Run With Her to receive its World Premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2021

The 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) takes place at the heart of Edinburgh’s festival season, between 18th and 25th August, and presents a fantastic programme of feature and short films celebrating the long-awaited return to cinema.

Cinemagic Alumni Lia Campbell’s Run with Her has been selected to screen at the BAFTA qualifying festival and will be receiving its World Premiere in the Bridging the Gap – Mobile selection on Filmhouse at Home.  Lia is the Writer and Director of the short creative documentary and Cinemagic Alumni Anna Callan is the Producer, with Executive Producers Walk on Air Films. The film was commissioned & funded by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

‘Endurance running creates a secure world for 16-year-old Emmy, where everything can be quantified. As influences from the outside world start to permeate, we follow the change it might bring to her relationships with the other girls on the team and within herself.’

The film features female athletes from Willowfield Athletics club in East Belfast – Emmy Thorton, Mabelle Wilcox, Emer McKee, Kirsti Foster, Erin McDermott, Erin Cross and Emily Morris.

This year’s Edinburgh festival will be a mix of online and in-person screenings, with Run With Her being streamed from the Filmhouse website from 4pm on Sunday 22nd August.

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A little bit more about the team.

Lia Campbell – Director

Based in Belfast and Dublin, Lia is an Irish-German filmmaker working in fiction and documentary. A graduate from the IADT National Film School, Dún Laoghaire, her fictional debut ‘To All My Darlings’ won the Audience Award for best short film at the Virginmedia Dublin International Film Festival 2021 and was shortlisted for a GSA BAFTA award 2021. Lia was the Northern Irish participant for the Scottish Documentary Institute’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ scheme and her short film ‘Run With Her’, produced by Anna Callan and executive produced by WalkOnAir Films, was funded by N.I Screen, The Scottish Documentary Institute and Screen Scotland.  

For the past year, Lia has worked as the production assistant for Dumbworld – an artist led creative production company established in 2009 by composer/conductor Brian Irvine and, one of the Future Foundation mentors this year – filmmaker/writer/director John McIllduff.  

Lia is also one of the mentees of this year’s Future Foundation Mentorship programme and has been working with mentor Darren Young – creative director of Young Creative to continue her career development.

Anna Callan – Producer

Since graduating with a BA Architecture in July 2016 Anna has been working consistently in the Film and TV Industries.  In November 2020 she produced her first project, a BBC Two Minute Masterpiece ‘Best Served Cold’ and was available to view across the UK on the BBC Iplayer platform. ‘Run With Her’ is debut creative documentary project, which was funded by N.I Screen, the SDI and WalkOnAir Films and will premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival 2021. 

Anna also has over three years experience working in the Assistant Director Department on productions ranging from HETV to Film and Comedy, including Game of Thrones, Dublin Murders, Pixie and The Northman.  She is currently working as Producer’s Assistant on Netflix Feature Film, The School for Good and Evil.  Her aim is to work both in Northern Ireland and internationally to produce high quality projects, working with an idea from conception through to distribution. 


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