The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland has today announced the winners of the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards at a glittering ceremony at The Arches, Glasgow. Hosted by Muriel Gray for the fourth year, the event honoured new work made by students and emerging practitioners, highlighting the bright future of Scottish film, television, animation and games.
Each year, BAFTA Scotland celebrates and rewards the diverse array of up-and-coming talent working within Scotland’s moving image industries. The British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards of 2015 featured 39 nominees from across the country. Judging panels made up of industry professionals considered hundreds of entries to decide the shortlist and winners for each of the 14 categories.
Among this year’s winners was 12-year-old, Hannah Ord, who took home the Actress award for her role in short film Last Night in Edinburgh.
There was also a double win for Patata Tortilla, a short that scooped the Drama award and the Writer award, supported by Creative Scotland, for Ben Sharrock.
The Entertainment award was given to The Wee ‘Hings, a short film commissioned by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony that was screened to over 40,000 people at Celtic Park before the Games began.
BAFTA Scholarship Programme recipient, Steven Cameron Ferguson, won the Camera/Photography award and then went on to win the prestigious Best New Work award, supported by Channel 4 – the final prize of the night, billed as a best-of-the-best award, as he was selected from among the 13 other category winners. In 2013, Steven was one of ten students awarded funding by BAFTA to help with post-graduate schemes as part of their programme of UK scholarships. Steven was awarded £10,000 towards the MA Cinematography at the National Film and Television school.
Other awards went to: Nick Ikunda for Actor, supported by The Woven Thread; Domestic Appliances for Animation; Richy Carey for Composer, supported by PRS for Music; Anthony Devine for Design; Benjamin Cook for Editor, supported by Edit 123; Marty Goes to Hollywood for Factual; Seek for Game; Kevin Walls for Sound.
Muriel Gray, ceremony host, said: “It was an honour to host the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards once again. This was another year of incredible talent and I wish all winners the best of luck in their future careers.”
Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “The British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards reflect up-and-coming talent in Scotland across film, television, games, and animation, and once again Scotland has shown it has a wealth of creative talent. It has been wonderful to encourage and applaud emerging talent tonight and congratulations to all of our very worthy winners.”
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FULL LIST WITH WINNERS HIGHLIGHTED IN BOLD
ACTOR supported by The Woven Thread
LEWIS BAXTER Tide
DARREN CONNELL Scot Squad
NICK IKUNDA Happy Together
HANNAH ORD Last Night in Edinburgh
GEORGIA RAYMOND A Love Divided
ASHLEY SMITH Scot Squad
DOMESTIC APPLIANCES Lewis Firth Bolton – Edinburgh College of Art
MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES Kieran Duncan, Tom Paxton, Steph Flynn, Phillip Vaughan – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
SEPARATE LIVES Mayra Hernandez Rios, Jared Taylor, Aleksandra Kovač - Edinburgh College of Art
STEVEN CAMERON FERGUSON Sick
IAN FORBES Seahorse
ANDREW O’CONNOR The Still Heart Beating
COMPOSER supported by PRS for Music
RICHY CAREY Lichtspiel: Opus I
AMIN KESHMIRI The Scribbler
ALIA E. TORRIE When the Tide Comes In
ANTHONY DEVINE Boat
MARINA MACLEAN Waitress
FRANCES COLLIER Whistle My Lad
LAST NIGHT IN EDINBURGH Bita Shafipour, Chris Boyd - Sociarts Productions/Seventh Crow
PATATA TORTILLA Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai - Edinburgh Napier University/Screen Academy Scotland/Caravan Cinema/REC
THE SCRIBBLER Kurosh Kani, Hannah Smith, Jennifer Barrie - The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
EDITOR supported by Edit 123
ALLY BHATIA Waitress
BENJAMIN COOK The Scribbler
ARTUR ZAREMBA Our Father
THE CYCLIST Sarah Grant - Dream To Screen/Media Trust/ Cineworld Foundation/Jack Petchey Foundation
MIDDLE MAN Charlie Francis, Katie White - Falkirk Girl On Film
THE WEE ‘HINGS Iain Henderson, Stuart Jackson, Laura Briggs, Shaun Dempsey - Glasgow Clyde College/Creative Loop
AFTER THE CRASH Tomasz Motyka - AlbaVideo
LATE NIGHT IN GLASGOW Kurosh Kani, Dayna Baptie, Louise Dawson - The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
MARTY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Martyn Robertson, Ian Bustard - Urbancroft Films/ Bustard Productions
LEILA AND THE LITTLE FOLK Bruce Lamond - Shinymonkey
REVENANT Stuart Tait, Ellen Brown, Mark Thompson, Vince Finlayson - Blank Canvas
SEEK Vimarsh Raina, Amy Stevens, Jessica Hider, Christopher Dickson - FivePixels
RICHY CAREY Phonic Imagery
CHRIS GAYNE Anna
KEVIN WALLS Identical
WRITER supported by Creative Scotland
GILLIAN PARK Flotsam
JAMES PRICE Dropping Off Michael
BEN SHARROCK Patata Tortilla
BEST NEW WORK supported by Channel 4
STEVEN CAMERON FERGUSON Sick
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.