Short film is international success

A film featuring people supported by Penumbra has won a prestigious international film award.

In Place examines the mechanisms people use to cope with mental health difficulties, exploring the line between the positive and the negative.

The film follows three people – a young skateboarder, a university student and a retired librarian – who all received support from Penumbra’s Self Harm Project in Edinburgh.

The film was entered into FIDBA – the International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina – in the International Documentary Short Films category.

The festival judging panel named In Place Best Short Documentary, commending the film’s edgy aesthetic and powerful stories.

Announcing their decision, they said In Place was “A compact story told in a way in which form and content complement each other in edgy visual aesthetics, where different formats converge.”

They said the result is “a simple yet powerful choir of stories underlying the tension between the positives and negatives of life.”

This is the second success for the film. In Place was also shortlisted in the Best Short Film category at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The film was directed by Gen Bicknell and produced by Tammy Kirk, who both also work at the Self Harm Project in Edinburgh. The Cinematographer was Lucas Kao.

Director Gen Bicknell said she was amazed that a documentary filmed in Edinburgh could chime with a judging panel based over 7000 miles away.

“It is very exciting for us to see the stories of people from Scotland resonating with people half way around the world”, she said.

Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive of Penumbra, said the organisation has some really talented staff. He said “It is amazing that a Scottish charity has helped to produce a film which has gone on to win an international film award, and on a subject that is rarely talked about too.”

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For more information please contact Robin Murphy on or 0131 475 2569.