THE Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance is hoping there might be three new categories on the horizon at future BAFTA Scotland Award ceremonies after an open letter to the head of the film body. BAFTA Scotland have confirmed they will raise the letter as part of the agenda at an upcoming committee meeting in December.
Said an Alliance spokesperson: “Whilst we do not disagree in any way with those who have received nominations in recent years at the British Academy Scotland Awards, it would be great if independent films and filmmakers could compete on a level playing field at the same ceremony and receive the recognition they potentially deserve. These are often films and filmmakers who have been widely celebrated at events/screenings both at home and around the world.”
Established in 2011 by Andrew O’Donnell and Chris Quick, the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance was initially launched as an online directory for film and television professionals working in Glasgow. In 2012, the alliance expanded into networking events when they were invited by Stephen Paton of Production Attic Ltd to form what would become the Glasgow Creative Network. In the same year, Mr Quick, a member of BAFTA Scotland also led the successful campaign to get the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards recognised by IMDB.
Said Mr Quick: “We are delighted that our proposal will be given the chance to be reviewed and we thank BAFTA Scotland for making this possible. Whilst there is still a lot of work to do and many details to be discussed by the committee, I think we can say with some accuracy that a step in the right direction has been made and we look forward to the outcome of the meeting.”
The awards proposal is due to be discussed by the BAFTA Scotland committee at its next meeting on Tuesday 9th December 2014.