Donkeyote, a documentary by Chico Pereira, is nominated in the Feature Film category. The film’s cinematography is by Film Directing - MA alumnus Julian Schwanitz. Julian is now also a tutor at ECA.
The film follows Manolo and his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”) from Spain as they plan to walk the 2,200-mile Trail of Tears in the US. There are many obstacles along the way, including shipping a donkey across the Atlantic, Manolo’s chronic arthritis and history of heart attacks, not to mention Gorrión’s fear of water. The film is a Scottish Documentary Institute production – the Institute is a research centre based at ECA, headed up by Professor Noe Mendelle.
In the Short Film category, there are nominations for 1745 by Gordon Napier and Plastic Man by Yulia Kovanova.
1745 is a Scottish Film Talent Network-funded short costume drama directed by Film Directing - MFA graduate Gordon Napier. The film, which follows two young, black slaves who escape into the wilds of 18th century Scotland, has already been awarded a Special Jury Mention at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 and is screening at festivals around the country, including BFI London Film Festival and the Black International Festival. The cinematographer was this film was also tutor and alumnus Julian Schwanitz.
Plastic Man is about an artist whose acts of environmental destruction make us consider our own acts of violence against nature. The film – which was produced by Tracey Fearnehough, a director and Teaching Fellow at ECA and edited by ECA tutor Anthea Harvey - was made through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap programme, in response to the theme “REBELLION”.
And an Animation graduate, Selina Wagner, has been nominated in the animation category for Spindrift. The film tells the story of a girl, more eagle than human, who must decide between a life on the wing and her humanity when a stranger arrives on the tide. Selina has been working as a freelance animator for 14 years and has created over 40 TV commercials and many short films for clients including the BBC, Irn Bru and Breast Cancer Care.