Jayisha Patel, a recent graduate of the NFTS Directing Documentary MA, has been nominated for Best Student Film at the One World Media Awards, for her NFTS graduation documentary Circle.

Established in 1988, the One World Media Awards celebrate the best media coverage of the developing world, reflecting the social, political and cultural life of people around the globe. These awards recognise the critical role of journalists and filmmakers in increasing cultural understanding and supporting equality and justice worldwide. On the 18th June 2018, One World Media is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the annual Awards, with winners being announced at a very special ceremony presented by Jon Snow at BAFTA.

Circle, directed by NFTS graduate Jayisha Patel, is one of three films to be nominated for the Best Student Film Award.

Circle is a haunting portrait of a rape survivor, caught in the devious ploys of her family. Through the poignant and personal story of 13-year-old Khushboo, Circle explores the horrors of her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape, and her child marriage to a man she doesn’t know. Where does the circle begin? And can there be any release?

NFTS graduates have won the Student Award twice before at the One World Media Awards; in 2014 for Manila Dreaming, directed by San San F. Young and in 2011 for Miles Apart, directed by Ling Lee. Graduates have also been nominated for Best Student Film in the past – in 2017 with Chomo (directed by Maayan Arad and produced by Khaled Gad) and Promised Land (directed and produced by Shahriar Siami), in 2016 with You Can’t Hide From The Truth (directed by Amaru Amasi) and 2015 with Esta Vida (directed by Lyttanya Shannon).

If you would like to follow in Jayisha’s footsteps, take a look at our MA in Directing Documentary at www.nfts.co.uk/documentary