An incredible seven out of the 15 short films longlisted for the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) ‘Best British Short Film’ award are made by NFTS alumni and include two NFTS graduation films.

Facing It Trailer

NFTS graduation films selected for the long list include Facing It, directed, co-written and animated by Sam Gainsborough, produced by Jimmy Campbell-Smith and co-written by Louisa Wood and Moth, directed and animated by Ewa Luczkow, produced by Nikolay Savov and written by Sophie Sims.

Moth trailer

Other short films in the long list with NFTS graduate involvement include:

The Big Day, produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate, Michelle Stein (directed by Dawn Shadforth and written by Kellie Smith)

The Big Day trailer

Dependant, directed by NFTS Directing Fiction MA graduate, Phil Sheerin and produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate, Michelle Stein (written by Curtis Jay Cole).

The Field, directed by NFTS Directing Documentary MA graduate, Sandhya Suri.

The Field trailer

Pommel, co-produced by NFTS Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives graduate, Ivan Kelava (Written & Directed by Paris Zarcilla, co-produced by Sebastian Brown.)

Pommel trailer

To Know Him, co-produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate, Michelle Stein (directed by Ted Evans, written by Kellie Smith, co-produced by Jennifer Monks)

The BIFA Best British Short Film award is supported by BFI NETWORK, a UK-wide partnership of film agencies which supports new and emerging filmmakers. Every year, the partnership invests around £2.5 million of National Lottery funding in new and emerging filmmakers, helping develop and produce over 300 shorts and 60 first features. The five nominees will be revealed on the 31st October, and the winner will be announced at the BIFA ceremony on the 2nd December at Old Billingsgate Market in London.