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Monday, 21 May, 2001, 08:41 GMT 09:41 UK
Scot wins Cannes film award
Clip from Daddy's Girl
Allan's film Daddy's Girl won the special jury prize
A Scottish film-maker has scooped a top award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Irvine Allan won the jury's award for his short film Daddy's Girl - which was produced for the BBC - but had to miss Sunday night's ceremony because his partner is expecting to give birth any day.

The 44-year-old toasted his success with champagne at home in Edinburgh and said a win at Cannes was "better than the Oscars".

He said: "I have been celebrating, it's a thrill. It's so great for my film to be there among that kind of company and to be recognised."

Irvine Allan
Irvine Allan was unable to attend the awards ceremony
Allan said short films were "under-appreciated" and expressed his hope that the recognition would change that.

He said: "We had to put up with a lot of press coverage saying there was nothing (British) in the running in Cannes. It's nice we are making a bit of noise now.

"This award is better than the Oscars. It's about being recognised in Europe. It's not just about the American market. It's ace for this to happen."

The nine minute film tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who is abandoned in the rain while her father drinks in the pub.

Absolutely delighted

Allan's partner, who also appears in the film, is expecting the couple's baby later this week.

The film's executive director, Jeremy Howe of the BBC, said he was absolutely delighted at the award.

He said: "This is fantastic for British short films. We are absolutely delighted, this is a wonderful thing to have."

The film was made for the BBC's 10x10 New Directors film strand by Antonine Films Production for BBC Bristol.

No British films made it into the final feature film short list.

British interest

The top award at last night's ceremony, the Palme d'Or, went to Italian movie-maker Nanni Moretti, for his film La Stanza Del Figlio (The Son's Room), a gentle story of a family and the repercussions when the father's job as a psychoanalyst begins to take over their lives.

Cult movie-maker David Lynch was named best director for Mulholland Drive. He shared the award with fellow American directors Joel and Ethan Coen for their latest offering, The Man Who Wasn't There.

There was little British interest in the main Palme d'Or competition with no home-grown movies making it into the final feature film shortlist.

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor's latest film, Moulin Rouge, which also stars Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman, had been nominated in the main feature film category but failed to collect.

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"In a year when British film was notable for its absence, Daddy's Girl was the only one in competition at Cannes"

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