Shetland filmmakers have just one month left to submit their short films for this year’s Homemade event. A highly anticipated highlight of the former Screenplay Film Festival, Homemade showcases short films created by Shetlanders of all ages and abilities. These screenings were always the first to sell out, with enthusiastic audiences cheering on locally produced films. 


Last year’s Audience Award went to Chris Halcrow and Lorcan Henry with their hilarious ‘The Man Who, When He Touches Someone, He Gives Them An Existential Crisis’ (also the unofficial winner of the ‘longest film title’ prize), with Alex Garrick-Wright’s wry comedy ‘Shetland Directions’ as the runner-up. Maddrim Media member Kayden Gair won the under 18 prize with his whimsical tale of friendship, ‘Boy Meets Bear Meets Dracula’, which went on to win a prize at The Scottish Youth Film Festival later in the year.

As well as the glory, a cash prize was last year awarded by Robert Thomson from Yell, who has kindly agreed to offer a prize this year also, to the winner of The Audience Award and two runners-up.

Shetland ForWirds have for some years awarded a prize for the film which demonstrates ‘the most effective use of Shetland dialect’. They are continuing to support the event this year, with a winner and three runners-up prizes. Last year’s winner was Molly Williams’ Viking tale ‘Ådel and Valfrid’, the runner up being ‘Peesterleetie’ by Bruce Eunson with Stephenie Georgia and the Alice Theatre Project.


The rules are simple (the main one being that the entries cannot exceed four minutes) and they can be found at HERE. Details of how to submit are there also.

Homemade Screenings

There will be two screenings of the film entries at Mareel, one on Friday 6 September and one on Sunday 8 September. Keep your eyes peeled for when the general admission tickets go on sale!

Shetland Arts is looking forward to seeing what this year’s cohort of film makers will come up with – but be sure to get your submission in by August 7th.

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