Documentary Film Festival Prize for Screen Academy Scotland Graduate

A documentary that involved trying to track down the former world darts champion – Fifer, Jocky Wilson – has won a prize at the world's oldest documentary film festival.

At the 54th DokLeipzig, Screen Academy Scotland graduate, Julian Schwanitz, was awarded the prize for Best International Short Film, plus €5000.

Wilson was crowned world champion in 1982 and 1989 but has since become something of a recluse. Kirkcaldy Man – running to 17 minutes – was produced by Emma Davie, programme director (film and TV) at Edinburgh College of Art (eca).

Screen Academy Scotland is a joint venture between Edinburgh Napier University and eca. 

Says Robin Macpherson, director of Screen Academy Scotland: “Julian’s win at DokLeipzig is further evidence, if any were needed, of the great documentary talent flowing from eca and Scotland onto the world’s screens.”