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Shortlist announced for short film competition

Words: Allan Radcliffe

Five finalists have been selected for One Minute Wonder, The List and Metro Ecosse’s competition to track down the best new film writing talent. Back in January, aspiring writers with a passion for film were asked to submit a short script based on the theme, ‘WILD!’ Three months and over 100 entries later, the five-strong panel of List film editor Paul Dale, Oscar Askin of Metro Ecosse, award-winning writer-director Adrian Mead and actress-director Alison Peebles and EIFF short film programmer Matt Lloyd, were faced with the task of drawing up a shortlist.

‘WILD!’ has inspired an eclectic final quintet of imaginative scenarios. Kinross-shire finalist Andy Brogan’s Wild Things grew from the idea of wild creatures, eventually focusing on a person who keeps butterflies pinned in a glass. Martin Richmond, a poet, short story writer and incurable romantic living in Falkirk, submitted a treatment based on his experiences of working as a prison officer, entitled Life Gets You Down. A documentary about the US military in Bavaria sparked off Glasgow-based writer Emily Munro’s piece, Training, which seeks to remind people that war begins at home.

Call of the Wild by Charles Watson, a screenwriting student from Edinburgh, was inspired by seeing two guys staring at a girl on a bus. Last but not least, animator Gill White’s I Was A Honky Lover arose from the idea of living a wild life without necessarily remembering to breathe out.

Metro Ecosse, Scotland’s leading live events and broadcast production company will now make all five of these treatments into one-minute films. The resulting shorts will be screened for the first time at a special event at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse on Friday 27 July. The competition’s overall winner will also be announced at that event, the victor receiving an iBook with full filmmaking facilities while all those who made the top 10 will receive a bag of assorted media related goodies. The judges would also like to commend all the writers who entered the competition but particularly those whose work was so good that they almost made the grade, notably Ian Low with his surreal script The Hirsute of Happiness, Peter Goldsack with zombie flick A Bloody Cigarette, Lisa Marie Baruffati and her romantically derailed A Wild Decision, Paul Kelly and his polemical drama Gracja and finally Ben Heckling with comic doggie tale Wendy I Love Danielle.

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