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Award Winners Announced For EIFF’s New Visions Short Film Competition The Annual Film Competition For Scottish Youth

15 August 2022

Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced the winners of their film making competition – the New Visions Short Film Competition. The annual competition is open to all 15-25 year olds residing in Scotland and aims to discover the newest voices in Scottish film and celebrate their work on the global stage. 

The competition opened for submissions in Spring. All films were viewed by EIFF’s Youth Advisory Group – a group of local 19-25 year olds who help curate the Festival’s youth programme. They chose a shortlist of 8 films that were then passed to three film industry professionals to decide the winning films.   

The shortlisted films were screened in a special showcase hosted by the Youth Advisory Group on Sunday 14 August at Filmhouse, as part of the EIFF Youth Takeover Day.  The awards were announced after the screening, with the winning film makers on hand to receive their prize and trophy. 

There are three awards. Each winning film making team received a voucher for film making equipment worth £1,500 from Procam Take 2, the leading digital cinematography and motion picture equipment rental facility. 


Pictured: Each winning director received a bespoke trophy, made by young Glasgow based artist Deniz Uster 

Darryl Hewat, Sales Director at Scotland, Procam Take 2 has said “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the EIFF New Visions Short Film Competition 2022. As a company dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers, we are delighted to be supplying equipment rental prizes for upcoming Scottish talent. We look forward to working closely with the winners to help bring their next stories to life.” 

Yvonne Gordon, Head of Community Engagement and Learning at EIFF said “Our New Visions competition has done it again! Despite the challenges of the last two years, talented young people have found a way to be creative and use film in all its forms to tell their stories. I was really impressed by the quality and ambition of the work submitted. Congratulations to all the nominees and to the award winners! I hope they keep on telling their stories and sharing their new visions with us! 

Each winning director received a bespoke trophy, made by young Glasgow based artist Deniz Uster. These one-off artworks were designed in consultation with the Youth Advisory Group, using recycled materials, and include models that reflect key characters and moments from each winning film. 


Pictured Left to right: Laura Wiggett, Eva Magdić Govedarica and Ezra Course

There were awards in 3 categories: 

In the category filmmakers aged 15-18 | Winner: The Fields directed by Ezra Course     

In the category filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made as part of a formal educational course | Winner: The Dead Cat Strategy directed by Laura Wiggett  

In the category filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made independently or as part of an informal course | Winner: Let the sunshine in directed by Eva Magdić Govedarica 

This year’s jury was composed of: 

Laura McBride: Producer at Lothian Films – an Edinburgh based film production company that champions diverse voices and women writers and directors 

Niamh McKeown: Screenwriter & Director 

Chloe Berger: Learning Co-ordinator, BECTU Vision 

Chloe Berger on The Fields “A really visual interesting and daring short film... The film certainly shows the artistic talent of the filmmaker and a clear ability to use the medium to depict emotions. I particularly liked the use of the score (which was brilliant!).” 

Niamh McKeown on The Dead Cat Strategy “The concept is simple, the script is funny, the two leads have great comedic instincts and the overall film is perfectly paced. Overall, I admire the confidence that this film was made with and am looking forward to seeing what the team makes next...” 

Laura McBride on Let the sunshine in “Lovely use of different experimental cinematic techniques to paint a picture of home, belonging and identity. This was the standout film from all submissions for me.”  

About EIFF Youth
EIFF Youth is the youth programme of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, designed to inspire, encourage and develop the next generation of film audiences, film programmers, film writers, film makers and film educators. New Visions Short Film Competitions runs annually as part of EIFF Youth. 

EIFF Youth would like to thank their generous supporters Baillie Gifford, Gannochy Trust, Verden Sykes, Procam Take 2 and the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council, and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported by Creative Scotland.  

EIFF 2022 Festival Theme
In 1972, the Edinburgh International Film Festival presented the first global film event entirely dedicated to the cinematic achievements of female directors, curated by Claire Johnston, Lynda Myles, and Laura Mulvey. Honouring the spirit of this original programme provocation, EIFF’s 2022 Theme will acknowledge the multiplicity and variety of feminisms in contemporary society across our entire programme with a focus on: contemporary directorial works, two large-scale retrospectives, training, and targeted professional programmes. 

About Edinburgh International Film Festival
Inspired by the unique identity of Edinburgh and our love of film, EIFF connects audiences with essential storytellers. Intimate in scale, ambitious in artistic scope, EIFF is your annual celebration of screen, at the heart of a global cultural gathering. On our 75th anniversary, EIFF returns to the Scottish capital’s summer festival season, to centre film as a major art form within this vibrant, cultural conversation and invite audiences, artists, and innovators to imagine new worlds with us. 

EIFF is supported by Screen Scotland, the PLACE Programme (a partnership between the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals), the Scottish Government through the Festivals Expo Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, EventScotland and the British Film Institute. 

The Edinburgh International Film Festival Limited is a company registered in Scotland No: SC132453. It is a subsidiary of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) which is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status with Scottish Charity No. SC006793. The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) currently comprises EIFF, Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen. 

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