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Scots film scoops horror honours

Kerry Anne Mullaney and Kris Bird
Kerry-Anne Mullaney and Kris Bird picked up awards at the festival

A film shot on location in the south of Scotland has taken two awards at a movie festival in Spain.

The Dead Outside won best film and Kerry-Anne Mullaney took best director at the 10th Estepona International Horror and Fantasy Film Festival.

It was filmed in Auldgirth near Dumfries and beat off competition from some bigger budget rivals.

Ms Mullaney currently has two more feature films in the pipeline which she also hopes to shoot in the region.

She said she was delighted to have received the recognition for her work.

"I was so thrilled to receive best director. I never expected to receive best film too," she said.

"People came up afterwards and told me how much they loved the film and its foreboding atmosphere."

Ms Mullaney runs film company Mothcatcher along with producer Kris Bird.

They recently moved to the village of New Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway, from a base in Edinburgh.

Mr Bird said the festival awards were a "major achievement" which would hopefully help to secure the support necessary to start filming another feature film later this year.



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