This Festival Stop Motion Montreal program includes eleven short films made by Scottish artists since the beginning of the millennium.

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Program 11: 10th anniversary of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival
Running time: 65 min

0) Festival intro video, 0:00, 2020

0) ESFF intro video, 1:00, 2020


1) Narcissism of Small Differences, Darryl Hutchinson, 5:00, 2007, no dial

This film starts at: 01:09

The relationship between a man and his own shadow.

- Student film from ECA (Edinburgh College of Art)

ABOUT: Darryl Hutchinson:


2) Out on The Tiles, Anna Pearson, 3:00, 2010, no dial  (Mature content)
This film starts at: 06:06

A comical observational stop motion animation following a drunken woman in her endeavour to sneak a drag from her precious last cigarette.

Winner of BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Award
Graduation film from ECA (Edinburgh College of Art)

ABOUT: Anna Pearson:

3) All that Glisters, Claire Lamond, 7:30, 2012, VOE
This film starts at: 9:20

As Clare moves from childhood, she strives to create a personal way of dealing with her Dad‘s illness from asbestosis. All That Glisters is a stop-motion adaptation of a short story by Scottish author Anne Donovan.

ABOUT: Claire Lamond:

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012 having been a youth worker before this. The two paths have intertwined now as I run animation workshops in whatever community or setting wants to share and develop their stories with me.

4) Cleaning in Progress, Grant Holden, 6:30, 2018, VOE
This film starts at: 16:50

Working in a car park, tensions arise between a naïve, young cleaner and his old-timer talking brush in their differences of approach and attitude where ultimately, one cannot do their job without the other.
Official Selection Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film 2019 - Student Film Competition.

ABOUT: Grant Holden:

Grant Holden is a Scottish filmmaker specialising in stop-motion character animation. Graduating with a First Class BA(hons) in Animation from Edinburgh College of Art, he has been successful in film competitions both during and prior to his studies. His graduation film, 'Cleaning in Progress', was selected for 35 international film and animation festivals, including Zagreb Animafest and Edinburgh International Film Festival. He was nominated for the Royal Television Society Scotland Student Awards in 2019 where he went on to win the Animation category.

5) Etude, Anna Hazel Leszczynska, 4:00, 2011, no dial (Mature content)
This film starts at: 23:22

The story of Moths, a young pianist, and a cat with a fondness for cigarettes.

ABOUT: Anna Hazel Leszczynska:

Studied animation at Edinburgh College of Art (BA); Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I'm a freelance 2D animator living in Edinburgh, Scotland (but my impossible name comes from Poland). As well as directing and animating small independent projects (music videos and promotional videos, explainers), I do storyboards, concept art and post-production/special effects for stop motion animation.

I'm also an accomplished baker and an amateur cellist (not so accomplished).

6) Adore,  Michael Hughes, 5:30, 2005, no dial
This film starts at: 27:16

Simple and stylized characters convey an emotion that a lot of people can relate to.

Jim Poole Award winner 2006

ABOUT: Michael Hughes:

Michael Hughes is a stop frame animator who has been working in the industry for more than ten years. He has a wide range of experiences, from feature films, children's television, short films, music videos to commercials. Since graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2005 he has regularly returned to support final year students with their graduation films.

7) The Owl House, Jess Cope, 8:00, 2008, no dial
This film starts at: 32:52

A film situated on the borderland between life and death in which an old blind lady comes to terms with her final moments and the memory of a lost love.

ABOUT: Jess Cope:

With over eight years working in the animation industry, Jess brings an unprecedented level of skill and attention to detail to all our projects. Her emotive storytelling draws in audiences in a way that has seen her win multiple awards for her films in recent years.

With her past experience animating on projects such as Tim Burton's feature, Frankenweenie, TV series including Postman Pat and The Clangers, Jess has an expert and incisive knowledge of the animation industry.

Her acclaimed 2010 film, The Astronomer's Sun, won a plethora of awards and cemented her reputation as a truly talented animator and director. Jess drives every project through to exceed client expectations and always with an intense passion.

8) Boxed In, Will Becher, 5:30, 2002, no dial

This film starts at: 41:01

A rodent arrives in a box and sets off a battle of wits between an old man and a mouse.

ABOUT: Will Becher:

Director of Shaun the Sheep Movie Farmageddon and Shaun Series 5. I've had the fortune to work in stop-motion animation for over two decades with studios such as Aardman and Laika on: Wallace & Gromit, The Pirates, Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep, Paranorman and Early Man. On the side, I've written and directed three award winning short films and continue to develop new projects.

9) I Am Tom Moody,  Ainslie Henderson, 7:00, 2012, VOE
This film starts at: 46:25

A surreal trip through the subconscious of a stifled musician as he struggles to sing.

ABOUT: Ainslie Henderson:

I make animation, and other things sometimes. I’m a BAFTA Winning Animator/Writer/Director with a love of stop motion.

10)  Solo Duets, Joseph Feltus, 9:00, 2007, no dial
This film starts at: 53:17

Obliquely inspired by the fourth of the 'Duino Elegies' by Rilke, a moving story about loneliness, the feeling of loss and the irrevocable passing of time. Illustrated with the music of Eric Satie and suggestions to the paintings of Balthus, an aging man is visited by his reproaching younger self.

ABOUT: Joseph Feltus:

1982 born in Washington D.C., USA
1987 moved to Assisi, Italy.
2005 BA (Hons) - First Class Degree in Animation, Edinburgh College of Art
2006 Masters Degree in Animation (awarded the Andrew Grant Bequest), Edinburgh College of Art
Currently living in the UK

11) Short Changed, Zoe Hutber, 5:00, 2018, no dial
This film starts at: 1:02:10

A stop-motion animated short film about a couple’s struggle against the system in a world where everyone is made of money. Screened at the 2019 ESFF, nominated Best Animation.

ABOUT:  Zoe Hutber:

Zoë Hutber is a BAFTA-nominated stop motion animator with a degree in animation from Edinburgh College of Art. Her graduation film Short Changed received international acclaim and screened at festivals around the world including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Animation Nights New York selection at Cannes and was nominated for RTS Student Scotland and BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Animation. Since the critical success of Short Changed, Zoë has directed her first independent short film Toyhood, which received support from the Cosgrove Hall Archives, and was selected for  the Animarkt 2019 pitch sessions. Zoë enjoys writing and directing socially relevant stories told through stop-motion quirky aesthetics, with a focus on sustainable practice.


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