Ainslie Henderson's I Am Tom Moody won the Scottish audience award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival tonight, with the Scottish Jury Award going to Pouters, which impressed the judges with its "subtle and original approach" and strong cinematic style. Karama Has No Walls received a special mention for its powerful and human storytelling, and the International Audience Award went to Fear Of Flying.
The Bill Douglas Award from the International Jury went to Enraged Pigs, which was described as a mesmerising journey and a challenge to what film is and can do. Its excited producers attended via Skype from Brazil. The jury made special mention of Oh Willy and gave high paise for the overall quality of the shorts.
Our reviewer takes notes. Photo: Stuart Crawford
The four-day festival, held in Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts, has seen filmmakers mingle with fans in and around screenings, workshops and parties. An accident on the first night, when all the festival's free beer was put out at once, ensured a vibrant start to proceedings, even if it may have reduced audience sizes the following morning. Thankfully sponsors Fyne Ales generously provided replacement drink so the partying could continue over the days that followed.
This year's festival included a special focus on female filmmakers, which attracted large crowds. The work of several female artists specialising in short film was shown and discussions were held to try to answer the question of why women remain under-represented in the industry.
A special cosplay competition judged by Burnistoun's Robert Florence was won by a small child dressed as Princess Mononoke. The event also featured a celebratory battle.
The Short Film Festival is followed by the Youth Film Festival, which leads up to the launch of the main Glasgow Film Festival on Valentine's Day.