Our Patrons

Iain Smith

Iain Smith

Born and raised in Glasgow, Iain is one of the UK’s most experienced film producers. He has served on the boards of the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen, the Joint board of Creative Scotland, the Children’s Film and Television Foundation. He has been a Governor of the National Film and Television School, Chair of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Film Industry Training Board and the Film Skills Council. Currently Chair of the British Film Commission, he is also a patron of the London Film School, sits on the Advisory Board of the Scottish Screen Media Academy, and the Media Academy Wales. He is a board member of Film London In 2005 he was awarded a BAFTA for Outstanding Achievement in Film, and was made an OBE by HM the Queen in 2008 for services to the film industry. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at Edinburgh Napier University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Iain Smith has produced many successful and award winning films around the world, including “The Killing Fields”, “The Mission”, “The Fifth Element”, “Children of Men”, “Spy Game” “Cold Mountain” and most recently the six times Oscar winning “Mad Max: Fury Road”

I’m President Because…

I’m President because I believe Scotland badly needs to serve the interests of it’s young people better in finding creative and vocational opportunities in the media.

Jason Connery

Jason Connery

Jason Connery has appeared in over 80 films, television movies and series, combined, since his breakthrough role as "Robin Hood" in the UK television series Robin of Sherwood in 1985.

He has since had starring roles in many feature films including Return of the Thief of Baghdad, Bullet to Beijing, Macbeth, Urban Ghost Story, Shanghai Noon, Wishmaster 3 The Gates of Hell, and Night skies. He has also starred in Television Movies, Merlin, Spymaker The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, Lightspeed, Mountain of Diamonds, and many series, Smallville, Liberty’s Kids, and Shoebox Zoo to name but a few.

In 2015 he shot Tommy’s Honour in Scotland and opened the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016 and won the Scottish BAFTA for Best Film later in the year. He has a number of other projects in development, “Of Corset’s Mine” looks to be shooting in the spring of 2021. Connery has also been concentrating for the last 2 years on getting First Stage Studios in Leith, Edinburgh, up and running with his business partner Bob Last.

I’m a Patron Because…

I feel that there is far too much emphasis put on how much or who has the right to tell stories on film. If I can help young Scots, in any way extinguish that belief and promote the idea that anyone can tell their stories and it doesn’t have anything to do with money or right. It has to do with having fun, expressing themselves, telling their stories and not being hogtied by social constraints. That is why I am a SYFF Patron.

Rachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson

Award winning Scottish actress and comedian. Won a Herald Scottish Culture Award ‘One to Watch’ Trained at Rose Bruford. Nominated for The Spotlight Prize. Nominated for best new comedian at The Scottish Variety Awards and The Scottish Comedy Awards. Played Wendy in ‘Beats’ from Ken Loach’s production company with Steven Soderbergh as executive producer. ‘Beats’ was part of ‘The Great 8’ which was shown at a private screening at Cannes. Played Donna in Karen Gillan’s directorial debut ‘The Party’s Just beginning’ which went to TriBeCa Film Festival in NYC as well as The Glasgow International Film Festival and was nominated for best feature film at The Scottish Baftas. Roles in TV Shows such as ‘Outlander’ (Starz) ‘Still Game’ (BBC One) ‘Two Doors Down’ (BBC Two) and Scot Squad (BBC One) Wrote and starred in a 6 part mini series for BBC Three called ‘Bunny Boiler’ Did a show of the same title at The Edinburgh Fringe which did very well critically. As well as acting, Rachel is also a working stand up comedian and has three solo shows under her belt (Bunny Boiler, Force of Nature and Slutty Little Goldfish) and has performed everywhere from the UK to Berlin, Beijing, NYC, Tokyo and LA. Rachel’s Stand Up telly credits include ‘The Stand Up Sketch Show’ for ITV2 and ‘The Comedy Underground’ for BBC Scotland. Has also written and performed in sketches for BBC Scotland, BBC Writers Room and Channel 4.

I’m a Patron Because…

I got my start in youth theatre and think it’s such a brilliant and important thing to do in your adolescence. Both to further your aspirations and to make similarly minded friends. I’m so happy and excited to be joining SYFF as a patron.

Andrew Rothney

Andrew Rothney

Andrew has worked across film, television and theatre. His credits include

Television/ Film Credits: The Spanish Princess (Starz), The Victim (BBC), Catherine the Great (HBO/SKY), Outlander (Starz), Shetland (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Lost Girls and Love Hotels, Mary Queen of Scots, The Huntsman

His theatre credits include The James Plays (NTS), Small Island (National Theatre)

I’m a Patron Because…

Allowing young people to share their creativity and work towards a shared project is so important. The confidence it brings is priceless, by broadening their knowledge of film making, the industry and learning new skills.

Sara Vickers

Sara Vickers

Sara Vickers is an actor from Edinburgh. She was a member of the Lyceum Youth theatre whilst at school and moved to London in 2007 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating she has worked extensively in television including The Watchmen (HBO), Guilt (BBC), Endeavour (ITV), Sunshine on Leith (DNA films), Mandown (CH4), The Alienist (TNT) and Shetland (BBC).

I’m a Patron Because…

I am an SYFF patron because I believe they provide truly unique and invaluable opportunities. I never had the chance to experience camera work before being on a job and there is so much to learn. SYFF allows young people the opportunity to explore the complex filming process at a grassroots level. They provide a place of safety to get creative, experiment, have fun and make friends. SYFF have the power to inspire and instil confidence in Scotland’s future film-makers.