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Joe Carter



Joe Carter is an acclaimed writer and director based in Edinburgh. Having been funded to write and direct 'Funtimes' in 2012 which garnered a special mention at the esteemed Edinburgh International Film Festival as well as winning Grand Prix from This Is England film festival; Joe went on to produce no-budget short 'Scare Crow', again receiving recognition through its selection for DepicT! His 2017 SFTN Scottish short - 'I Was Here' also premiered at EIFF before being picked up by BBC Scotland for broadcast, whilst it was nominated for a coveted Scottish BAFTA award. Four years later Joe completed his 25K comedy feature titled ‘Bound’ that traversed numerous festivals including Dinard Film where the audience award. Currently under development with Jemma Rodgers (Junction Films) is their debut feature entitled “Helladay” as well as working with Channel X Hopscotch developing a sitcom set in Leith.



After a night out, two strangers wake up to find themselves handcuffed together in bed, forcing them to be stuck in each other’s lives until they figure a way out.

Director // Joe Carter

DOP  // Steve Cardno

Editor // Edd Maggs

Producer // Olivia Gifford

Title Graphic // Robbie Dickson

I Was Here

Joe Carter and Writer Morna Pearson introduce this Scottish BAFTA nominated film. Shot entirely in Elgin, and featuring a cast of new actors from the area, this short film tells the story of Isla, a feisty but isolated young girl who finds the attention she needs when she chances upon a dead body in a derelict building.


"Scarecrow," directed by Joe Carter, is a pulse-pounding horror short that was shortlisted for the Depict! Short, Sharp, Shock horror competition. This bone-chilling film follows a stranded couple who seek shelter in a farmhouse, only to encounter a malevolent scarecrow that comes to life, unleashing a nightmarish battle for survival.

Fun Times

A short film written, directed and edited by Joe Carter. Made on a £2500 budget from the Vison+ Media GreenShoots scheme which is financed from the UK Film Council lottery fund.


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