This year’s Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition took place on Friday the 22nd August, screening as part of EIFF Youth’s online programme we saw a great variety of work demonstrating the talent and enthusiasm our schools have for filmmaking! 

Curated and Hosted by our dedicated Youth Jury, you can watch the event below as well as review the summary of winners.

Interested in making a film with your class? Our free programme Set the Scene offers professional development in film literacy, filmmaking, and exhibition to teachers and educators. Find our more here.


Primary and Special Schools Awards

Most Impactful Film

Who We are by Oaklands Special School (Beech and Spruce Class)

Most Entertaining Film

The Performance by Pencaitland Primary School (P5)

Most Creative Film

The Attic by Leith Primary (P6B)

Best Genre Film

The Universe That Flipped by Blackhall Primary School (P6B)

Jury’s Selection: Best Primary or Special School Film

Impossible Mission 7 by Pencaitland Primary School (P5)


Secondary School Awards

Best Editing

Lockdown by David Puchir, Liberton High School

Best Sound

Isolated by Craig Doyle, Penicuick High School

Visually Impressive Film

Family of Me (work in progress) by Amelie Colvin, Firhill High School

Creativity During Covid

Qwertyuiop by Michael Hood, Penicuik High School

Jury’s Selection: Best Secondary School

Don’t Make a Mess by David Puhir, Liberton High School