Martin Smith is a BAFTA 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. A director who loves working with star cast as much as faces from off the beaten track, he relishes making drama rich in moral complexity, with a strong, cinematic flair.

 

He is currently directing 2nd unit on Jack Thorne's latest drama BEST INTERESTS with Chapter One Pictures and Endeavor Content for BBC1. The project stars Michael Sheen, Sharon Horgan and Alison Oliver.

 

He is developing feature projects SHOWS with Creative Scotland and DigiCult, and TARANTULA with First Features and 104 Films, plus a number of original drama series.

 

2021 saw Martin directing two episodes of HOLBY CITY for BBC1 and BBC Studios. The show has been Nominated Best Continuing Drama at the BAFTAs and was Nominated Best Continuing Drama at the 2022 Broadcast Awards.

 

ARMCHAIR DETECTIVES, the Crime Drama series Martin directed for Tiger Aspect and BBC1, won the 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.

 

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. 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 also directed numerous music videos for artists including Arab Strap, Alex Smoke, Thirteen:13, The Delgados and King Creosote. In addition to this Martin also directs some of the hardest hitting commercial campaigns in Scotland and Northern Ireland. His Knife Crime film for the Scottish Government Won the Gold Award at the 2016 Drum Roses Awards, his 'Give A Child Their Smile Back' campaign for Children 1st Won Best TV at the 2019 Nods Awards, his 'Hey Europe, Scotland Is Open' campaign for Scotland.org won Best International Campaign at the 2020 Star Awards, and his 'Europe - Scotland Is Here' campaign for Scotland.org won Best International Campaign at the 2021 Star Awards.

 

Martin is thrilled to have been selected for BBC Elevate. Elevate’s aim is to unlock any barriers to progression and ensure off-screen disabled talent are reaching their full potential.

 

 

Martin is represented by Jennifer Thomas at United Agents

 

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