Maddrim Media shortlisted for success

Local youth film group Maddrim Media will be featured at this year’s world renowned Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The two Maddrim films, 14 is the Colour of Hate and It’s 2014, have been shortlisted for the 2014 EIFF Short Film Challenge and will be screened at Filmhouse Edinburgh on Saturday 16th August.

At this screening a jury will then decide upon the winners for the categories of best film, most original idea and most innovative use of short film challenge theme.

The competition required a creative incorporation of the number 14. The film 14 is the Colour of Hate, written and directed by Annie Smith, is a humorous short film exploring the dreams of its characters.

By contrast, It’s 2014 by Jenny Brown, a short documentary on poverty, sends a message still relevant today.

The differing films highlight the creativity of Maddrim Media who are known for quirky, humorous shorts, but have also produced poignant films such as Masks, dealing with the problems of substance abuse.

Maddrim Media chairwoman Cara McDiarmid, who entered the films into the competition, said: “I’m just so proud of Jenny and Annie for getting their films shortlisted, they have only been Maddrim members for a year so this is an incredible achievement.

“To show films on the big screen is so exciting, and to be invited down to the Filmhouse in Edinburgh is such an honour.

“The short-listing of Annie and Jenny’s films has been an incredible inspiration for the group. We’ve had a brilliant year so far, with successful funding applications, new equipment and training, and an exchange to the Edinburgh film festival. I can’t wait to see what the group come up with next.”

Jenny, after hearing the news of It’s 2014 being shortlisted, said: “I’m happy that the message I’m trying to get across will now reach a much greater audience.”

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