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Shetland Arts is calling for submissions for this year’s Screenplay Film Festival. The Home Made screening is always the most popular event of the festival, featuring short films made by Shetlanders of all ages and abilities. The festival runs from 25th August to 2 September.

As with previous years, the festival is looking for films of no longer than four minutes’ duration, including titles and end credits. All kinds of films are welcome, but that they must be suitable for general viewing, as the Home Made event appeals to a family audience.

Screenplay Director Kathy Hubbard says “Film makers must be Shetlanders by birth or residency, and entries are also welcome from those living south who are engaged in higher education. This is a highlight of the festival, and we always 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 have gone on to have films accepted by other festivals nationally and internationally – Liz Musser’s Shetland Reel is currently nominated for a Celtic Media Festival Award, Stephen Mercer’s Ragnar went to the Isle of Man Film Festival, Roseanne Watt’s films have been widely viewed and short films by Greg McCarron and Stuart Thomson have been accepted by film festivals in various countries.

The deadline is Friday 27 July and submission forms can be obtained from Shetland Arts (email Kathy at or downloaded here.


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