AWARDS 2019

We’re delighted to announce our awards and prizes for our 2019 edition AND the winning films from the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival:

BEST FILM AWARD 2018:
FAUVE by JEREMY COMTE

BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD 2018:
WICKED GIRL by AYCE KARTAL

BEST SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD 2018:
BLUE CHRISTMAS by CHARLOTTE WELLS

We’re delighted to announce our new awards structure for the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival!

We’re offering a clutch of new awards and prizes for film-makers from the films selected for exhibition at our 2019 edition including cash prizes, industry opportunities, trophies, film festival invitations and one of our rather lovely trophies in association with our partners for 2019,
Puppet Animation Scotland

 BEST FILM AWARD

To be awarded to the director of the overall best film exhibited at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.

Eligibility: Any director(s) will be eligible from the films selected for exhibition at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
Prizes: £400 Cash award, film festival invitations, inclusion on curated programmes for our festival partnerships and the Best Film trophy.
Winners will also receive a free InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine, which is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.

Judges: The winner will be selected by the ESFF Festival selection committee by secret ballot, guest judges from our friends at the Smalls Film Festival in London, as well as film festival jury members from our international partnerships.

BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD

To be awarded to the director(s) of the best animated film selected for exhibition at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
The award will aim to recognise and celebrate significant creative and technical innovation and control.

Eligibility: Any director(s) of an animated short film selected for exhibition at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival will be eligible.
Prizes: £250 Cash Prize, film festival invitations, invitation to attend the manipulate visual theatre and animation festival, inclusion on curated programmes for our festival partnerships and the Best Film trophy.

Judges: The winner will be selected by a panel of industry judges headed by Simon Hart, director of Puppet Animation Scotland.

BEST SCOTTISH SHORT FILM AWARD

To be awarded to the director of the overall best film produced and shot in Scotland, exhibited at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.

Eligibility: Any director(s) will be eligible from the films selected for exhibition at the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, whose film was produced and shot in Scotland,

Prize: £200 Cash award, film festival invitations, inclusion on curated programmes for our festival partnerships and the Best Film trophy.

Judges: The winner will be selected by the ESFF Festival selection committee by secret ballot,as well as film festival jury members from our international partnerships.

2018 JURY PANEL 

Aleks Dimitrijevic
Freelance Film Programmer & Film Events Producer

Aleks Dimitrijevic was born in Belgrade, Serbia and studied Film and Entertainment Management at universities in the UK, the U.S. and Australia. After working in advertising and content for 12 years, Aleks spent two years as the International Producer of The Smalls Film Festival, where she put together 3 editions of their short film festival in London and Singapore. She has also led the launch of The Smalls Film Fund, a £25k grant for filmmakers to create groundbreaking short films. This year, Aleks programmed The Smalls Film Festival and was part of the Production team at Sheffield Doc/Fest. She is currently working on the BFI London Film Festival Events Team producing Screen Talks – in-depth interviews with leading directors and actors in contemporary cinema.

Jen Skinner
Director of Screen Argyll

Jen has been working in film exhibition from the last 17 years, from managing an independent cinema through to developing the film education programme at the National Media Museum. In 2015 Jen started a community cinema on the Isle of Tiree. Building on the success of Screen Tiree, Screen Argyll has been created to support and grow all forms of cinema and film activity in Argyll. Providing opportunities to connect remote communities through film and supporting venues to engage with the widest audience.

Maria Datch
Chair DC Independent Film Festival (Washington DC)

Maria Datch is a DC native, with degrees in the performing arts, literature and visual media. Over the last 20 years, she has held directorial positions in PR and Development for arts organizations such as Chicago’s ERC and Organic Theatre and Baltimore’s Theatre Project, in production for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, PBS, and independent and studio film/video productions in the mid atlantic and Chicago, and has freelanced in casting, production management, publicity, fundraising and special events.

Aidan Stanley
Filmmaker and International Liaison Director for the Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland.



Aidan Stanley was born in Cork and educated there before leaving for Canada and the US.
He graduated from the University of Maryland with a Fine Arts degree and returned to Ireland to work as a producer/presenter with the national broadcaster, RTE.
Amongst the work he is most proud of, he would include his first television documentary called The Butter Road and a radio play by Enda Walsh entitled Four Big Days in the Life of Dessie Banks.
If he was asked to describe what gets him out of bed every day, it would be that I try to observe and listen as best I can. And then react.

Jim Ross
Managing Editor, TAKE ONE Magazine

Jim is the Managing Editor and co-founder of TAKE ONE Magazine (takeonecinema.net), which covers festival and independent cinema year-round across the world. He has served on the Cambridge Film Festival submissions panel for short and feature films since 2011 and is a former Deputy Director of Cambridge African Film Festival. Beyond TAKE ONE he has written about film for a number of publications and websites including Little White Lies and hosted a fortnightly radio show on Cambridge 105FM from 2011-2013.

Carys Evans
Festival Coordinator, Edinburgh Short Film Festival

As the ESFF Festival Coordinator, Carys Evans contributes to curating the festival’s film programme, alongside coordinating juries, workshops and special events. She has supported the curation and production of a number of Scottish independent film festivals, and was a member of the Industry Events team for the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Simon Hart
Artistic Director of Puppet Animation Scotland

For the past thirty years Simon has enjoyed a busy, successful and varied career in the arts. Initially working as a classical singer following studies at the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Music, Simon also taught singing at RADA, and Queen Margaret and Aberdeen Universities. After also completing acting training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Simon appeared in many leading roles at, among others, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Wolsey Theatre, Scottish Opera, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Dundee Rep Theatre, as well as on TV.

At present Simon is the artistic director of Puppet Animation Scotland, championing puppetry, visual theatre and animation nationally and internationally primarily through the organisation’s s two national festivals, the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and the Puppet Animation Festival.