Dunbar Short Film Competition 2017 – The DAFTAs

The competition is free to enter and is open to everyone. Whether you are young or old, a budding film maker, have something important to say or just want to do something creative with your digital camera we would like to hear from you.

Your film can be on any subject and in any genre, it can be documentary or fiction, it can be live action or animation. You can film it on a camera, a tablet or even on your phone. The only restriction is that it has to be between 2 and 5 minutes long.

The deadline for entries is midnight Saturday 10th June

The entries will be judged in three age categories: under 12, 12 – 16 years and over 16.  This year we are also introducing a Documentary category (all ages) and a Collaboration category where adults have had a substantial input in the creation of the film such as a teacher working with a class of pupils or a parent/carer working with children.

All the shortlisted films will be screened on Sunday 18 June as part of a special film event during Dunbar Civic Week and the final winners in each category will be announced.  The winners will each receive a DAFTA (Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Award) trophy and the winning films will be screened again later in the year as part of Dunbar Film’s regular programme.

How to enter.

Competition rules.

Watch entries from previous years:




Tokyo Story

April 28, 2017
7:30 pmto10:30 pm


‘In terms of family drama, has any film been more moving than Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story?

Time and again, Ozu has made films about family, and the shifting structure we refer to as “time and again”. Family is less a fixed entity than a kind of weather system that keeps coming back. So children need parents, and need to outlive them. But while the weather will go on, and your children will become parents, so your life will close, and you will not be there to see the way your own children look back as if to say they understand you, too late.

Is this tragedy or comedy? Ozu is never quite sure. He seems to wonder whether any progression can amount to tragedy, or whether it is not simply as inevitable as passing time and changing light.

This may not sound “entertaining” or active or even interesting, which only means the viewer needs to undergo the gentle process of being helped to see through Ozu’s withdrawn but compassionate style. So he watches from the corner of a room at a low level (for Japanese domestic life is often conducted from a sitting position) and he declines to rush in with forgiving, approving, loving close-ups – because he believes people are beyond forgiveness or individual glamour.

Family is a group in which everyone has his or her reason. In Tokyo Story, Shukishi and Tomi Hirayama (Chishu Ryu and Chieko Higashiyama) visit their grown children, full of hope and the wish to be recognised, but they find the children too busy, too preoccupied. This is not depicted as bad behaviour, or a sign of cultural breakdown; it is the way of the world. The acting is intimate, humane and reserved yet there are no stars, let alone heroes or heroines. There are no “happy endings” in the terms western culture requires. Instead, the riddle of happiness or its opposite runs through “time and again” like light on moving water. Does it sound dull, or too simple? Be warned – it can make other films seem unbearably crass.’

David Thomson Guardian 20/10/10

Tokyo Story (U)

1953, Japan, 135 mins, Subtitles

Friday 28th April  Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00

You can watch a trailer here.




March 31, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A powerful portrait of female empowerment set in a remote Turkish village.

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey.  Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates.  Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behaviour to the girls’ family.  The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like mobile phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides.   As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.

You can watch the trailer here.

Mustang(15) France/Turkey 95 mins

Friday 31st March @ Hallhill

Doors and bar 7.30

Film begins at 8.00



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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life-only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

You can watch the trailer here.

This months film will be preceded by a free cheese and wine for members from 7.00pm and our AGM.

Dheepan (15) 2016 France 112 mins Subtitles

Friday 24th February


Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00


January 27, 2017
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

Our first film of 2017 is the Icelandic film ‘Rams’.

In a remote valley two estranged brothers are forced to come together – after 40 years of feuding – to save their cherished rams.

A darkly comedic drama, by turns hilarious and heartbreaking”  The Guardian

“Switching from dour humour to humanist drama without seeming contrived, this is a masterclass in combining character and landscape that is played with deceptive poignancy by the excellent leads.”  Empire Read more ›

Slow West

November 25, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

A young Scottish man’s odyssey across 19th century in search of the woman he loves is guided by a mysterious outlaw towards a terrible reckoning.

You can watch the trailer here.

SLOW WEST (15) 2015, New Zealand, 1hr 24 mins.

Friday 25th November  at Hallhill

Doors and Bar 7.30pm

Film starts at 8.00pm

The Pearl Button

October 28, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

From Chile, a story about water through which flows a stream of historical recollections, and poetic reflections rendered with breathtaking clarity.

You can watch the trailer here.


THE PEARL BUTTON (15) 2016, Chile, 1hr 22mins (Subtitles)

Doors and Bar 7.30pm

Film begins at 8.00pm


September 30, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

1950s Brooklyn – an Irish immigrant falls in love but when her past catches up with her she is forced to choose between two countries, two lives.

You can watch the trailer here.

BROOKLYN (PG13) 2015, Ireland, 1hr 51mins.

Friday 30th September at Hallhill.

Doors & Bar 7.30

Film begins 8.00



August 26, 2016
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan their twelve-year-old shepherd.  In town, the people suffer, powerless, under the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned.  The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.  Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences.  Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu but their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.©CohenMedia

You can watch the trailer here.

Timbuktu (12A) 21015 France, 1hr 37mins, (Subtitles)

Friday 26th August at Hallhill,

Doors and Bar 7.30

Film starts at 8.00


DAFTA Winners 2016

DAFTA winners 2016On Sunday more than 80 people came along to Hallhill to walk the DAFTAs red carpet, watch the shortlisted films and vote for their favourites.

We had some brilliant entries this year with surreal Lego stop motion animations, fashion advice for soft toys, a peek inside the mind of a sleeping dog, an eye opening film about Finland, charming puppetry about sea shore litter, a great documentary raising awareness of the recent Ecuador earthquake  and finishing up with an illustrated version of Donald Where’s yer Troosers?

Thank you to everyone who entered for the huge amount of work and creativity that went into making these films.  You can see them all here on the DAFTAS 2016 Vimeo Channel.

This year films were judged in 4 categories:  Under 12s Fiction, Over 16s, Documentary (all ages) and Collaborations – where an adult has played a significant role in creating the film.

And the winners were…

Under 12s

Dream on Doggie by Ellen Stewart and Ruaridh Page.  Another crowd pleaser from the multi award winning team of Stewart and Page: Maddy the greyhound’s dream where animals talk like humans and even Maddy herself make a bizarre appearance.   Watch it here.

Documentary (all ages)

Dunbar and the Ecuador Earthquake by Anushka and Orla  Demer.     A very accomplished documentary about the effort in Dunbar to raise money for the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund.  Watch it here.

16 and over

Finland  by Michael Purves.  A film with a really professional feel to it that captures a fun filled holiday to the lakeland area of Finland.   Watch it here.


Donald Where’s Yer Troosers? By P6C Dunbar Primary School and Susan Mowatt produced during the Artist in Residence Programme.  An illustrated version of the famous Any Stewart song.  Watch and sing along here!

All the winners were presented with DAFTA clapperboard trophies.