Little Pictures Year 1 Films at Festival Screening Events

GMAC Film is so pleased to have hosted two screening events this spring, at the Glasgow Film Festival and the Glasgow Short Film Festival. 

Little Pictures year 1 films were presented by Film Programme Manager, Wilma Smith and GMAC Film’s CEO, Paddy Higson at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this month followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 

“It’s such a delight to be able to host an in-person event where all eight of our Little Pictures films can be seen as intended – up on the big screen. I am so proud of the Little Pictures year 1 filmmakers and all that they have achieved, particularly after the impact Covid-19 has had on us all over the past two years” Paddy Higson, CEO of GMAC Film. 

A number of Little Pictures year 1 filmmakers are already making waves in Scotland’s screen sector: 

70-year-old filmmaker, Maria Viola Craig, went on to receive a commission from BBC Scotland & her documentary Growing up Green was broadcast in November 2021. The editor of which was a contributor she met at a Little Pictures workshop. 

Caitlin McMullan’s First Step Swim was in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival this year, and she went on to be commissioned to make a new documentary through Bridging the Gap by Scottish Documentary. 

Matthew Hickman was selected as a writer in Short Circuit’s talent development scheme, Convergence. 

Ana Songel’s I Miss Hugs was screened at Oscar Qualifying festival, Sparks Animation, in Canada and was in competition at this year’s Glasgow Short Film Festival. 

Lipa Hussain’s Press Key 5 is due to premiere at SSFF in Japan. 

Misha McCullagh who produced The Queen’s Speech is now producing Sharp Shorts film Candy. 

Little Pictures is a micro budget commissioning scheme which nurtures new talent to make their first funded short film in fiction, documentary, animation or experimental genres. Little Pictures encourages new filmmakers to develop their voice, take creative risks and will help to kick start and develop film talent from across Scotland and of all ages from 16 years and over. 

Launched in September 2020, Little Pictures Year 1 supported filmmakers further their careers, including achieving success in securing high end short film and broadcast commissions. It is with great pride that we can say Little Pictures is committed to 50:50 gender balance and this was exceeded in Year 1, with 65% of participants identifying as non-male, and 100% of participants were from target groups. To learn more about Little Pictures, visit or email Wilma Smith at

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