Glasgow Film Festival Margaret Tait Award – Nominations for 2015 now open


Glasgow Film Festival are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the sixth year of the Margaret Tait Award, supported by Creative Scotland and LUX.

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 creativity and 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 will receive a £10,000 prize to create new work and the opportunity to present it at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2016. 
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 film should be completed by January 2016. The winner will be selected in mid May 2015 and production can start immediately following selection.


Nominations are now sought from the sector. The deadline is 5pm on Fri 20 Mar 2015.

Selection process:

Artists must be nominated by a third party.

What we are looking for:

Artists who are Scottish and/or based in Scotland.

Experimental artists who have developed a significant body of work over the past 3–10 years and are at the cusp of a major impact on the moving image sector.

There is no age restriction.

We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who are students. 

How to Nominate:

Please send 200 words on the artist’s career to date, their impact on the sector and your reasons for nominating. Be sure to include a link to the artist’s website or an online example of their work, as well as the artist’s email address and phone number.

Applications should be sent by email only to

Deadline for nominations: 5pm on Friday 20 Mar 2015

Information for Artists:

If you have been nominated, you will be informed immediately and asked to send a portfolio of work. If you are short-listed, you will be asked to send a proposal.

Timeline for Artists:

Now – 20 Mar: Nominations accepted

20 Mar: Nominated artists requested to send in portfolio of work

1 April: Shortlist revealed. Shortlisted artists requested to send in a proposal

16 May: Winner announced, work can start on commission

30 January: Film must be completed and submitted to GFF

February: World premiere takes place during GFF16

Previous winners:

2014 Margaret Tait Award winner Charlotte Prodger screened her work, entitled The Stoneymollan Trail, on Monday 23 February at Glasgow Film Theatre. The film comprised material from multiple formats including an arcgive of MiniDV tapes that Prodger shot between 199 and 2004, ripped YouTube video, recent footage shot on her iphone and HD camera, and screenprinted graphic forms.

Previous Margaret Tait award-winners are:
2013: Rachel Maclean, Happy & Glorious

2012: Stephen Sutcliffe, Outwork

2011: Anne-Marie Copestake And Under That

2010: Torsten Lauschmann At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes

You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online

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.

X+Y, GFT,13 – 26 March, 2015
Glasgow Southside Film: March, 2015

This section: Cinema, Glasgow Film Festival 2015

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