A fantastic three NFTS graduation films have been nominated for the prestigious Grierson Awards that commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary.

The NFTS films short-listed for the ITV Best Student Documentary category of the Grierson Award are:

Acta Non Verba, an exploration of grief and suicide and the relationship between a father and a son is directed, written and shot by Yvann Yagchi. (Producer, Fawzia Mahmood; Writers: Fiction, Kerri Davenport-Burton; Cinematography: Fiction, Thomas Doran; Production Manager, Sonia Hoogenstraaten, Production Manaer: Fiction, Daniella Rice; Editor, Aurora Vögeli; Sound Recordist, Hosea Ntaborwa; Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Morgan Muse; Composer, Segun Akinola.)

Chomo, which about a community of Buddhist nuns from Tibet and focuses on Chomo, a woman who is now in the 7th of 21 years of study, is directed, shot and produced by Maayan Arad  (Production Managers, Marta Henriquez, Alicja Kielbasa; Graphic Designer Damián Galán Álvarez; Editor, Jamie Kataky; Sound Recordist, Rory Rea; Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Michalianna Theofanopoulou; Composer, Matthew Peters; Colourist & Online Editor, Vlad Barin; Producer, Khaled Gad.)

Pride In Rags is directed, shot and produced by Tom Whitaker and centres on Dewsbury, a town whose reputation is in tatters due to a number of events which have brought unwanted attention to this small corner of Yorkshire (Production Manager, Daniella Rice; Editor, Rachel Roberts; Sound Recordist, Keith Morrison; Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Mark Bailey; Composer, Louis Dodd; Compositor, Alex Davies; Colourist & Online Editor, Vlad Barin.)

For an amazing seventh year running, the NFTS have the most films selected in student documentary section. The awards ceremony takes place on the 6th November at The Mermaid in London.

In addition, no fewer than 49 NFTS students and graduates are credited on projects which have been nominated for this year’s Grierson Awards. These include:

Best Single Documentary - Domestic

Aberfan: The Green Hollow - Sound Effects Editor, Vicente Villaescusa

No Place to Call Home - Director/Producer, Luke Sewell

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad – Composer, Mat Davidson

Best Single Documentary - International

Unarmed Black Male – Composer, Mat Davidson

Best Arts Documentary

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories - Writer/Director/Editor, Nick Willing; Producer, Michele Camarda

Best Historical Documentary

Aberfan: The Green Hollow - Sound Effects Editor, Vicente Villaescusa

Destination Unknown, directed by NFTS Directing Documentary tutor, Claire Ferguson

Best Science Documentary

Forces of Nature with Brian Cox Episode 2 - Supervising Sound Editor, Jay Price; Sound, Andy Paddon

Best Entertaining Documentary

First Dates Series 8 Part 1 - Lead Editor, Radoslaw Sienski; Composer, Miguel d’Oliveira

Best Documentary Series

American Justice – Composer, Jon Opstad

Exodus: Our Journey to Europe – Editors, Simon Sykes; Nick Fenton and Sunshine Jackson

Hospital - Director/Producers, Amanda Richardson and Marc Williamson; Assistant Producer, Lyttanya Shannon

DocHouse Best Cinema Documentary

Half Way – Editor, Vera Simmonds; Sound Designer, Luke Shrewsbury

Best Documentary Short

Johanna – Colourist, Susumu Asano

The Refugee Diaries Episode 3 – Editor, Yann Heckmann

For more information on the National Film and Television School, please visit www.nfts.co.uk