Glenrothes teenager nominated for Scottish Bafta

Laura Wadha
Laura Wadha

A Fife teenager has been nominated for an award at this year’s British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards.

A Fife teenager has been nominated for an award at this year’s British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards.

Laura Wadha, 19, from Glenrothes, has been nominated in the director of photography category for her piece entitled ‘Hester’.

The ceremony recognises, inspires and celebrates emerging new talent from all over Scotland and gives up-and-coming industry newcomers an all important platform to be able to showcase their work to a wider audience as well as industry professionals.

There are 36 nominees across 12 different categories including animation, fiction and new work all judged by industry professionals.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in March held at The Arches in Glasgow.

The event will be hosted by author, broadcaster and journalist, Murial Gray.

The category winners will then go on to compete for the ultimate title of ‘best new work.’

Laura graduated from Edinburgh College last year where she studied HND television and has already won recognition and a number of achievements for her film work including the ‘Glenrothes Trophy’ at the 2010 Glenrothes Film Festival for her short piece, ‘Final Embers’.

In October, she was on a shortlist of ten people for ‘Bridging The Gap’, where they developed a short documentary for six weeks, which is run by the Scottish Documentary Institute. At the moment, Laura is developing the same film as a feature on a scheme called ‘Fast Track To Features’ with the Sheffield Doc Fest.

Laura said: “Finding out that I was nominated for a BAFTA New Talent award was a complete shock. I didn’t expect anything when I applied and I’m so grateful. To be nominated is such an achievement.”

About the Scottish Baftas

Since 1989, BAFTA has continued to specifically champion the film, television and video game industries in Scotland by championing new Scottish talent.

Since they began in 1996, the annual New Talent Awards have awarded talented newcomers in a range of tv, film and photography categories.

There are 12 categories in the New Talent Awards including Animation, Game and Director of Photography.

Daniel Kerr is the youngest ever New Talent Award winner. He took home the Acting Performance award in 2013.