SAT 25 OCT – SHORT CUTS and Best Of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014

West Side Cinema is delighted to host SHORT CUTS, Orkney’s first Short Film Forum.

We welcome partners Scottish Documentary Institute and the Glasgow Short Film Festival to a fascinating exploration of the short film form.


‘Getting On’ by Ewan Stewart. Best Scottish Short at GSFF 2014




4:00 pm – 5:30 pm The Short Film Form

with panellists Producer/Director Finlay Pretsell, Director/Filmmaker Ewan Stewart & Editor/Filmmaker Mark Jenkins

A panel discussion exploring the short film format. 

Some of the topics that will be discussed:

  • Definition of a short film
  • Narrative or explorative
  • Starting out – tips and tricks
  • Building your film crew
  • Shorts to features – the calling card
  • Where to watch short films on line
  • Short film festivals and competitions
  • Funding and training

Introduction and sample films from Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap short documentary scheme. 

West Side Cinema will introduce their Short Film Competition.

Pier Arts Centre, Victoria Street, Stromness

Free entrance but booking essential T: 01856 850 459 /


5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking reception

Sponsored by Orkney Fair Trade Group


A chance for people interested in developing their filmmaking career to meet and chat with like minded people and our panellists.

West Side Cinema Stromness Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness


7:00 pm Best of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014

intro and q & a with award winning director Ewan Stewart

West Side Cinema Stromness Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness

Doors open 6:30 pm £5/£3 under 16 RT: 90 mins


9:05 pm Public bus back to Kirkwall

The panel discussion is free but booking is essential. 

Please call Mark on T: 01856 850 459 or email:



Producer/Director Finlay Pretsell – Scottish Documentary Institute

Finlay Pretsell is Distribution & Production Manager for Scottish Documentary Institute, but is also an award-winning filmmaker. His breakthrough came in 2007 co-directing the short film Standing Start, winner of various festival awards and screened in 40 countries. He followed up that success with several more short films, winning a BAFTA Scotland for Ma Bar, which was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and Cutting Loose, which won many awards and has had over 30 screenings to date. He is nearing the end of post production as Producer of his first feature film: Norfolk, and directing and producing his second, a year in the life of cyclist Dave Millar.

Director/Filmmaker Ewan Stewart

Ewan Stewart received a BA Honours in Film & American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and followed that with a year at Film School in San Francisco, where he studied directing, cinematography & screenwriting. He then returned to his hometown of Glasgow where he worked his way up the ranks in drama & documentaries. Ewan has recently completed a 2 year long Masters in Film Directing at the National Film School in London, which is placed as one of the top three non -American schools in the world. His short film Getting On won Best Scottish Short at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014 & Best UK Short at London Short Film Festival 2014. It will be screened at West Side Cinema this evening and Ewan will introduce the film and take questions afterwards.

Editor/Filmmaker Mark Jenkins – SpliceFilm

Mark Jenkins has been a film editor for 18 years in fiction and documentary with over fifty film awards and nominations. He has worked on over 100 short films. He teaches the craft of film editing to all levels up to MA Certificate and wrote much of the post production section in Creative Scotland’s ‘Moving Image Education’ website. Moving to Orkney in 2007 stimulated his filmmaking practice where he has created over twenty short films. Mark is Film Representative for Orkney Arts Forum and Chair & Programmer of West Side Cinema.

7:00 pm Best of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014

intro and q & a with director Ewan Stewart

West Side Cinema Stromness Town Hall, Church Road, Stromness

Doors open 6:30 pm £5/£3 under 16 RT: 90 mins

Our screening of Best of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2012 was a very popular one and this promises to be even better. Introduction by Ewan Stewart.