Submission Countdown: Comedy

Duncan Cowles’ deadpan ode to DIY filmmaking cashes in on the filmmaker’s brand of dry, matter-of-fact comedy, proving that a simple premise when orchestrated precisely can be just as funny as its more ambitiously staged peers.

Taking Stock – which consists almost entirely of stock footage caught by the filmmaker in the hopes of maintaining a stable means of income – finds humour in the mundane predicaments of a struggling freelance artist, and juxtaposes them against slick, glacial shots of exotic fish and stones falling in water.

Taking Stock is one of a series of interrogative, often gently funny short films from BAFTA Scotland Award-winning documentary filmmaker Duncan Cowles, who holds an extensive career in directing and narrating short film and radio stories with a human interest focus. His work has been highlighted on platforms such as It’s Nice That and Vimeo Staff Picks, has played at international festivals in Brussels, Norway and Vienna, and won countless awards on the festival circuit.

The film played as part of Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018’s Comedy programme. A longstanding strand of ASFF, the Comedy programme provides an interpretive, often cathartic slice of short filmmaking for audiences, and captures in-part the political or societal zeitgeist of the time whilst offering broader takes on contemporary themes with a light or satirical touch.

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.