Baftas 2013: Scottish wins for The Making of Longbird, Swimmer and Brave

Scottish filmmakers Lynne Ramsay, Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson were among last night’s winners in London, while Scottish-set Disney-Pixar film Brave also triumphed.

Glasgow director Ramsay won in the Best Short Film category for Swimmer, which was commissioned for the London Olympics 2012.

Swimmer is described as “a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline of the British Isles, following a lone swimmer through lakes, rivers and coves”, with the journey framed by a soundtrack of seminal British music. Watch the teaser here:

Ramsay has also directed We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher.

Will Anderson, from the Highlands, and Ainslie Henderson, from the Scottish Borders, won in the Short Animation category for The Making Of Longbird.

The 15-minute feature follows Anderson as he struggles to make a movie about Longbird, an animated Russian bird from 1911.

The movie - Anderson’s graduation film from the Edinburgh School of Art – had already enjoyed massive success, winning 20 prizes at festivals including those held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stuttgart, Annecy and Brooklyn.

It was a night of double triumph for the pair, as Henderson’s animated I Am Tom Moody, which features the voice of Mackenzie Crook (and which Anderson also worked on), won the Scottish Audience Award at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, which took place over the weekend. Watch its trailer here:

Disney-Pixar’s Brave, which was set in Scotland and featured a host of Scottish talent including Kelly Macdonald, Robbie Coltrane and Billy Connolly, won in the Best Animated category at the Baftas.

Elsewhere at the Baftas Political thriller Argo, directed by and starring Affleck, was the biggest winner, taking home the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing.

As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis won the award for best actor for his role in Lincoln, while French actress Emmanuelle Riva was a surprise best actress winner for French film Amour.

Les Misérables won a number of technical awards, along with the title of Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for Django Unchained.

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