Martin Smith is an award winning filmmaker whose short TRACKS - a shocking, naturalistic portrayal of children's cruelty in a powerful, raw and affecting film - won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film.
He is currently developing his debut feature SHOWS with Creative Scotland through their prestigious Accelerator Scheme, under the mentorship of Paul Welsh. The project was developed from its inception through a Screenwriting Residency with Binger FilmLab, Playwright Studio Scotland and Creative Scotland with script editor Molly Stensgaard. A second feature FIRES is in development with Creative Scotland.
His documentary JIMMY, a commision 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 won the Franklyn Marshall Award for Short Film at the CurtDoc International Documentary Festival, Spain, and was nominated for the BAFTA New Talent Award from BAFTA Scotland. It was nominated Best International Short Film in the Bill Douglas Award and nominated for Best Scottish Film in the Scottish Short Film Awards at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, and shortlisted for the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards in Dublin.
He is in development on SEAGULLS with Creative Scotland's Scottish Shorts, a short with Hopscotch Films and Digicult, and has also been selected by Collabor8te to direct LIAR a short with Blue Iris Films, The Bureau and Rankin Film Productions.
His short film ACCIDENTS won 'Best Short Film' at Appledore, was nominated Best Short Film at the Jim Poole Scottish Short Film Awards and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Martin was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival to participate in their Talent Lab where 25 of the most promising emerging filmmakers from around the world are invited to build networks with some of the most esteemed filmmakers and artists in the world. JUST ENOUGH DOUBT, the short film that was commissioned by TIFF for the Lab was nominated Best Short Film at the 2010 Jim Poole Scottish Short Film Awards. In 2011 Martin was 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, and commercials for brands including Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Rangers and Stoli.
Martin is represented by Katharine Vile at United Agents.