Ian Waugh is a film director and writer. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, and Reykjavík International Film Festival Transatlantic Talent Lab, his work has screened in competition worldwide.
Raised in North East England, he studied photography and film at Edinburgh Napier University, graduating with an MFA in Advanced Film Practice from Screen Academy Scotland. His graduation drama Leaves was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival.
He formed the production label Only Son to shoot the short drama Strayed on location in the Scottish Highlands. Strayed previewed at a Scottish Government Film Showcase at the European Union before premiering in competition at the Glasgow Short Film Festival. It was released online through the acclaimed independent film platform NoBudge.
He returned to the Scottish Highlands with Creative Scotland’s Scottish Shorts commission of the short drama As He Lay Falling. After premiering in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, As He Lay Falling received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria. Having screened at over 25 international festivals it was released online through the BFI Network.
As He Lay Falling is being developed into a feature film of the same name by Nakba FilmWorks, Homemade Films, and Only Son. Supported by the Scottish Film Talent Network with the assistance of Creative Scotland and the BFI Network, the project participated in the New Talent strand of Film London’s Production Finance Market before further development through Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects. An international co-production, As He Lay Falling will shoot on location in Scotland and Greece.
Working with photography and video, Ian has been an artist in residence with Magnetic North in Scotland, Arteles Creative Centre in Finland, and The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM) in Iceland. With the support of Creative Scotland, he returned to SÍM in 2017 to begin early development of an Icelandic set feature film while producing video works for a solo exhibition.