How much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?

WINNERBAFTA Scotland Award 2016 – Best Short Film
WINNER Best UK Short Film 19-25 – BFI Future Film Festival, February 2016
WINNER – BFI RAW Award 2016
WINNER – Scottish Short Film Jury Award – Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016
WINNERHamburg Short Film Festival – NoBudget Competition Audience Award 2016
NOMINATED – Best British/Irish Short Film – London Critics Circle Award 2017
NOMINATED Best Director/s,
BFI Future Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary
, London Short Film Festival 2016 (World Premiere)
NOMINATED – Best UK Short – Open City Doc Fest 2016
N. AMERICAN PREMIERE: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA, 2016
SCREENED: British Shorts, Berlin
SCREENED: Glasgow Short Film Festival, March 2016
SCREENED: Flatpack Film Festival, April 2016
SCREENED: IndieLisboa, April 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Vienna Short Film festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Edinburgh Int. Film Festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Encounters Short Film Festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Message to Man International Film Festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2016 (in comp)
SCREENED: ZubrOFFka Short Film Festival 2016 (in comp)

Isabella is a co-directed short experimental animation that I have completed with animator Ross Hogg. The film was funded through an artist bursary scheme by Creative Scotland in late 2014 and completed August 2015.

Isabella Still - Brain Scan


At the age of ninety-two, Isabella struggles to remember…

As she becomes ever fragile and her short-term memory begins to falter, her past is explored, questioned and brought to life.

Isabella takes us on a disjointed yet immersive journey that provides us not only a window into her life, but shows us a mirror to reflect upon our own.

How much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?

Isabella Still

Interview with Duncan in The New Current ahead of British Shorts screening.

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Photo Credit: BAFTA/Alan Peebles



Directed by: Ross Hogg & Duncan Cowles

Featuring: Isabella Hogg

Original score: Robbie Gunn

Sound design: Keith Duncan

Colourist: Will Anderson

Funding Institution: Creative Scotland

Year of Production: 2015

Running time: 9 minutes 19 seconds

Posted on: 16th August, 2015

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