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Half Cut Student Film Festival


Half Cut is the largest film festival of its kind in Scotland, and is open exclusively to filmmakers at Scottish Universities. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Half Cut.

At the Gala, on 11 April, the selected films were screened at the New Picture House Cinema in St Andrews. This was a fantastic opportunity for student filmmakers to have their work seen and critiqued by a range of experts in the field and a large audience of peers.

Of the eleven films screened in competition, four were St Andrews productions. There were also submissions from filmmakers at the Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow University and further afield.

The people’s choice was Graham Richardson and Andy Clark’s delightful ‘Cookie’, a musical full of beans, a fair amount of cheese and also a small dog.

The winners of Half Cut 2013 included success on the St Andrews front as Chris Allport’s gentle parody, ‘Watching British sports with an American’ cinched Technical Achievement. Best story went to ‘Seavacuee’, and the people’s choice was ‘Erhu’. ‘One new message’ won both best editing and best picture.

For full details on the film festival, please visit the Half Cut website.

In addition to the festival, Half Cut organised a range of workshops, screenings and industry talks during the festival – all designed to help foster local talent and give students a change to explore new and differetn areas of filmmaking.

Half Cut is organised by Ré Pictures, the filmmaking society at the University of St Andrews. This year, we also partnered with On The Rocks, the Scottish student art festival that runs parallel to the film festival.