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DCA hosts one-off screening of award-winning Scottish films

DCA hosts one-off screening of award-winning Scottish films

Celebrated tales of the Scottish Highlands, a misguided monkey and seagull stalkers are coming to Dundee.

This month The DCA will showcase five of Scotland's finest short films produced by DigiCult, Scotland's internationally renowned new talent studio.

Ian Waugh, director of the award-winning As He Lay Falling, will also appear at the event, and will discuss his film and answer questions from the audience.

Between them the five short films being screened have picked up two Scottish BAFTAs, an animation award and a best acting gong, among other accolades.

As part of a multi-venue tour of Scotland, the films will all be shown once only in Dundee on Saturday, March 28.

What's showing

As He Lay Falling

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"Forced to migrate for work, Georgios has travelled to Scotland from Greece. Unable to find pay, he has drifted north, settling on a peninsula at the edge of the remote Scottish Highlands."

Winner of the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival ‘Ciudad de Soria’ in Spain, As He Lay Falling has been screened at a number of the world's foremost film festivals.

Exchange and Mart

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"A school girl’s self-defence lesson is the only human touch she gets. When attacked in the woods, she knows what she has to do."

Awarded the Best British Short at the Leeds Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival 2014 too, Exchange and Mart is about an unorthodox self-defense class yielding unusual results.

Hear from the directors here.

Monkey Love Experiments

Monkey Love Experiments Trailer from ainslie henderson on Vimeo.

"Inspired by love, a misguided monkey believes he's destined for the moon"

Monkey Love Experiments was the winner of the animation award at the Scottish BAFTAs and of the ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution to Short Film’ at the Edinburgh International Film Festival - but will monkey make it to the moon?

Seagulls

Martin Smith : Seagulls Trailer from the gate films on Vimeo.

When a young showman visits a new town he struggles to fit in. Seagulls follows Ryan as he attempts to bond with a group of local boys.

Multiple award-winner Martin Smith newest film debuted at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film and has since screened at over 20 international film festivals.

More nominations, including at the Hamburg, Leeds, Almeria En Corto and IndieCork film festivals, were soon to follow.

Wyld

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Julie, a young barmaid, must decide between the new responsibilities of her adult life and the intense, sometimes violent friendship of her youth when an old friend Jenna pays her an unexpected visit at work.

Even before Rory Alexander Stewart’s short film Wyld had been premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival, its leading lady Julie Speers had already won a BAFTA New Talent award for her excellent performance.

Not bad when you consider that the short was filmed in the pub where she usually works as a barmaid.

“Our Shorts for Wee Ones and Middle Ones have always been well-received by young audiences in Dundee," said Alice Black, Head of Cinema at DCA.

"We are very excited to see how the rest of our cinema-goers take in these fascinating films.

"Not short on talent or imagination, these films are some of the very best examples of contemporary Scottish cinema made in the past year whatever their length.

"As well as the five brilliant new shorts, we are also pleased to welcome director Ian Waugh for a special Q&A after the films.”

The director himself added that it was great to see venues like the DCA screening shorter films.

“After filming As He Lay Falling in the West Highlands, I’ve been lucky enough to travel with the film to festivals around Europe," he said.

"I’m delighted that it is now being seen by more audiences throughout Scotland on Digicult’s Cinema Tour.

"All films are made to be watched in cinemas, but this is increasingly difficult for short films. Thanks to venues like DCA, it’s great to see that situation changing.”

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