David Knight - 2nd July 2008

Dougal Wilson has won the inaugural Mirrorball Best Music Video prize at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival for his video for Goldfrapp's Happiness - receiving the prize from none other than Sir Sean Connery (the pair pictured above with Mirrorball programmer David Drummond).

At the EIFF awards ceremony last Sunday, where prizes were given to the best features, documentaries and shorts shown at the festival, Dougal accepted the first ever award given by Mirrorball, the festival's longstanding music video strand, from the iconic Scottish actor for his 'hopping man' video for Goldfrapp's Happiness, produced out of Colonel Blimp in London, and commissioned by Carrie Sutton for Mute Records.

"It did feel pretty special," Dougal told PromoNews. "And it was brilliant being among all the film awards. You really feel like a proper filmmaker." He also managed to have a short chat with the Sir Sean at the reception afterwards.

The Mirrorball award winner was judged by a panel of Corin Hardy, commissioner Carmen Montanez-Callan and musician Michael Fakesch, who made their choice from the range of British videos shown at Mirrorball this year. The jury revealed in a statement afterwards that they were initially reluctant to give the prize to Dougal Wilson, a serial award-winner for his previous music videos.

"However, this seemed an unfair reason not to give him the award... because we felt that by crafting a clever, perfectly executed and above all, fittingly uplifting promo he had managed something original, charming and quite brilliant. As-per-usual!"

David Knight - 2nd July 2008

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