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Taking Stock

Taking Stock is a new short film by Duncan Cowles, commissioned as part of Channel 4’s Random Acts TV Series. Completed in October 2017, the film was broadcast on Channel 4, December 1st 2017 in Random Acts Series 4, Episode 4.

Using his failed attempts at creating profitable stock footage, a filmmaker reflects on the absurd, mundane and funny side of being trapped inside your own head as an out of work, self-employed freelancer.

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Winner – Royal Television Society Scotland Award 2018
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


02/2018 – Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (USA)
03/2018 – Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK)
04/2018 – Dresden International Short Film Festival (Germany)
04/2018 – Flatpack Film Festival (UK)
04/2018 – Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine)
04/2018 – Cellu l’art Short Film Festival (Germany)
05/2018 – Brussels Short Film Festival (Belgium)
06/2018 – VIS Vienna Shorts Festival (Austria)
06/2018 – ‘A Wall is a Screen’ @ 34th Hamburg Short Film Festival (Germany)
06/2018 – XPONorth (UK)
06/2018 – Shortest Nights, Short Sighted Cinema (UK)
09/2018 – Encounters Short Film Festival (UK)
10/2018 – BFI London Film Festival (UK)
10/2018 – Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden)
10/2018 – DokumentART European Film Festival (Germany)
10/2018 – Szczecin European Film Festival (Poland)
11/2018 – Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland)
11/2018 – Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival (Germany)
11/2018 – Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK)
01/2019 – London Short Film Festival (UK)
01/2019 – British Shorts Berlin (Germany)



A film by: Duncan Cowles

Composer: Anthony Ing

Commissioned by Catherine Bray for Channel 4's Random Acts

Broadcast Date: 1st December, Channel 4 (UK)

Length: 4mins

Completed: October 2017

Production Company: Relative Films Ltd

Posted on: 1st October, 2017

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