Martin Smith | filmmaker

Martin Smith Biography

Martin is a BAFTA winning filmmaker whose short TRACKS - a naturalistic portrayal of children's cruelty in a powerful, raw and affecting film - won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film.

Next up he is lead director on GRANITE HARBOUR for LA Productions and BBC1. He recently directed GRANTCHESTER for Kudos, Masterpiece PBS and ITV. He also directed 2nd unit on Jack Thorne's drama BEST INTERESTS with Chapter One Pictures and Endeavor Content for BBC1. The project stars Sharon Horgan, Michael Sheen, Alison Oliver and Niamh Moriarty.

Martin was selected for BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices 2022. He is developing feature projects SHOWS with Creative Scotland and DigiCult, and TARANTULA with First Features and 104 Films, plus a number of original drama series.

2021 saw Martin direct HOLBY CITY for BBC1 and BBC Studios. The show was Nominated Best Continuing Drama at the BAFTA TV Awards 2022, and Nominated Best Continuing Drama at the Broadcast Awards. ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES, the crime drama hybrid Martin directed for Tiger Aspect and BBC1, won the 2018 BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Entertainment.

His short SEAGULLS had its World Premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. The film has screened at over 50 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film wins and nominations in over 20 International Competitions.

His documentary JIMMY, qualified for The Academy Award® Best Short Documentary nomination, was nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award, and won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival, Spain.

LIAR was his third commissioned short, made for Collabor8te. The film won the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Writing.

Martin was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival to participate in their Talent Lab where he was mentored by Danny Boyle and John Collee. 2021 saw Martin selected for the prestigious initiative BBC Elevate.