Three Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) graduates picked up awards at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards. The wins were in the Short Film and Animation categories.
Each of the three films nominated in the Short Film category were directed or produced by ECA graduates. Duncan Cowles (Film & TV - BA [Hons], 2013) and co-director Ross Hogg won in this category for their film Isabella. ECA alumni were also involved in two of the three films nominated in the Animation category. Director Cat Bruce (Animation - BA [Hons], 2011), and Producer Neil Jack (Animation - BA [Hons], 2001) of Ko Lik films won the award for their stop frame animation “No Place Like Home”.
"I couldn't be more chuffed at winning the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film,” said Duncan Cowles. “I was happy enough with the nomination and free meal, but to actually win is an incredible honour. Thanks to everybody who has supported us through the making of the film and beyond. It means a huge amount to both Ross and I."
Isabella is an experimental documentary about Ross's eponymous grandmother, who suffers from dementia and Parkinson's Disease. The film tackles issues of age and memory and plays with form, technique, structure and sound to represent Isabella's condition.
No Place Like Home was produced as part of the Scottish Shorts development and production initiative and tells the story of Sona, a self-reliant woman who struggles to preserve her way of life when threatened with eviction from her countryside home.
“I'm so happy to have won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Animation,” said Cat Bruce. “It was a great night, I was extremely nervous, but was so excited just to have been nominated. I'm extremely appreciative to everyone who helped make the film come to life. Big thanks to SFTN, Creative Scotland, Producer Neil Jack and everyone at Ko Lik, and a massive thank you to the DOP Mihail Ursu and Production designer Ailsa Williams who went above and beyond to make the film possible.”
The BAFTA Scotland award is the latest in a string of awards the pair have won for their film so far, including Best UK Short Film 19-25 from the BFI Future Film Festival in Feb 2016, the Scottish Short Film Jury Award, the Glasgow Short Film Festival and the NoBudget Competition Audience Award 2016 at the Hamburg Film Festival. Isabella was funded through an artist bursary scheme by Creative Scotland.
The BAFTA Scotland awards took place on the 6th November at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. In the Short Film category, nominated film Take Your Partners was directed by Siri Rodnes (Film & TV - BA [Hons], 2008) and produced by Stuart Condy (Film & TV - BA [Hons], 2010) and Sara Forbes (Film & TV - BA [Hons], 2010). Swan was produced by Anne Milne (Film Directing – MFA, 2010). Lewis Bolton (Animation - BA [Hons], 2014), was Motion Graphics Designer at Playdead Ltd who produced American Dream, which was also nominated in the Animation Category. Finally, Seven Songs for a Long Life - directed by ECA tutor Amy Hardie and produced by Sonja Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute - was nominated in the Single Documentary category.
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