering and responsive approach to addressing key issues and needs of Muslim women.

Amina offers a range of tailored support services on a one to one basis eg national ‘listening ear’ helpline which also offers Islamic advice through a scholar, employability guidance, befriending, as well as through peer group support eg violence against women ‘self-healing’ workshops, refugee work to support the integration of people new to Scotland.

Find out more here.

MY BIG BEATING VOICE is a collaboration with artist Lena Abbas.

Alison Piper

Portrait of filmmaker Alison Piper

Alison Piper is a Glasgow based writer/director, drawn to bold stories of activism and social change, particularly stories inspired by women.

Alison’s work has screened in the Scottish Parliament, and at UK and International Film Festivals including the BFI London Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her award-winning film ‘Free Period’ campaigns for access to free sanitary products in schools and was acquisitioned by BBC iPlayer in 2019. Alison’s latest short film ‘Duck Daze’ was funded by BFI NET.WORK and developed as part of the Scottish Film Talent Network’s 2018 New Talent Scheme.

Find out more here.

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