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Ian Waugh is a film director, writer, and artist.

Working between narrative cinema and experimental film, his work deals with notions of otherness and outsiders. In his visceral narrative films, characters face psychological isolation within nature and landscape, whilst his experimental works explore the experience of the moving image through form and abstraction.

An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and Reykjavik International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened at festivals in London, Stockholm, Berlin, Milano, Drama, Kyiv, Busan, Mexico City, and many more worldwide.

Raised in North East England, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University before graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. His graduation film Leaves was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival.

As He Lay Falling premiered in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. Having screened at over 25 international festivals it was released online through the BFI and is being developed into a feature film by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films and Only Son, supported by the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI NET.WORK.