Outlets is a process-led personal short film by Duncan Cowles completed in September 2022.

Unable to move on from the death of his granny, a filmmaker desperately searches for the right film idea that will finally allow him to let go…

Through a series of stylistically different film ideas Outlets takes you on a journey into the grieving process of a creative brain.

Can you ever really let go of a loved one once they’re gone?

A film by Duncan Cowles
Music by various artists, incl Richard Luke
Sound design & mix by Keith Duncan

Completed: September 2022
Length: 19 Minutes
Production Company: Relative Films Ltd


Winner – Audience Award, Flatpack Film Festival (UK)
Winner – Best Editing, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK)
Nominated – London Critics Circle Awards – Best British/Irish Short Film 2024

03/2023 – Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK)
05/2023 – IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Silvestre Competition (Portugal)
05/2023 – Flatpack Film Festival (UK)
09/2023 – The Smalls Film Festival (UK)
09/2023 – Encounters Short Film Festival (UK)
10/2023 – Bolton Film Festival (UK)
10/2023 – Family Film Project (Portugal)
11/2023 – Montréal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Québec/Canada)
11/2023 – Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK)
11/2023 – PÖFF – Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
11/2023 – Inverness Film Festival (UK)
01/2024 – London Short Film Festival (UK)
01/2024 – British Shorts Berlin (Germany)

Director’s Notes: Top Ten Most Thought-Provoking shorts at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2023
Scots Whay Hae! Podcast with Sanne Jehoul ahead of Glasgow Short Film Festival 2023
Interview with Flatpack Film Festival about Outlets & Desire Lines
Variety – London Critics Circle Awards Nominations 2024




This film has been officially assessed and has passed the BFI Diversity Standards.

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