BAFTA Scotland win for No Place Like Home

Cat Bruce’s No Place Like Home scooped the Animation award at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards 2016 on 6th November.

The ceremony took place at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel and was hosted by Edith Bowman. The Awards celebrated the very best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland.

No Place Like Home was one of six New Talent Short films commissioned by the Scottish Film Talent Network in 2015. The SFTN consortium comprises the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

Congratulations to Cat Bruce, Neil Jack and the rest of the team!


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Seagulls wins Tiburon IFF award

Martin Smith’s Seagulls won a Golden Reel award for Best Short Children’s Film at Tiburon International Film Festival. It took home the prize last Friday (17th April) at the festival’s closing party.

The 14th Tiburon Internation Film Festival ran 9th-17th April 2015 in Tiburon, California. It is an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world.

Congratulations to Martin, producer Sarah Drummond and the rest of the crew involved!

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Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments has done it again! The animation has won the Channel 4 Innovation Award for Storytelling, a new prize at the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The jury said the following:

“This intricate combination of stop motion, live action and 3D animation transported us into a singular, surreal environment. Seeing the world through the eyes of a confused – and somewhat deluded – primate, elicited deep emotional responses from the jury.”

The award was made at the closing event of the festival on Sunday 15 March.

Most of the Scottish Shorts 2014 slate competed this year at GSFF – Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling, Martin Smith’s Seagulls, Rory Alexander Stewart’s Wyld and Monkey Love Experiments. Last year, Cara Connolly and Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart won the GSFF Audience Award.

Congratulations to  Ainslie, Will, Cameron Fraser of Ko Lik and the rest of the crew involved!

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Monkey Love Experiments wins LSFF award

Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments has won another award! The film nabbed the award for Best Animation at the London Short Film Festival on Sunday 18th January.

This follows its BAFTA nomination earlier this month, and its BAFTA Scotland win for Best Animation in November.

Also, Ruth Paxton won Best Woman Director for her work on Pulse, a short commissioned via the NEW MUSIC BIENNAL / COMMONWEALTH GAMES by the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY and produced in association with DigiCult’s sister company EDGE CITY FILMS.

This comes four years after Ruth’s DigiCult film Paris/Sexy won Best British Short Film at LSFF 2011.

The 18th London Short Film Festival ran from 8th – 18th January 2015.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Monkey Love Experiments nominated for BAFTA

Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments has been nominated for a 2015 BAFTA in the Animated Films category. The film was developed and produced through Scottish Shorts, a Creative Scotland supported initiative from DigiCult and Hopscotch Films.

This follows its triumph in November, when it won Best Animation at BAFTA Scotland.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday 8th February at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. The event will be broadcasted by the BBC.

Congratualtions to Ainslie, Will, producer Cameron Fraser, and the rest of the crew involved!


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Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling won the Directors Jury Award “We, the filmmakers” at the International Short Film Festival ‘City of Soria’.

The 16th International Short Film Festival ‘City of Soria’ (Certamen Internacional de Cortos Ciudad de Soria) ran from 16th – 30th November in Soria, Spain. The film played in Session 1 of the ‘Short A Contest’ on Sunday 23rd November. The jury comprised of all the Directors in Soria’s Official Competition.

Congratulations to Ian Waugh, Richard Warden, Jim Webster and the rest of the crew involved.


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Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart won the British Short Film Competition award at Leeds International Film Festival.

The jury stated that it was ‘A beautifully executed coming of age film.’

The film was nominated alongside Martin Smith’s Seagulls. Both films played at Hyde Park Picture House on Saturday 15th November.

Running from 5th to 20th November, the 28th Leeds International Film Festival was the largest film festival in England outside London, and an Academy Award Qualifying Festival through its short film awards.

Congratulations to Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, Phoebe Grigor, Maeve McMahon and the rest of the crew involved.


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Huge congratulations to the crew of Monkey Love Experiments for their win at last night’s BAFTA Scotland awards! Will Anderson & Ainslie Henderson’s film, about a monkey who believes he is destined for the moon, scooped the award for Best Animation.

Sadly Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart was nominated for Best Short Film but lost to Ewan Stewart’s great piece Getting On, produced by the very talented Maeve McMahon.

A massive shout out to David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jonathan Asser and everyone at Sigma for Starred Up‘s multiple awards, winning Best Feature, Best Director for David and Best Writer for Jonathan.

Last but not least, congratulations to Lindy Cameron, Don Coutts and patron of DigiCult Margaret Matheson for Best Children’s Programme awarded to Katie Morag.

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees on the night!



Ian Waugh’s As He Lay Falling is in competition at Stockholm Film Festival for the Aluminium Horse Short Film award.  It will screen on the 9th and 12th November at Bio Mauritz at Filmhuset, as part of the Short Film Competition 2 programme.

The 25th Stockholm International Film Festival runs between 5th-16th November and will be the largest programme yet, with over 200 films from over 60 countries.

As He Lay Falling continues to impress internationally during its festival run. The film received special mentions at the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus and Reykjavik Film Festival for the Golden Egg Award.

Congratulations to Ian Waugh, Richard Warden, Jim Webster and the rest of the crew involved.


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Congratulations to our Scottish Shorts filmmakers nominated for BAFTA Scotland awards!

Cara Connolly & Martin Clark’s Exchange and Mart competes in the Short Film category and Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson’s Monkey Love Experiments is nominated in the Animation category.

This follows recent international festival success for both shorts – Monkey Love Experiments screened two weeks ago at Chicago Film Festival, and Exchange and Mart will screen daily from 5th to 7th November as part of the Youth Programme at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

The 2014 British Academy Scotland Awards will take place on Sunday 16th November at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Good luck to all the filmmakers involved!


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