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New Talent Unveiled by BAFTA in Scotland

22 March 2013

Glasgow, 21 March 2103: The winners of the annual BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards were unveiled at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow’s Òran Mór. Hosted by Muriel Gray for the second year running, the event honours new work made by students and first-time practitioners, highlighting the bright future of Scottish film, television and games.

Each year, BAFTA in Scotland celebrates and rewards the diverse array of emerging talent working within Scotland’s moving image industry. The New Talent Awards of 2013 featured 33 nominees from across the country, as well as England, Spain and Romania, all living or studying in Scotland. Judging panels made up from more than forty industry professionals went through hundreds of entries to decide the shortlist and winners for each of the 11 categories. The panellists are all highly experienced screen professionals, some of whom are former BAFTA winners, including Zam Salim, who won Best Director at 2012’s BAFTA in Scotland awards,

12 year old Daniel Kerr became the youngest ever New Talent winner, taking home the Acting Performance award for his portrayal of gangster Paul Ferris in the film ‘The Wee Man’. Recovering heroin addict and film director, Garry Fraser, won the Factual category for his documentary ‘Everybody’s Child’. The documentary sees Fraser return to the poor, marginalised community he grew up in, facing up to the damage that crime and drugs inflicted upon his life, as he works to ensure his three children have something he never had; a loving, supportive family.

Hannah and the Moon was awarded the prestigious Best New Work award, sponsored by Channel 4. This was the final prize of the night and is a ‘best of the best’, as it featured each of the 11 category winners going forward to be judged by a special panel for additional recognition.

Other awards went to: Kate Charter and Joseph Atkinson in the Animation category, while the team behind ‘Lost Serenity’ won two awards, Alan McLaughlin for Director of Photography and Pier Daniel Cornacchia & Ana Irina Roman clinched the Sound Design category. Simone Smith picked up the Editor award for ‘Red’ and the Entertainment award went to ‘The State of Greenock’, a satirical mockumentary set in Greenock in the year 2020 imagining the town as independent from the rest of the United Kingdom. ‘Ahora, No’ triumphed in the Fiction category, Best Game went to Dapper Hat Games for ‘Mr Montgomery’s Debonair Facial Hair’, Chris Bradley won Best Original Music for his work in ‘Killer’ and Rory Alexander Stewart hailed in the Writer category for ‘Liar’.

Says Alan de Pellette, Acting Director of BAFTA in Scotland: “A massive congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and nominees. BAFTA is at the core of excellence in the screen industries and we are so proud to recognise and celebrate up and coming talent in Scotland. The standard of entries just gets higher each year and I was particularly happy to see the successful addition of two new categories in Entertainment and Sound Design. It’s exciting and to see the next generation of our film, television and games industries bursting on to the scene and for BAFTA in Scotland to be part of their journey”.

Ian Mackenzie, Media Project Manager for Channel 4 Creative Diversity said, “Channel 4 are delighted and proud to be continuing their support of the awards. For a second year in a row the Best New Work award has been won by an Animation. Scottish animators have been winning awards all over recently; it’s a world class group of creative people. So congratulations to Kate Charter and Joseph Atkinson on joining such a talented and exciting part of the industry.”

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland also commented, “Congratulations to the winners of this year’s BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards. Being recognised in this way will, we hope, be a valuable springboard towards greater and sustained success for these very talented new and emerging film makers.”

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Full list of winners

Daniel Kerr
Carnaby International Productions

BEST NEW WORK (Sponsored by Channel 4)
Kate Charter, Joseph Atkinson
Edinburgh College of Art (eca)

Kate Charter, Joseph Atkinson
Edinburgh College of Art (eca)

Alan McLaughlin

Simone Smith

Gavin Grant, David Newman, Pamela Barnes
University of the West of Scotland

Garry Fraser, Aimara Reques
Aconite Productions

Elia Ballesteros, Gloria Bartolomé, Kate Campbell
The Coven Films / La Tarara

Ronan Quigley, Nikita Bewley, Eilis Armstrong, Charlie McFadden, Stuart Martin, Alex Hopkins, Allan Robertson
Dapper Hat Games

ORIGINAL MUSIC (Sponsored by PRS for Music)
Chris Bradley
Mead Kerr Ltd

Pier Daniel Cornacchia, Ana Irina Roman

Rory Alexander Stewart
Blue Iris Films, Collabor8te


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About the BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards

Starting in 1996, the BAFTA in Scotland New Talent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that inspires, honours and celebrates emerging screen talent from or based in Scotland. By rewarding excellence and showcasing new work across the film, television and games disciplines, the annual ceremony gives up-and-coming practitioners an all-important first step in launching themselves into the wider professional industry.