margaret tait award

Glasgow Margaret Tait Award 

The Margaret Tait Award is supported by Creative Scotland and LUX. Nominations for this year's award have now closed. 

The aim of the Margaret Tait Award is to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, providing a high profile platform for them to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience. The Award is inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland within this field and aims to raise the profile of the many galleries, curators and arts organisations who support this area of work. It allows Glasgow Film Festival to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the careers of new filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.

The recipient of the Award receives a £10,000 prize to create new work and the opportunity to present it at Glasgow Film Festival in 2015. 
The Award will be given to an experimental Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has developed a significant body of work within film and moving image over the past 3–10 years and is at the cusp of a major impact on the sector. The film which is produced may be screened in a traditional cinema setting within Glasgow Film Theatre, or make a more creative use of this space or a satellite venue.

The winner of the 2014 Award will be announced in May.

You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online.

For information on previous winners, please see below:

2013 Margaret Tait Award winner Rachel Maclean
Last year’s winner, Rachel Maclean, premiered her film at Glasgow Film Festival on Monday 24 February. Her film, A Whole New World, portrays the fantastical ruins of a fallen empire. Combining grand narrative with cheap product placement, the work explores themes related to British Imperial history and national identity. With green screen composite video, hypercoloured fantasy worlds created around existing audio, and  narrated by a statuesque Britannia Goddess, the action frequently shifts genre, moving from an all-singing, all-dancing musical score to sedate period drama and battlefield conflict. Maclean plays all the characters in the work, miming to a multilingual soundtrack and bedecked in an elaborate combination of prosthetic make-up, historical costume and Union Jack-encrusted tourist tat.

Previous Margaret Tait award-winners also include Stephen Sutcliffe, winner of the 2012 award, who screened his film Outwork around the UK after its premiere at GFF 2013 (including a screening at London Film Festival 2013). The 2011 Margaret Tait Award winner was Anne-Marie Copestake who has since screened her film And Under That in Bristol and London while 2010 winner, German-born Torsten Lauschmann toured his piece At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes in Melbourne and London.

 All the Margaret Tait Award winners’ films are now being made available to venues, for more information please visit the Margaret Tait Award on Tour page.

Margaret Tait Residency

Following on from our successful 2012 Margaret Tait Residency, Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Margeret Tait Residency will be returning in 2014. For more details please visit the Margaret Tait Residency page.


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