As well as being an art in themselves, short films are the starting point for most filmmakers on which they cut their teeth, hone their style and find their first fan base. With an active film scene in Edinburgh and a not unsubstantial number of filmmakers based in the city, it’s a surprise that no single event recognises and celebrates this rite of passage in the film world. Until now.
As the Fringe rolls out of town and Edinburgh suddenly feels like a comparative cultural desert, the place to be this September to quench your film thirst is Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). As well as having a packed programme full of some of the better picks of this year’s EIFF such as Troll Hunter, Post Mortem and Tomboy, there’s the usual inclusion of some bigger-named films such as the latest version of Jane Eyre and a trip down memory lane in Wayne’s World. But the real draw comes in the shape of the the one-off events and festivals taking place throughout the month.
A round-up of 2011′s Middle Eastern Film Festival at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.