Aficionado Films was set in 2005 up by award winning filmmaker Alan de Pellette. Our mission is to develop and produce ambitious and memorable drama and comedy for audiences throughout the world.

Alan de Pellette has worked in film and television for many years, garnering critical acclaim and several awards for his work. He began his career while in his teens as a music writer for Melody Maker and The Sunday Times, before moving into radio, where he created the long running cult BBC football comedy, Off The Ball. As a Director and Producer with BBC Comedy, he spent 5 years working between London and Glasgow, developing vehicles for high profile actors like Alistair McGowan, Pauline Quirke and Bradley Walsh, as well as directing the early work of writers like Tony Roche, Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill. In his native Scotland, he was instrumental in the evolution of ground breaking comedy shows Chewin The Fat, Shredded Week and Still Game.

Alan made his first short film, The Aficionado, in 2002 as part of the Eight And A Half film scheme, under the patronage of Peter Mullan. It went on to screen at Encounters, Edinburgh and Commonwealth festivals, was shortlisted for the prestigious Jim Poole Award and is distributed to this day throughout Europe by Mini Movie Channel. Since then, his 10' short, Eunuch, screened at Cannes and was picked up for worldwide distribution by Ouat Media, while the 15' black comedy, Soul Mates, premiered at the Kerry International Film festival in 2009. His 45 minute compendium of interconnected films, Declarations, won Best International Director at the 2009 New York International Film Festival. It was also notable for developing 6 first-time writers as part of an ambitious project to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Alan has recently directed an independent feature length film, Elemental, which was selected for Edinburgh International Film Festival Works in Progress 2016. Out with his own work, Alan has been a prominent elected committee member of BAFTA Scotland since 2010.