Relative Films Ltd Relative Films Ltd Scottish award winning documentary production company of Duncan Cowles.


Relative Films Ltd is the Scottish based production company of Duncan Cowles, a BAFTA Scotland award winning documentary filmmaker, whose works include: The Lady with the Lamp (2012), Radio Silence (2013), Directed by Tweedie (2014), Isabella (2015), Alexithymia (2017), Taking Stock (2017), Just Agree Then (2018) & In the Company of Insects (2020).

The company was registered at the start of 2017 to facilitate the development and production of Duncan's first feature documentary Silent Men, currently supported by Screen Scotland & The Whickers. In addition to this long-term feature project Duncan has also been commissioned to make work for Channel 4, STV, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 4, TED, Adobe, Red Bull Media House and more.

Key Awards

Winner – BAFTA Scotland Award, Best Short Film 2016
 – Royal Television Society Scotland Award 2018
Winner – 2016 Scottish Short Film Award – Glasgow Short FF
Winner – 2015 Scottish Short Film Award – Glasgow Short FF
Winner – BFI Best UK Short Film & RAW Award 2016
Winner – Audience Award NoBudget Competition, Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2016
Winner – Vienna Shorts Two Month Artist Residency 2017 with Q21 & MuseumsQuartier
Winner – Best UK Short, Open City Documentary Festival 2017
Winner – Audience Award, Kyiv International Short Film Festival 2018
- Audience Award, Szczecin European Film Festival 2018
Winner - The Smalls Film Festival, Best Documentary 2022
Winner - Audience Award, Flatpack Film Festival 2023
Winner – Frēsh18 Carbon Award

Nominated – IPSE Freelance Project of the Year 2019
Nominated – 
BAFTA Scotland New Talent 2014: Best Factual
Nominated – London Critics Circle Award – Best British Short Film 2017
Nominated – London Critics Circle Award – Best British Short Film 2016
Nominated – Royal Television Society Scotland Student Best Factual 2013
Nominated – Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show Audience Award 2013
Nominated – Channel 4 Award for Innovation in Storytelling
Nominated – Best UK Short, Open City Documentary Festival 2016
Nominated – Best Documentary, LSFF 2016
Nominated – Creative Edinburgh Award 2017 & 2020

Festival Highlights

BFI London Film Festival, BFI Future Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Festival, ZagrebDox, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Dresden International Short Film Festival, Uppsala Short Film Festival, IndieLisboa Film Festival, VIS Vienna Shorts, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Seville European Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival,Open City Documentary Festival, Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, GoShort International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Brussels Short Film Festival, Szczecin European Film Festival, Cellu L’art Short Film Festival, Black Nights Film Festival POFF, ZubrOFFka International Short Film Festival, Norwegian International Short Film Festival, Message to Man International Short Film Festival, DokumentArt European Film Festival, XpoNorth, Inverness Film Festival, Cromarty Film Festival, The Smalls Film Festival, Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, East End Film Festival, British Shorts Berlin, Loco Comedy Film Festival, IndieCork Film Festival, Scottish Mental Health & Arts Film Festival, Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney, Riga International Film Festival, Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, This is England Film Festival

Visit Duncan's website ( for full body of work and portfolio including all personal films, commissions, commercials, corporate videos and other work.  

Relative Films Ltd registered in Scotland SC543524.