Lights, Camera, Action! – The Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2019 kicks off tonight

Hosting film-makers from across the globe, the 2019 Edinburgh Short Film Festival gets underway tonight, with the sellout first programme ‘Out of Frame’ at the Filmhouse starting at 8:45pm. 

The ever growing festival started off as the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and since then has evolved into a landmark event for the capital. Featuring everything from the first film made in Somalia in 20 years, to short films smuggled out of China and Iran, as well as Oscar nominated shorts from around the world. The ESFF is dedicated to providing Edinburgh and Scotland with a vibrant short film festival that is about creating film communities and encouraging the production and screening of artistic work within local and international networks.


Photo credit: Edinburgh Short Film Festival


Paul Bruce, the Festival Director has been hard at work getting things in order for tonight’s opening. “Next year is the 10th anniversary so it’s been going for quite a while now.” Bruce says.

“The response has been great. We’re sold out tonight at the Filmhouse and close to selling out this weekend at Summerhall. Edinburgh has a great filmgoing audience and we very much like having them along”.

“This year is special, we’ve got 11 nights and we’re screening some of the best short films internationally and across the UK and even a lot of Scottish short films as well”.

“You see some outstanding short films and outstanding work. I think one of the best aspects is  meeting a lot of the film-makers that come to visit. You meet people from all over the world. We’ve had people from the States, Australia, Japan and finding out how they make their films and meeting them in person is very exciting”.  

“It’s nice to meet people from across Europe and internationally that put on films and short films for audiences, finding out a little bit from them, exchanging cultures and creating Scottish films for overseas audiences. I get a big kick from it.”

ESFF 2019 Trailer from RPP PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

However, Bruce explains it’s not an easy task to put on such a large event:

“Each year we get something like 1,500 to 1,600 short films and you have a selection committee where each film is watched twice, and if a film gets recommended by two people on the committee then it goes onto a long list and from there you watch them again and create a short list. From there you’re kind of balancing programmes so that you have enough comedy, documentary, animation, drama and so on. It’s a long process, it takes around 6 months”.

“There’s a lot of really good films. There’s some amazing animation from Taiwan called ‘Goldfish’ that’s really good. Some Scottish drama with ‘In the Fall’ by Tom Dental. We’ve also got The Oscar winner ‘Skin’ – that’s a remarkable piece of work”.

A free pre-launch networking event is being held tonight at Brewdog in Festival Square from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, before the first show.

For more information about the events visit the festival’s website Or stay updated on recent announcements on their Facebook page at

Tickets are available on the ESFF website here

New Scottish festival is ‘not replacing’ T in the Park


The organiser of a new Scottish music festival, TRNSMT, has told BBC Newsbeat he is “not trying to replace” T in the Park. With both festivals being coordinated by Geoff Ellis, he maintains they can run parallel to each other in a complementary way.

The festival-goer favourite celebrated its 22nd anniversary last year, however 2017 sees T in the Park taking a hiatus.

Instead, TRNSMT will run for its first year in Glasgow Green from 7-9 July. Dubbed as T in the Park’s sister festival, so far the line-up includes acts such as Kasabian, The 1975, Radiohead and Biffy Clyro.




3029564_f4d0eb8eT in the Park will not run in 2017


Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Ellis said, “I don’t think you can replace T in the Park.”

“TRNSMT is on the same weekend that T in the Park would traditionally have been on, but I think that is where the similarities end. One is an urban, city centre event and the other is a rural camping event.”

“Next year maybe we’ll run a camping festival and have TRNSMT in the city centre as well.”

Geoff Ellis also told Newsbeat he is annoyed with the difficulties T in the Park has experienced, but they are “water under the bridge” now.

The festival that has ran for over two decades has been called off this year after problems with planning permission, transport links and the site at Strathallan Castle.

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