Scottish stand-up comedian Sezar Alkassab and his debut feature film PAINT DRY, have won a prestigious Award of Recognition from The Accolade Global Film Competition. PAINT DRY is an affectionate and often hilarious look at friendship and relationships, and centres on two best friends who ponder the meaning of life and love – or lack of it!

The award was given for Alkassab’s offbeat and poignant film which, while scripted by Sezar, features exceptional performances from Sarah Conway-Jackson and Catriona Smith, and a creative use of animation in a live-action film, with honest dialogue.

“I am delighted the film has been recognised with this award and I am thrilled to share it with the cast and crew” begins Sezar. “Our aim was to provide a voice for audiences with similar experiences to the characters and add humour to a relatable subject matter using creative storytelling techniques.”

The Accolade recognises film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, PAINT DRY joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including the Oscar winning production of The Lady in Number Six by Malcolm Clarke; the very talented Dave Bossert of Disney for his short documentary, The Tunes Behind The Toons; Hollywood industry veteran Ron Howard for When You Find Me and Highwire Films Australia for their popular ABC TV series twentysomething. Rick Prickett, who chairs The Accolade Global Film Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

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