Alan de Pellette has written and directed 40 hours of drama and comedy in film, television, theatre and radio, earning critical acclaim and several awards. His first short film, THE AFICIONADO, was part of the UK Film Council scheme 8½, under the mentorship of Peter Mullan. It premiered at the UK's leading short film festival, Encounters, went on to screen in festivals around the world and is distributed on TV throughout Europe by Mini Movie Channel. His next short, EUNUCH, screened at Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence, was described by The Express as a “bite sized cutting edge nugget” and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Toronto-based Ouat Media. In 2009, Alan made a landmark 40’ compendium of interconnected short films called DECLARATIONS. It was inspired by themes relating to human rights to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UN Declarations of Human Rights. The film premiered in the backyard of the UN at the New York International Film Festival, where Alan won BEST INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR.
Trained at the renowned BBC Elstree Studios, Alan is a performance driven director, able to straddle drama and comedy, with an acute eye for character and storytelling. He began his career aged 18 as a music writer for Melody Maker and The Sunday Times, interviewing signature bands from the Britpop era and legendary artists like Iggy Pop and Eartha Kitt. He then moved into radio and joined the BBC comedy department, directing many of the classic Radio 4 comedy brands and creating the long running and multi-award winning BBC Scotland football comedy, OFF THE BALL. Before focussing on drama and film, he also worked in TV comedy, helping create the two most popular shows in his native Scotland, CHEWIN’ THE FAT and STILL GAME.
Alan is editing his first feature film, a ghost story set in Scotland, which will be released some time in 2015. Out with his own projects, he is a prominent elected committee member of BAFTA Scotland and has been active in BAFTA's educational programme promoting new talent and young people. He spent 2013 as the Director of BAFTA Scotland, overseeing an increased programme of high value screen industry events and a star studded and successful BAFTA Scotland Awards.