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Shetland Arts is calling on local filmmakers to submit their work for this year’s Screenplay Film Festival, which runs from 30 August to 6 September 2020. The Home Made screening is always one of the most popular events of the festival, featuring short films made by Shetlanders of all ages and abilities.

All kinds of films are welcome, but they must be suitable for general viewing, as the Home Made event appeals to a family audience, and they must be under four minutes long. Film makers must be Shetlanders by birth or residency, and entries are also welcome from those living south who are engaged in higher education.

Festival Director Kathy Hubbard says: “The Home Made screening is always a highlight of the festival, and every year we look forward to seeing what will arrive each year. Whether you want to tell a story, tell a good joke, create a short documentary or make an animated film, we’d love to hear from you. Spring is nearly here so it’s time to get your cameras out. Previous Home Made film makers such as Liz Musser, Stephen Mercer, Roseanne Watt, Greg McCarron and Stuart Thomson have gone on to have their short films screened at other festivals nationally and internationally, so this could be the start of your brilliant career!”

As they have done for the past three years, Shetland ForWirds will be offering a prize for the most effective use of Shetland dialect, so watch for details of this in the press soon.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 24 July. More information and submission forms can be obtained from Shetland Arts (email Kathy at or they can be downloaded from the website at


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