Martin Smith is an award 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.
In 2018 ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES, the Crime Drama hybrid Martin directed for Tiger Aspect and BBC1, won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Entertainment.
Martin is thrilled to have been selected for BBC Elevate. Elevate’s aim is to unlock any barriers to progression and ensure off-screen disabled talent are reaching their full potential.
His latest 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 won The Golden Reel Award for Best Short Children's Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival California, Won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Of California Senate at the Borrego Springs International Film Festival in California, and has screened at over 50 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film Nominations in over 20 International Competitions.
He is currently developing his debut feature SHOWS with Creative Scotland and DigiCult. The project was developed from its inception through a Creative Scotland Screenwriting Residency with Binger FilmLab.
Martin was also selected for Creative Scotland's BellRock ScriptLab where he is developing feature project NAMES.
His documentary JIMMY, a commission for the Scottish Documentary Institute, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland, gives a unique insight into the life of disabled rights campaigner Jimmy McIntosh MBE. The film qualified for The Academy Award® Best Short Documentary nomination following its selection for DocuWeeks™ the International Documentary Association’s yearly theatrical showcase where it screened for seven days in New York in August at the IFC Center. The film was also nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award, won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival, Spain, and won Second Prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards in Dublin.
TRACKS was winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for 'Best Short Film'. This is in addition to being Highly Commended at the TCM Turner Classic Movies Competition, its 'Best UK Film' Nomination at the Raindance Film Festival and 'Best of UK Shorts' Nomination at The Leeds International Film Festival.
LIAR was his third commissioned short, made for Collabor8te. The film won the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Writing, was Nominated Best International Short at IndieCork, and was nominated Best Short Film in the Grand Prix at the Bilbao International Film Festival.
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. Martin was also selected by the Edinburgh International Film Festival to participate in the EIFF Talent Lab.
He directed MY CITY EDINBURGH four documentary films for Channel 4 featuring Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, the boxer Alex Arthur and the artist John Bellany. He also directed numerous music videos for artists including Arab Strap, Alex Smoke, Thirteen:13, The Delgados and King Creosote. In addition to this Martin also directs some of the hardest hitting commercial campaigns in Scotland and Northern Ireland. His Knife Crime film for the Scottish Government Won the Gold Award at the 2016 Drum Roses Awards, his 'Give A Child Their Smile Back' campaign for Children 1st Won Best TV at the 2019 Nods Awards, and his 'Hey Europe, Scotland Is Open' campaign for Scotland.org won Best International Campaign at the 2020 Star Awards.