Robin Haig received a Carnegie Cameron Postgraduate Masters Bursary in 2014-15 to complete a MFA Advanced Film Practice at Screen Academy Scotland/Edinburgh Napier University.
For her dissertation she co-wrote and directed the short film Hula.
Hula, starring Blythe Duff (Taggart, The James Plays), won Best Drama at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards (14th April, in Glasgow). Robin had previously been nominated for Best Director and Best New Work for Dear Dad a documentary about reconciliation with her deer-stalker father.
Robin said: "Receiving the bursary from the Carnegie Trust was an immense help and quite truthfully, without it I would not have done the course. Undertaking the MFA advanced my skill-set immensely and resulted in an award winning film that will allow me to take the next step in my career - you couldn't ask for more from a masters.
I had worked for several years in the film and television industry but saw that I lacked knowledge in the fundamentals of filmmaking from a director’s perspective. By undertaking the MFA my aim was to gain this understanding and build my skill-set as a director. The course gave me time and space to research, learn and practice, which is quite a luxury. I feel very privileged to have been allowed this time to submerse myself in my specialised subject. I am now in a much stronger position in my career."
The UK premiere was in June at XpoNorth in Inverness. However a number of other showings have been lined up.
Sat 3 Sep, Live at Heart Festival, Sweden
Fri 16 Sep, Graduation Showcase, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Fri 16 & Sat 18 Sep, Hebrides International Film Festival, Lewis, North Uist
Oct, date TBC, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, CCA, Glasgow
3-6 Nov, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York
9-13 Nov, Inverness Film Festival, Inverness
Tickets for the September 16th showing are now available through Eventbrite:
For more information on Robin and her work her website is www.robinhaig.com