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Breadmakers wins Short Documentary Award at Edinburgh

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Yasmin Fedda, the director of Breadmakers, has won the Short Scottish Documentary Award (funded by a donation from Baillie Gifford) at the 2007 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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Breadmakers at Edinburgh International Film Festival

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There are two chances to see Breadmakers at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (15–26 August 2007).

On Tuesday 21st August at the Filmhouse (12:30pm), Bridging the Gap present a selection of short documentaries on the theme of 'white'. Run by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Bridging the Gap is the only documentary talent initiative for cinema in the UK offering training linked to production.

All six titles in this programme (including Breadmakers) have been selected to compete for the Short Scottish Documentary Award. This screening takes place at the Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh on Saturday 18th August at 12:45pm.

 

Breadmakers debuts on BBC Film Network

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The 10-minute documentary Breadmakers (Dir. Yasmin Fedda) has been selected by the BBC Film Network and will be screened on the BBC site after its premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Film Network is the BBC’s interactive showcase for new British filmmakers, screening three new short films in broadband quality every week, adding to a growing catalogue of great shorts.

The site allows people to comment on and rate films and also provides filmmakers with tools to create online profiles and exchange tips, advice and ideas. The purpose is to expose new talent and create a platform for some great films that are rarely seen elsewhere.

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Breadmakers at Viscult Festival

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Breadmakers has been selected for the seventh annual International Festival of Visual Culture in Joensuu, Finland, which will take place between September 26th and 30th 2007. The main theme of Viscult 2007 festival is "Daily Bread".

The Festival of Visual Culture is a personal event with the majority of filmmakers present to introduce their work encouraging the opportunity for profound discussions of the films, film-making, and culture. The festival is also in close co-operation with the University of Joensuu and its students.

Through the years Viscult, the Finnish film festival, introducing ethnographic, anthropological and documentary films, has seen many great filmmakers and visual anthropologists such as Asen Balikci, Peter Biella, Gary Kildea, David MacDougall, Colette Piault, Faye Ginsburg, Judith Okely and Jay Ruby among many others.

The festival in Joensuu, which is located near the Russian border in Finland, is known for its warm and intimate atmosphere and, of course, the Finnish sauna.

 

Breadmakers

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Breadmakers title card

Title: Breadmakers

Year of production: 2007

Genre: Documentary

Running time: 10 minutes

Director: Yasmin Fedda

Producer: Robin Mitchell and Jim Hickey


At a unique Edinburgh bakery, a community of workers with learning disabilities makes a variety of organic breads for daily delivery to shops and cafes in the city.

The workers interact using individual expressions, repetitive speech and sign language, revealing intricate social relationships with each other and their support workers. In what can seem a chaotic workplace, there is a mix of sounds that can approach levels of white noise amidst the carefully structured everyday process of bread production.

The featured bakery is part of a centre inspired by the ideas of Rudolph Steiner where the workers realise their potential for self-discovery and creativity in a social environment.

You can view the film on the BBC Film Network here and regulars blogs are posted here.

Awards and Nominations

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2007) (Short Scottish Documentary Award)
  • BAFTA Scotland nomination in the best short film category (2007)
  • International Documentary Festival on Disability, Athens, Greece (2008) (Best short documentary prize)
  • The Middle East International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2008) (The Black Pearl for Best Documentary Short Film)
  • Heartland Film Society, Pitlochry, UK (2008) (Audience Award)

Stills

Breadmakers stills (1) Breadmakers stills (2) Breadmakers stills (3)

 


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