Screening at Your First Film Festival – East End Film Festival

content-1_1024As I write this I am preparing to get on the 22:45 sleeper bus to London where I will be attending the East End Film Festival as someone who actually has a film screening at the festivities. It is a very strange feeling. When we were shooting Take It Back and Start All Over in December 2013 I had no idea where the journey would take us. If we were very lucky I thought that we might get into some small local festival or at the very least I would be able to host a screening in the Banshee here in Edinburgh but at no time did I even consider getting the film into a festival of the magnitude of East End. Read more of this post

INTERMISSION – Short Film Night – Edinburgh – July 3rd



Brought to you by our contributor Lauren Clarke and her team. Intermission is a short film night featuring intervals. The programme will showcase local and international shorts, and emerging animators from ECA.

Intermission is about the space in between films. In the era of everyone being connected virtually, Intermission intends to reach out to people wanting real, social encounters using film as the starting point.

Tickets Available via Eventbrite here.

Short Film Screening & Networking Night: Monday 18th May

Boat Matte Painting Balmoral Under WaterWrite Shoot Cut returns to the Filmhouse on Monday 18th May at 6.15pm with a fantastic line up of short films. We are absolutely delighted to offer up an eclectic mix of drama, documentary, surrealism, innovation and the funniest TV pilot since the League of Gentlemen.

Write Shoot Cut is presented by Screen Education Edinburgh in partnership with Filmhouse and is a platform dedicated to celebrating and showcasing short independent film from Scotland and beyond.

This month we have five short films either made by or featuring Scottish-based talent. Everything from surreal comedy to political documentary to post apocalyptic Edinburgh and intimate Glasgow.

Each film will be followed with a Q&A with the filmmakers involved, giving the audience the chance to enjoy what they see and gain an insight into the creative process. Read more of this post

March Open Mic Night – 9th March Line-Up

WSC Open March sWe return to the Banshee Labyrinth on March 9th for another open mic film night of screenings, pitches and networking.

We have an eclectic line up this month mixing drama, documentary and experimental film alongside a couple of live pitches.

LINE UP (please note the names below are the people who submitted, not necessarily the directors)

  1. Craig-James Moncur – The Babysitter – Short Film
  2. Kelly Love – Diabhal – Short Film
  3. Adam Harper – Sanctuary – Short Film
  4. Robert Davidson – The Hedgehog Lady – Pitch
  5. Toasted Motion Films – The Butler and the Fool – Short Film
  6. JOSE ANGEL GUIMERA – GIRA (turn) – Short Film
  7. Glass Bullet Pictures – The Legend of Black Diamond – Feature Film Trailer
  8. Lewis Forfar – Playing God – Short Film
  9. Ryan Henderson – DRIFT – Short Film
  10. Rachel McBrinn & Alison Piper – A Lower Volume – Short Film
  11. Brydon Graham – Pink Out – Short Film

Write Shoot Cut is dedicated to supporting and promoting local filmmaking through our website and events. The open mic night will be an excellent opportunity for you to see what’s going on locally, as well as getting a chance to meet like-minded people  and potential collaborators. So come along and get involved.

Monday 9th March at the Banshee Labyrinth (map)
Doors open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm. 
There is a door charge of £2 for everyone; audience and filmmakers.
It’s first come, first served too, so get there early. Even if you are screening and you don’t turn up on time, there’s no guarantee you’ll get a seat!

March Open Mic Night: Call For Submissions

WSC Open March sWe return to the Banshee Labyrinth on March 9th for another open mic film night of screenings, pitches and networking.

Call for Submissions! 

Although it is open mic, you still need to submit your film to register (specific call outs will be made for these events), like any open mic night you need to book a slot. We only have two hours and so we are assigning slots on a first come, first served basis.

There are two kinds of slots:

  • Films: 10 minutes and under – can be short film, music video, web series trailer, anything really.
  • Pitches: this is a 10 minute slot to speak to the audience, pitch your script, film, yourself, your crowdfunding campaign etc…. if this includes a promo video then that time comes out of the ten minutes.

There are a few rules in terms of the open mic nights:

  1. To screen you have to show up. If you don’t show up we pull the film.
  2. You must present your film and then partake in a Q&A afterwards.
  3. If you are doing a pitch we cannot show PowerPoints/Slide shows, only video content.
  4. Films must be submitted as a downloadable Vimeo link. No other transfer/method is accepted.
  5. Entry to the event is £2 for both filmmakers and audience members.

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Take It Back and Start All Over Screening at Filmhouse 23rd February

medium.5974_524176395_TakeItBack_02.scaledTake It Back and Start All Over is the debut feature film from Edinburgh-based writer/director and creator of the Write Shoot Cut platform, Neil Rolland. Shot in 5 days on a budget of £1000 by a team of professional Scottish filmmakers, it is part of a new movement in Scotland called Tartan Features.

Take It Back and Start All Over is a relationship drama with music following 33 year old mum Jennie, who attempts to recapture her past as a successful singer/songwriter while dealing with a marriage that is falling apart.

Starring a host of fresh new Scottish acting talent including newcomer Kerri Clarence, who gives a strong central performance in the role of Jennie, alongside established talent such as Kate Dickie (Red Road, Game of Thrones) and Robert Williamson (Outlander, Skeletons). Read more of this post

Rescheduled: Open Mic Night – Monday 26th January

WSC OpenFollowing technical difficulties on the 19th we are now delighted to be able to host our Open Mic Night this coming Monday 26th January at 7.30pm at the Banshee Labyrinth.

There will be no door charge but instead a tip jar so you can pay what you feel or not at all, either is completely fine.

The line up is subject to change as we attempt to bring filmmakers back and there may be some slots available so keep an eye out on our Facebook group and on Twitter.

I’ll be making a couple of announcements about Write Shoot Cut and about the Tartan Features Film Festival.

Monday 26th January, 7.30pm at the Banshee Labyrinth (Map).
Free Entry (tip jar in place) and it’s first come first served.

Hopefully see you there!

  1. No Set Door Price – Alex Harron – Documentary Short
  2. Silent is the Crow by Birdhead – Arpeggio Pictures – Music Video
  3. Hunger is Not A Game – Shauna Rothery – Pitch
  4. IndiaScapes – Neil Hartop – Timelapse
  5. The Lads – Andrew Pettle – Short Film
  6. Judas Goat – Pavel Shepan – Web Series
  7. Wolf Pact – Ansgar Hoeckh and Bianca Herold – Pitch
  8. Workhouse Press – Sam Arksey – Documentary
  9. Cleek – CalyRose Productions – Pitch
  10. The Dark of Day – Simon Fox – Pitch
  11. Star Bright (Song of Silence) by Teresa Winter – Ralph Pritchard and Sarah Hill – Music Video

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