Martin Smith | filmmaker

Martin Smith Short Films

Martin Smith has written and directed four award winning short films: TRACKS, SEAGULLS, ACCIDENTS and LIAR, and an award winning documentary: JIMMY.

His short SEAGULLS, made with Creative Scotland's Scottish Shorts, Hopscotch Films, Screen Productions and DigiCult 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 screened at over 50 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film Nominations in 20 International Competitions.

TRACKS was commissioned by DigiCult with funding through the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen and GMAC and made with La Belle Allee Productions. The film won Martin the BAFTA Scotland Award for 'Best Short Film', was Highly Commended at the TCM Turner Classic Shorts Competition and Nominated Best UK Short at Raindance.

Martin's 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. 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.

ACCIDENTS was funded with National Lottery funding through Scottish Screen and made with Sugartree Productions. The film won 'Best Short Film' at Appledore, and was nominated Best Short Film at the Jim Poole Scottish Short Film Awards, and Nominated Best UK Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

LIAR, which was his third commissioned drama short, was commissioned by Collabor8te. The film was made by Blue Iris Films in association with Rankin Film Productions, The Bureau and Dazed Film. The film won the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Writing, and had its International Premiere at the IndieCork International Film Festival in October 2013 where it was Nominated Best International Short. It then screened in Competition at the Bilbao International Short Film Festival, being Nominated Best International Short.