Duncan Cowles is a BAFTA Scotland Award winning documentary filmmaker whose short films The Lady with the Lamp, Soft Toffee, Radio Silence, Directed by TweedieIsabella, Alexithymia, Taking Stock & Just Agree Then have been selected for various film festivals internationally winning a selection of awards, and gaining significant online exposure through platforms such as Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, BFI Player, It’s Nice That and more.

Duncan graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a 1st Class degree and a specialisation in documentary film, winning an Award for Distinguished work by the University upon graduating. He then went on to work for the internationally renowned Scottish Documentary Institute for three years on training programs and feature documentaries such as I am BreathingFuture My LovePablo’s WinterSeven Songs for a Long Life, Donkeyote, Time TrialBecoming Animal & Nae Pasaran. He also served for five years as part of the programming team for selecting feature documentaries for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013-2018.

In 2017 Duncan founded his own production company Relative Films Ltd and is currently working on his first feature film Silent Men which he took to IDFA Academy 2016 before being awarded development funding from the BFI, Creative Scotland & Whickers World Foundation. Duncan has also been commissioned to make work for Channel 4, STV, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4, TED, Adobe and more. He’s also hosted a range of documentary filmmaking workshops for all ages for D&AD, University of Edinburgh, BFI, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, VIS Vienna Shorts, Screen Academy Scotland, Mental Health Foundation, SHMU and more.

In addition to his core personal work, Duncan has directed/edited brand and commercial video content for clients such as TED, Adobe, Team Sky, Drink Wise Age Well, Jura Whisky, Graham’s Dairy, Mental Health Foundation, Filmhouse, QueryClick, Brother’s in Arms, Deep Sea World, IQ Chocolate, Uniform Dating, YourGP, Refugee Survival Trust, CodeClan, Media Gang, Africa in Motion, Deep Casing Tools, R&A, QAA, Toys R Us and more…


Award Highlights

Winner – BAFTA Scotland Award, Best Short Film 2016
Winner – Royal Television Society Scotland Award 2018
Winner – Scottish Short Film Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016
Winner – Scottish Short Film Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015
Winner – BFI Best UK Short Film & RAW Award 2016
Winner – Audience Award Deframed Competition, Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016
Winner – Vienna Shorts Two Month Artist Residency 2017 with Q21 & MuseumsQuartier
Winner – Best UK Short, Open City Documentary Festival 2017
Winner – Audience Award, Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2018
Winner – Audience Award, Szczecin European Film Festival 2018
Winner – Frē​sh18 Carbon Award

Nominated – IPSE Freelance Project of the Year 2019
Nominated –
BAFTA Scotland New Talent 2014: Best Factual
Nominated – London Critics Circle Award – Best British Short Film 2017
Nominated – London Critics Circle Award – Best British Short Film 2016
Nominated – Royal Television Society Scotland Student Best Factual 2013
Nominated – Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show Audience Award 2013
Nominated – Channel 4 Award for Innovation in Storytelling
Nominated – Best UK Short, Open City Documentary Festival 2016
Nominated Best Documentary, LSFF 2016
Nominated – Creative Edinburgh Award 2017

Festival Highlights

BFI London Film Festival, BFI Future Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Festival, ZagrebDox, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Dresden International Short Film Festival, Uppsala Short Film Festival, IndieLisboa Film Festival, VIS Vienna Shorts, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Seville European Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival,Open City Documentary Festival, Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, GoShort International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Brussels Short Film Festival, Szczecin European Film Festival, Cellu L’art Short Film Festival, Black Nights Film Festival POFF, ZubrOFFka International Short Film Festival, Norwegian International Short Film Festival, Message to Man International Short Film Festival, DokumentArt European Film Festival, XpoNorth, Inverness Film Festival, Cromarty Film Festival, The Smalls Film Festival, Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, East End Film Festival, British Shorts Berlin, Loco Comedy Film Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, Scottish Mental Health & Arts Film Festival, Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney

Download CV (in PDF format) here.

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