Martin Smith

Writer / Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Martin is an award winning filmmaker whose short TRACKS - a naturalistic portrayal of children's cruelty in a powerful, raw and affecting film - won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film.

2017 saw Martin directing six episodes of Crime Drama hybrid ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES. The show, produced by Tiger Aspect for BBC1 Won the 2018 BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Entertainment.

His short SEAGULLS had its World Premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film. The film won The Golden Reel Award for Best Short Children's Film at the Tiburon International Film Festival California, Won the Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Of California Senate at the Borrego Springs International Film Festival in California, and has screened at over 50 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film Nominations in over 20 International Competitions.

He is currently developing his debut feature SHOWS with Creative Scotland through Paul Welsh and DigiCult.

His documentary JIMMY, qualified for The Academy Award® Best Short Documentary nomination, was nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award, won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival, Spain.

LIAR was his third commissioned short, made for Collabor8te. The film won the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Writing.

Martin was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival to participate in their Talent Lab where he was mentored by Danny Boyle and John Collee. Martin was also selected by the Edinburgh International Film Festival to participate in the EIFF Talent Lab.

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NAMES

Creative Scotland/Bellrock Lab

Feature in development Martin to write and direct

SHOWS

Creative Scotland/Screen Scotland/DigiCult

Feature in development
Martin to write and direct

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Original Series
Martin to write and direct

Television

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ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES

2017

Tiger Aspect/BBC1

As Director
6 x 45' Episodes including Season Finale. Starring Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Stephen Billington & Sarah Baxendale.
*Winner Best Entertainment BAFTA Scotland Awards 2018

Short Films

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SEAGULLS

2014

Creative Scotland/Scottish Shorts/Screen Films

As Writer/Director
*Winner of the Golden Reel Award for Best Short Children's Film - Tiburon International Film Festival, USA
*Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award of the State of California - Borrego Springs International Film Festival, USA
*Nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film - Berlin International Film Festival
*Nominated Best Short Film - Hamburg International Short Film Festival
*Nominated Best Short Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival
*Nominated Best International Short Film - Bermuda International Film Festival
*Nominated Best International Short Film - Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany
*Nominated Best International Short Film - IndieCork International Film Festival
*Nominated Best British Short Film - Leeds International Film Festival
*Nominated Best International Short Film - Almeria En Corto International Film Festival, Spain
*Nominated Best Scottish Short Film - Glasgow Film Festival
*Nominated Best International Short Film - RiverRun International Film Festival, USA

LIAR

2013

Rankin Film/Collabor8te/Blue Iris Films

As Director
*Winner BAFTA New Talent Award 'Best Writing'
*Nominated Best International Short, IndieCork International Film Festival, Ireland
*Nominated Best International Short, Bilbao International Short Film Festival
*Nominated Best Scottish Short, Glasgow Short Film Festival

TRACKS

2006

Creative Scotland/UK Film Council/DigiCult/La Belle Allee

As Writer/Director
*Winner BAFTA Scotland Award Best Short Film
*TCM Turner Classic Shorts Competition - Highly Commended
*Los Angeles International Short Film Festival - Nominated Best Foreign Film
*Sau Paulo International Film Festival - Nominated Best International Short Film
*Raindance Film Festival - Nominated Best UK Short
*Leeds International Film Festival - Nominated Best UK Short Film
*Tirana International Film Festival - Nominated Best International Short Film

ACCIDENTS

2006

Scottish Screen/Sugartree Productions

As Writer/Director
*Appledore International Film Festival - Winner Best Short Film
*Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany - Nominated Best International Short
*Cork International Film Festival - Nominated Best International Short
*Tiburon International Film Festival, USA - Nominated Best International Short
*Jim Poole Short Film Award, Scotland - Nominated Best Scottish Short
*Edinburgh International Film Festival - Nominated Best British Short

Documentaries

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JIMMY

2011

BBC Scotland/Creative Scotland/Scottish Documentary Institute

As Director/Cinematographer
*Qualified for the Academy Award® Best Short Documentary Nomination
*Winner of the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at Curt.Doc International Documentary Festival, Spain.
*Nominated BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award - Best Director Of Photography
*Winner Second Prize ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, Dublin
*Nominated for The Bill Douglas Award for Best International Short film - Glasgow Short Film Festival
*Nominated for Best Short Film in the Scottish Short Film Awards - Glasgow Short Film Festival
*Nominated for Best International Short Film - Indianapolis International Film Festival

MY CITY EDINBURGH

2005

Channel 4/Sugartree Productions

Director, 4 Episodes. Featuring Shirley Manson, John Bellany & Alex Arthur.