Emerging filmmakers honoured at BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards

New Scottish screen talent was celebrated at the award ceremony in Glasgow last night which saw Sarah Miele take home the award for Female Acting Performance for her role in Grimm Street, in which she played a character with muscular dystrophy. The Acting Performance Male award was then clinched by 23-year-old Daniel Cameron for his role in I Am Me, in which he played a character with autism.

BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award. Photo credit: Andy Buchanan 

The annual awards ceremony recognises, inspires and celebrates the diverse array of emerging practitioners from all over Scotland and gives up-and-coming screen talent an all-important platform to showcase their work to the wider sector. 

These awards, unique to Scotland, provide an invaluable opportunity for filmmakers to launch their careers.- Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive

36 nominees were selected across 12 categories, by juries made up of screen sector professionals, including animation, sound, design, production, entertainment and writer.

In the writing category sponsored by Creative Scotland, Michal Wdowiak won for his comedy-drama short Yogi, a film he wrote for his final year at College.  Wdowiak also picked up the Editor Award supported by Edit 123 for the short.

Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive at Creative Scotland said: “It was a great night, and inspiring to see so much new and emerging talent on show.  These awards, unique to Scotland, provide an invaluable opportunity for filmmakers to launch their careers. Many previous awardees have gone on to do amazing things, and this year’s winners and nominees are sure to follow in their footsteps.”

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “The BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards is dedicated to encouraging and nurturing up-and-coming talent in Scotland and, once again, we’ve seen there is no shortage of this. Tonight we applauded and celebrated some fantastic emerging talent and congratulations to our very worthy winners.”

The awards were hosted by author, broadcaster and journalist Muriel Gray at Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery. Muriel Gray, ceremony host, said: “This is now my fifth year hosting the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards and every year I am blown away by the pool of new talent in Scotland. I wish all winners the best of luck in their future careers.”

View the full list of winners on the BAFTA Scotland website.

Notes to Editors

About BAFTA and BAFTA Scotland

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 programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. 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, TV and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

BAFTA Scotland has been championing the country’s film, television and game industries since 1989, celebrating and rewarding excellence through its annual British Academy Scotland Awards and BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. BAFTA Scotland is at the core of Scotland’s screen industries, regularly engaging its members and the wider industry while reaching out to the public via a comprehensive range of screenings, educational events and masterclasses. www.bafta.org/scotland

About Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

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