THE director of animated movie Brave has been given an award by Scotland's tourism agency for his contribution to the industry.

Mark Andrews received the Global Scottish Thistle Award, a new award from VisitScotland for those who have helped to put Scotland on the world stage, at a ceremony in Glasgow.

The Disney Pixar film, which is set in ancient Scotland and stars the voices of Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Kelly Macdonald, has now taken more than £315 million around the globe. Tourism agency VisitScotland also ran a worldwide promotional campaign to coincide with its release.

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Mike Cantlay, VisitScotland chairman, said: "Throughout the last year, Mark's film has catapulted Scotland into the hearts and minds of millions of potential visitors from around the world, and it was only right that we honour the mastermind behind this beautiful work.

"He is a terrific and truly international ambassador for Scottish tourism."

Andrews said: "I'm honoured that I could help raise awareness and bring Scotland out there to the world.

"Over the last year I've embraced my own Scottish roots, and directing Brave has given me a wonderful chance to visit the country that I love."