We’re delighted to announce, that at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards held on 14th April in Glasgow, Screen Academy Scotland (Edinburgh Napier),  MFA Advanced Film Practice student, Robin Haig, together with her team of other Edinburgh Napier post-graduate alumnae (Lindsay McGee, Mandy Lee and Claire Nicol), won the Award for Best Drama for her film Hula, starring Blythe Duff.

The film was co-written and directed by Robin as part of her MFA in Advanced Film Practice, and tells the story of Clara, an unhappy divorcee who rediscovers the joy of life after opening a B&B in the Highlands. Former Taggart star Blythe spent a week in Robin’s home while the film was made.

Hula received funding through Allan Shiach’s Rafford scholarship grant. Edinburgh Napier’s Rafford Award provides bursaries and grants for MFA advanced film practice students. Dr Allan Shiach is an Honorary Professor of Film at Edinburgh Napier University and writing as Allan Scott, he is an acclaimed screenwriter and film producer.

Screen Academy Scotland was well represented in the other categories.
Lucid, the graduation film of Screen Academy Scotland, ECA graduate Lucy Joan Barnes was also nominated in Drama category. The film was directed by Barnes with Edinburgh Napier post-graduate students on the crew (Fraser Stephen, Cinematography; Filip De Pina, Editor; Nils Gustenhofen, Screenwriter). Another Screen Academy Scotland, ECA  film Lemuria. directed by  MA Film Directing graduate Veronika Koubova was nominated for Composer and Sound and won in the Sound categories. Also Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh Napier MA Film graduate Mihail Ursu was nominated for Best Camerawork/Photography on No Place Like Home.

It is fantastic that the BAFTA judging panels, made up of industry representatives, have recognised the potential of these talented graduates.