This week the nominations were announced for the 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and NFTS is incredibly proud to announce that our alumni have managed to break our previously held record of 13 nominations with a phenomenal 27 nods! 

BIFA The Twenty Third British Independent Film Awards

NFTS alumni dominated the categories this year as films with alumni involvement appearing in almost all the categories including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best British Film, Best Short and Best Sound!

In addition, Saint Maud, written and directed by NFTS alumna Rose Glass received the most nominations of all films, with a record 18 nods across the categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

Performance nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer were all directed by NFTS alumni, namely Nick Rowland (Calm with Horses) Sarah Gavron (Rocks) and Rose Glass (Saint Maud).

Check out all the NFTS alumni nominations below:

Best British Independent Film
Calm with Horses (Nick Rowland and Joe Murtagh)
Rocks (Sarah Gavron)
Saint Maud (Rose Glass)

Best Screenplay
Saint Maud (Rose Glass)

Best Director
Calm with Horses (Nick Rowland)
Saint Maud (Rose Glass)
Rocks (Sarah Gavron)

Best British Short
The Forgotten C (Molly Manning-Walker)
The Long Goodbye (Aneil Karia)
Mandem (Emily Everdee)

Raindance Discovery Award
Perfect 10 (Eva Riley and Jacob Thomas)

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)
Calm with Horses (Nick Rowland)
Perfect 10 (Eva Riley)
Saint Maud (Rose Glass)


Debut Screenwriter
Calm with Horses (Joe Murtagh)
Saint Maud (Rose Glass)

Best Cinematography
Limbo (Nick Cooke)
Mogul Mowgli (Annika Summerson)

Best Editing
Rocks (Maya Maffioli)

Best Music
The Reason I Jump (Nainita Desai)

Best Production Design
Undergods (Elo Soode)

Best Sound
Mogul Mowgli (Paul Davies and Ian Morgan)
Saint Maud (Paul Davies)
The Reason I Jump (Sara De Oliveira Lima_

If you’re interested in training at the same film school as the incredibly talented graduates nominated by BIFA, there is still time to apply and start your course in January! To find out which NFTS courses still have places remaining for 2021, visit

Check out the rest of the BIFA nominations here: