Shetland Arts is calling on local filmmakers to submit their work for this year’s Screenplay Film Festival, which runs from 30 August to 8 September.

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.

Screenplay has a new Director this year, following the retirement of Kathy Hubbard, who had run the festival since 2009. Jenny Leask already programmes the cinemas at Mareel year-round, and worked for cinemas and film festivals in Edinburgh for many years before moving back home to Shetland in 2016. Kathy will, however, be staying on to coordinate the Home Made event, her favourite part of the festival.

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 be under four minutes long. Film makers must be Shetlanders by birth or residency, and entries are also welcome from Shetland students living south who are engaged in higher education.

Kathy says: “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!”

Watch out, too, for forthcoming news from Shetland ForWirds, who will once more be offering prizes for the most effective use of Shetland dialect.

The deadline is Friday 26 July and submission forms can be obtained from Shetland Arts (email Kathy at [email protected]) or they can be downloaded from the website at

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