Ross Hogg & Duncan Cowles
area: Dokumentary Film, Animation, Film
areaDokumentary Film, Animation, Film
recommending institutionVIS Vienna Shorts
time periodMay 2017 - June 2017
Ross Hogg is an animation filmmaker based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2013, Ross creates dexterous, hand-crafted animation using a variety of materials, celebrating the vibrancy and physicality of the medium.
Since graduating, his films have been successful on the festival circuit, screening internationally whilst gaining recognition and attention. Ross has received three BAFTA Scotland nominations in consecutive years while his film, Spectators, won the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and the Celtic Media Festival Award for Animation in 2014. His recent co-directed short, Isabella, won the Scottish Short Film Jury Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival, the No Budget Audience Award at Hamburg International Short Film Festival, and two awards at the BFI Future Film Festival in London.
Ross now works on a freelance basis on a range of animation projects whilst occasionally teaching on the undergraduate and masters programmes at the Glasgow School of Art.
Life Cycles, 2016
WINNER: No Budget Audience Award, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, 2016
WINNER: Scottish Short Film Jury Award, Glasgow Short Film Festival, 2016
WINNER: Best UK Short Film 19-25, BFI Future Film Festival, 2016
WINNER: BFI RAW Award, 2016
NOMINATION: Best Documentary, London Short Film Festival, 2016
NOMINATION: Best Director/s, BFI Future Film Festival, 2016
NOMINATION: BAFTA Scotland Award 2015: Best Animation
WINNER: BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award 2014: Best Animation
WINNER: Celtic Media Festival Award 2014: Best Animation
NOMINATION: BAFTA Scotland Award 2014: Best Animation
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, 2013
NOMINATION: BAFTA Scotland Award 2013: Best Animation
Duncan Cowles graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st Class degree and a specialisation in documentary film, winning both the Audience Award and an Award for Distinguished work by the University at his graduation.
His short films The Lady with the Lamp, Soft Toffee, Radio Silence, Directed by Tweedie & Isabella have been selected for various film festivals at home and internationally.
The Lady with the Lamp, Duncan’s first short film played at many festivals such as Glasgow Short Film Festival, The Smalls, London Short Film Festival, East End Film Festival and more before going on to receive over 300,000 views overnight upon premiering online.
Duncan was then nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in 2014 for his graduation film Radio Silence. Which also toured internationally and went on to be staff picked on Vimeo receiving 35,000 views in it’s first 24hours online.
His 2014 film, Directed by Tweedie, commissioned by Scottish Documentary Institute / Creative Scotland, premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2014. The film has since gone on to be shown at festivals such as ZagrebDox, Seville European Film Festival, Hot Springs Doc Fest, Future Shorts and more, as well as winning Best Scottish Short Film at Glasgow Short Film Festival, being shortlisted for a Channel 4 Innovation in Storytelling Award and nominated for Best British Short at the London Critics Circle Awards 2016.
Now working on a freelance basis, Duncan previously worked for almost three years full-time at the international recognised documentary research centre Scottish Documentary Institute as their technical and marketing coordinator, assisting in training, production and distribution of their award winning documentary films such as I am Breathing, Future My Love & Seven Songs for a Long Life.
Now as well as programming feature documentaries for the Edinburgh Int. Film Festival, Duncan has finished his second Creative Scotland commission with BAFTA Scotland nominated animator Ross Hogg called Isabella, and is now developing his first longer documentary feature project (supported by the BFI), alongside a slate of new shorts.
Isabella had its World Premiere at the 2016 London Short Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Documentary, and its N. American premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, before it went on to win the BFI Best UK short Film (19-25) & the BFI Raw Award at the BFI Future Film Festival in February 2016 and the Jury Award for Best Scottish Short Film at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016. Most recently the film has won the Audience Award at Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016
FESTIVAL SELECTIONS & AWARDS
Winner - 2015 & 2016 Scottish Short Film Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival
Winner - BFI Best UK Short Film & RAW Award 2016
Winner - Audience Award NoBudget Competition, Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016
BAFTA Scotland Award 2016 - Best Short Film (Nominated)
BAFTA Scotland New Talent 2014: Best Factual (Nominated)
London Critics Circle Award - Best British Short Film 2016 (Nominated)
Royal Television Society Scotland Student Best Factual 2013 (Nominated)
Winner - Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show Audience Award 2013
Channel 4 Award for Innovation in Storytelling (Nominated)
Nominated - Best UK Short, Open City Docs 2016
Hot Springs Documentary Festival 2015
Greenwich Film Festival 2015
Szczecin European Film Festival 2015
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014 / 2016
Glasgow Short Film Festival 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016
Hamburg Int Short Film Festival 2013
London Short Film Festival 2013 / 2016 (nominated Best Doc)
East End Film Festival 2012
Aesthetica Film Festival 2013 / 2014 / 2016
The Smalls Film Festival 2013 (Nominated Best UK Comedy)
Inverness Film Festival 2013 / 2014
Flatpack Film Festival 2014 / 2015 (Nominated Best UK Short)
DocHeads/Directors UK 2013 / 2014 / 2015
Seville European Film Festival 2015
ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival 2015
Cromarty Film Festival 2014 / 2015
Dunoon Film Festival 2015
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2016
BFI Future Festival 2016 (nom - Best UK Short + Best director)
British Shorts Berlin 2016
IndieLisboa Film Festival 2016
Vienna Independent Shorts 2016
Encounters Short Film Festival 2016
Uppsalla Short Film Festival 2016
Time to spend developing and editing Duncan’s first feature documentary film. The film is a personal film that looks at Duncan’s inabilities in being able to show emotion to those closest to him (see treatment). The film is currently supported by the BFI through their RAW Award and the Scottish Documentary Institute. (funding pending from Creative Scotland) Time would also be used to create or work on another short personal film, likely surrounding similar themes.