Breadmakers: Edinburgh Film Festival Article

Monday, 24 December 2007 20:13 by Robin Mitchell in News
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An article from The Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Breadmakers, the winner of the Best Scottish Short Documentary at the 61st EIFF, has been selected for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary about a unique community of bakers with learning disabilities set in Edinburgh’s Garvald Bakery, which received its premiere at EIFF 2007, also picked up a BAFTA Scotland nomination for Best Short Film.

Director Yasmin Fedda was thrilled when she discovered that Breadmakers was to be shown at Sundance, which runs from 17-27 January 2008.

“I’m looking forward to having pancake breakfast with Robert Redford! No seriously, I’m really pleased, especially for the Garvald Bakery.

“I would have never expected all the interest my film has had to date. Maybe people are taking to it because they can recognise themselves in these characters.”

Breadmakers was made as part of the Bridging the Gap New Talent Initiative, run by Scottish Documentary Institute and the scheme’s Executive Producer, Noe Mendelle, was delighted that the film will be showcased at North America’s biggest film festival.

“It’s our first film to get selected by Sundance, and we hope this is the first of many more in the future.

“It’s a great endorsement of our hard work in the last few years, and a brilliant way for Yasmin, and the Bridging the Gap scheme, to get noticed within the wider filmmaking community.”

Fedda will be joined at Sundance by fellow EIFF alumnus John Magary, whose short films The Second Line and Our National Parks received their World Premieres at EIFF.

The writer/director has been selected to participate in the prestigious Screenwriter’s Lab from January 11-16 with his debut feature project Blood Abundance, Or The Half-Life of Antoinette.

The intensive five-day workshop will be led by an extraordinary group of creative advisors, including Christopher McQuarrie and Thomas Vinterberg.

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