Margaret Tait (1918–1999) was an Orcadian filmmaker and writer whose film poems, hand-painted animations, and documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking. Tait’s refusal to compromise her artistic vision and commercialise her work meant that all but three of her thirty-two films, which she produced between 1952 and 1998, were self-financed. Her decision to remain in Scotland, where there was no sustained film industry at the time, meant she had access to very little funding during her lifetime.
A Glasgow Film Festival commission supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, the Margaret Tait Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working with film and moving image.
Inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland within this field, the award aims to provide a high-profile platform for the selected artist to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience. The award is given to an experimental Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has established 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.
In May 2016 Glasgow-based artist Kate Davis was awarded the commission. Her new film will premiere on Monday 20 February at Glasgow Film Festival 2017.
Previous Winners include Kate Davis, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Anne-Marie Copestake, Torsten Lauschmann and Sarah Forrest. See more on Previous Winners here.
The Margaret Tait Award winners’ films are now being made available to venues, along with the Margaret Tait Residency films, all of which have screened to packed and responsive audiences during Glasgow Film Festival and beyond.
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