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Breadmakers: British Baker Magazine


This was a short article published in the British Baker Magazine on 31st October 2008.

An 11-minute documentary about Garvald Edinburgh Bakery, which is staffed by people with learning disabilities, including Down's syndrome and autism, has won $75,000 (£46,000) at the Middle East International Film Festival, taking The Black Pearl for Best Documentary - Short Film.

Breadmakers, directed by Yasmin Fedda, a previous employee of the bakery, looks at the intricate social relationships that operate between staff, as they make a variety of organic breads, rolls and cakes for daily delivery to 26 shops in Edinburgh.

Robin Mitchell, who produced the film with Jim Hickey, told British Baker: "The team at the bakery absolutely loved being filmed and, after a few minutes, really came out of their shells."


Breadmakers in The Edinburgh Evening News


This was an article published in the Edinburgh Evening News on Saturday 1st November 2008 by Sarah Howden.

It shouldn't have worked. After all, the work of a bakery hardly makes for a riveting plot line. But Breadmakers has captivated audiences and just bagged its second industry award. Not bad for 28-year-old Yasmin Fedda from Abbeyhill, who swapped her apron for the camera and catapulted the Edinburgh bakers to international fame.

"The film allows people to see into a world they wouldn't normally see," explains Yasmin, whose film just won a £46,000 film festival Black Pearl Award in Abu Dhabi at the Middle East International Film Festival. "They got in touch with me and asked me to submit my film. I did but didn't think much more of it. Unfortunately I couldn't go to the awards ceremony so when I heard I was really surprised. It's amazing."


Breadmakers in The Guardian


This was an article by the journalist Erlend Clouston that appeared in The Guardian on Wednesday 29th October 2008.

A short film about a Scottish bakery that employs people with learning disabilities has landed the biggest prize payout in the history of documentary film making.

An 11-minute film about life in a charitable Edinburgh bakery has been named best short documentary at the Middle East International Film Festival, picking up a cheque for $75,000.

The film's co-producer, Jim Hickey, was presented with the Black Pearl trophy last week in a six-star Abu Dhabi hotel. The prize money – the biggest sum in the history of documentary filmmaking – works out at more than £4,363 for each minute of the film, called Breadmakers.


Breadmakers in The Scotsman


This was an article in The Scotsman newspaper by Arts Correspondent Tim Cornwell. It was published on 23rd October 2008.

Even in Hollywood, film awards rarely bring more than a statuette, a movie star's handshake and, hopefully, enough publicity to sell a few more tickets. But the makers of a low-budget Scottish documentary about a bakery staffed by people with Down's syndrome and autism have won $75,000 (£46,000) at a festival in Abu Dhabi.

Breadmakers – made for little more than £8,000 – won the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the Middle East International Film Festival. It was awarded to the director, Yasmin Fedda, who used to work part-time at the Garvald Bakery in Edinburgh, and producers Jim Hickey and Robin Mitchell.

Mr Hickey accepted the prize from Casino Royale star Eva Green and the actor Joseph Fiennes at the Emirates Palace Hotel, in its 1,100 seat cinema. "I will never forget it," he said. "It proves that a short film can make a journey from comparatively modest beginnings to holding its own against the best in the world. "One of the contenders was an Oscar-nominated short film and we managed to beat that to the prize."


Audience Award for Breadmakers


Breadmakers has won the second "Palme Dewar" prize as voted for by the audience at a special event organised by the Heartland Film Society (HFS) on Saturday 25th October 2008 in Pitlochry.

The award was presented by Peter Guthrie of Dewar's Whisky to Tony Pitchforth of HFS who accepted on behalf of Breadmakers Director Yasmin Fedda and the Garvald Bakery.

From a more general Scottish theme at the 2007 festival, HFS this year focused on films actually 'Made in Scotland'. The Heartland Film Society (HFS) was formed in 2001 to enable the showing of films on a big screen in an informal and friendly atmosphere.


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