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Bafta winner comes out on top of ultra-short filmmaking challenge

Will Anderson, who in 2013 won the Bafta for Best Animated Short, has won 9.88 Films, the ultra-short filmmaking challenge which is part of Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme.

Anderson’s film uses shadow animation to tell the story of warfare from the earliest days of mankind to the atomic bomb.

Juror Beeban Kidron, director of InRealLife and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, said of the winning film: “To tell such a big story with such elegance is impressive. It does a lot of heavy lifting, but with amazing simplicity.”

The winning films for the competition, supported by Channel 4 and Creative Scotland, were selected from a shortlist of 20 by a panel of high profile jurors, including Coky Geidroyc, Iain Smith OBE, Beeban Kidron and others.Second place was awarded to the film Groundsman, by Dave Young, for his 10 second film showing the friendship between two groundsmen at a rugby club.

MHM Mubassir’s film Dependence, which sees a young boy afraid of the dark, and his mother lighting a candle for him, was awarded third place.

Student winner Kazi Ali Tamaddun’s film, The Last Act, shows a performer realising his audience has left – and taking the only logical route out.

Stuart Cosgrove, director of creative diversity at Channel 4 and chair of the jury panel for 9.88 Films said: “With such a breadth of talent in the shortlist, choosing our eventual winners couldn’t have been anything other than a huge challenge. Those we picked share common characteristics: they move you, enthral you and make you want to watch again.“Will Anderson’s winning film blew everyone away. The storytelling skill, and lightness of touch with such a huge theme was fantastic to see. And at the other end of the spectrum, MHM Mubassir’s Dependence was almost portraiture – a study in calm, sparse, confident and simply beautiful storytelling.“Groundsman was a wonderful example of a well-rounded and warm documentary in just a few seconds, while The Last Act was incredibly complex and meaningful. As with so many of the entries, it was amazing to think that all this was conveyed in just 10 seconds.”