Introducing the GSFF24 Young Writers

Devised and coordinated by our Film Hub Scotland New Producer Frieda Ford, Glasgow Short Film Festival was thrilled to launch the inaugural Young Writers Project at this year’s edition of the festival. The project was designed to help industry newcomers develop writing skills and gain film festival knowledge.

The young writers, Eleanor Beadle, Findlay Fraser, Louis Macleod, Elodie Marriott and Esme Stewart, took part in a workshop with author and editor Katie Goh, and received an industry pass, granting them free entry to every element of GSFF. Last month they each completed a written response to some aspect of GSFF24.

These pieces of writing vary from reviews of individual films or programmes to a wider reflection on the festival and a consideration of programming decisions and the different contexts in which a film is shown. Two of the writers touch on the landscape and history of the Highlands, as presented in featured films and programmes. All five illustrate the passion, thoughtfulness and unique perspectives of their authors. We are very grateful to them all for their participation in and contributions to the project.

The five pieces of writing can be read here:

Stories of Resilience, Community and Creative Expression: Attending the 17th Glasgow Short Film Festival by Esme Stewart

What ties us to our humanity? A review of Guy Woods’ Mouth by Findlay Fraser

The earth below and the stories it holds: landscape and history in Følkløric: Sticks & Stones by Louis Macleod

The teetering fate of young Highlanders: a reflection on Hannah Hunter’s Their Accounts by Eleanor Beadle

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry: the impact of film programming on audiences by Elodie Marriott