Martin Smith 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.
His latest 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 40 film festivals to date, picking up Best Short Film Nominations in 20 International Competitions.
He is currently developing his debut feature SHOWS with Creative Scotland through Paul Welsh and DigiCult. The project was developed from its inception through a Creative Scotland Screenwriting Residency with Binger FilmLab.
Martin has also been selected for Creative Scotland's BellRock ScriptLab where he is developing feature project NAMES, with mentorship from script advisor Ian Sellar.
2017 has seen Martin directing six episodes of Crime Drama/Detective hybrid ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES. The show, produced by Tiger Aspect for BBC1 screens on BBC1 in November and December.
His documentary JIMMY, a commission for the Scottish Documentary Institute, Creative Scotland and BBC Scotland, gives a unique insight into the life of disabled rights campaigner Jimmy McIntosh MBE. The film qualified for The Academy Award® Best Short Documentary nomination following its selection for DocuWeeks™ the International Documentary Association’s yearly theatrical showcase where it screened for seven days in New York in August at the IFC Center. The film was also nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award, won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival, Spain, and won Second Prize at the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards in Dublin.
TRACKS was winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for 'Best Short Film'. This is in addition to being Highly Commended at the TCM Turner Classic Movies Competition, its 'Best UK Film' Nomination at the Raindance Film Festival and 'Best of UK Shorts' Nomination at The Leeds International Film Festival.
LIAR was his third commissioned short, made for Collabor8te. The film won the BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Writing, was Nominated Best International Short at IndieCork, and was nominated Best Short Film in the Grand Prix at the Bilbao International Film Festival.
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.
He directed MY CITY: EDINBURGH four documentary films for Channel 4 featuring Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, the boxer Alex Arthur and the artist John Bellany. He has also directed numerous music videos for artists including Arab Strap, Alex Smoke, Thirteen:13, The Delgados and King Creosote. He has made a number of commercials for clients including The Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the NHS on campaigns including Sexual Health and Knife Crime. His Knife Crime film for the Scottish Government Won the Gold Award at the 2016 Drum Roses Awards.